The answers are all great. Neither one is necessarily the better type of training. They are just different. Sets target the muscle group(s) in question. Circuits spread the overload more diffusely throughout the body. Both can have significant benefit. I would include both in the training program.
I would include learning to activate the stability muscles throughout all exercises performed. Many of the currently used exercises are excellent for increasing endurance (planks, bridging, etc.), especially for novice exercisers. But stability, like most activities, needs to be dynamic and adaptive.
Teaching techniques that allow clients to intentionally activate the stability system is the first step. When this is done consistently, the client will develop this into a habit and also become aware of when the system is not activated or too fatigued to safely attempt an activity.
The progression of this is to use multiplanar movement activation exercises for the stability muscles. This is fairly complex, but not difficult to learn how to do or how to teach. Understanding progression/regression is the key to this and really any type of exercise system.
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1. Abs are made in the kitchen.
2. Abdominal area is the first and last place the body stores energy (fat). It is not a link to how many crunches one does but a total body fat percentage indicator.
The best way to hit it is work all of the big muscles and work the abs like any other muscle. 3-5 sets max, 6-20 reps max.