The Hardest Moves You've Never Tried Power Planks
Muscle and Fitness Hers South Africa|May 2021
Experts once recommended a seemingly endless array of crunches to help sculpt six-pack abs. Today, we know that crunches and situps aren’t likely to get you the ab-fab results you really want, and planks reign supreme as the ultimate tummy toner.
Cat Perry
But what makes the ground-gazing move so effective at sculpting your abs? The secret is in the mechanics.

The plank is a static, isometric exercise that requires the abdominals to stop movement while also supporting the spine. It’s a far more functional exercise than crunches, plus planks are generally safer for the lower back. But most important, they work: A 2011 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that elbow planks were more than twice as effective at core and spine activation than traditional crunches.

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