By Shannon Farrell, Daily Makeover
Crunches With bikini season here, it's only natural to get a little crazy with the crunches. But no matter how many crunches you do, and we've done a lot in our spare time, you're not going to get the six-pack you've always dreamed of. If your goal is a smaller waistline, crunches just don't work. Here's why.
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Crunches Only Target One Section
Crunches only work the front part of the abdominals (the rectus abdominus muscle) so your midsection looks great from the front, but less so from the side. To get a lean look all around, you need to do exercises that work all of the abdominal muscles.
Crunches Don't Get Rid Of Fat
You can have strong, amazing abs and never see them if there's a layer of fat over the muscles. To get those perfectly sculpted abs we see on celebrities, you need to reduce body fat by keeping up with a low-fat diet with lots of protein. No crunches or ab workout is going to give you those results
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