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Study: The Best Sit-Up of All Time Is Still a Crunch

Ab Workout

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  • A new study compared the effectiveness of 15 abdominal exercises with the traditional crunch, and the crunch had the greatest muscle activation of all the exercises
  • There’s no need to spend money on expensive abs machines or other devices. Crunches work even better to strengthen and tone your abs
  • The researchers paid careful attention to the participants’ form to be sure they were doing the crunches correctly, and that’s likely why they showed so much benefit
  • Abdominal exercises must be done in a variety of ranges of motion, in different angles and positions, in order to engage all muscles, so choose a variety of exercises in addition to crunches
  • Even with the proper exercise, you will not see defined abs unless you reduce your overall body fat by eating right

By Dr. Mercola

Your abdominals are part of your body's 29 core muscles, which are located mostly in your back, abdomen, and pelvis.

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