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Skip the Crunches: This Trainer Has a Way More Effective Exercise For You

We get it - you hate crunches. But as it turns out, you might be onto something; they might not be the most effective use of your gym time. Trainer and owner of LEKfit Lauren Kleban told us that crunches are totally overrated, and she has a supereffective alternative for you to do instead. "Planks are safer and way more effective than crunches," Lauren said. "They work the entire core, engaging your legs, arms, and bum (via the glutes), which means you can burn more calories!" That all sounds great, but why are crunches not as good? She explained that crunches only work two muscle groups - the obliques and the rectus abdominis ("your six-pack!").
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