11 Exercise Myths -- Busted

Is it best to stretch before a workout? Should you stick with crunches only for the best abs? Separate the myths from the facts (12 Photos)

Linda Melone on Mar 6, 2012 at 2:19PM

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11 Exercise Myths -- Busted

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Exercise Myth: Crunches Will Give You the Best Abs

The reality: "The core includes the whole midsection -- front, back and sides. Crunches hit the rectus muscles in front [that make up the six pack], the obliques on the sides, but do little for the deeper muscle groups ,” explained Rubenstein. Instead just doing crunches, mix it up with planks and twisting exercises that work the entire core, he adds. It'll also help make those excruciating ab workouts more interesting.

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