In my experience most people like to think that crunches are the only way to get the “firm” look in their abs for that six pack…however, I have found that isometric exercises such as the plank have helped not only improve the look of the rectus abdominus but the function by working the core as a whole. It’s all about risk versus reward in this situation. I would rather have my clients goal be more about the core with mountain climbers, planks, russian twists, etc. then crunches. I use them sparingly as there are many more exercises that can get the same benefit with less risk.
Well, since the answer is yes, then… let me think… YES! I don’t really train my abdominals specifically. I incorporate them into ALL of my other actions if and when I’m able. It gives me greater stability and balance while becoming natually 2nd nature, so, when I need them to uphold their end, they can and will.
In b4 “tone” and “crunches”.
Also- Original Poster appears to be a Troll.
Falling into most peoples myth- massive amounts of crunches do little to “tone” abs.
“Tone” is not a word for the gym. It refers to increasing muscle and fat to a pleasing percentage.
Your answer is YES. Abs show from a body fat percentage, and can be apparent from someone who does no core work, and tries to eat well in the kitchen.
PS remove the advertisement please OP
Yes. I often get asked what is the best exercise to tone up my abs? I usually tell people there is no magical exercise. You need to eat a healthy diet, train your cardiovascular system on most days of the week and chose exercises that give you the most bang for your buck. Some of these exercises include push-ups, side planks, pull-ups and sprinting. Crunches just aren’t necessary if your train with high intensity exercises.
Sure, there are plenty of other exercises and actually I don’t like crunches at all.
In today’s work world the standard norm is a person slouched over a desk with rounded shoulders so I tend to stay away from that model as much as possible
Planks, standing trunk lateral flexion, v sits, trunk rotations are a few
Also being aware of posture will enhance abdominal strength and recognition.