Of all the core exercise variations out there, crunches definitely dominate in terms of popularity. But are they actually effective for achieving abs, or have we all been wasting our time? Personal trainer Ridge Davis helped us settle the debate once and for all. Spoiler: there are better moves to help you achieve that six-pack.
Do crunches offer any benefit at all?
“Crunches are one of many exercises for abdominal development but shouldn’t necessarily be your go-to move for creating a beautiful midsection,” Ridge told POPSUGAR. “My philosophy is that there is not a bad exercise but a poorly executed one.”