Crunches (also referred to as abdominal muscles) work the rectus abdominis muscle in the midsection of your body--but can also engage the internal/external oblique muscles, especially with rotation added onto the movements. But for a truly hardened core, you need to also target your side, back, psoas, and gluteal muscles. That means you should add things like planks, Russian twists, and flutter kicks to your routine.
To make crunches effective in providing results you would have to work out all of four muscles on a regular basis:
This why you will commonly hear people say that it is impossible to target a muscle to burn belly fat. You have to work out several muscles to start seeing results. In any occasion crunches are a great way to strike out the rectus abdominis workouts with a little bit of internal/external obliques.
Variations: There are many variations for the crunch. You can perform the exercise with weights, or on top of an exercise ball or on a decline bench.
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