Are crunches or planks better for a flat stomach? Trainers weigh

woman relaxing in gym with strong abs

woman relaxing in gym with strong abs

Ready for some absolutely groundbreaking insights into two popular exercises that are regular in our workout routine? At some point in the gym or even at home, you must have wondered which exercise is better for a flat stomach: crunches or planks? Both exercises target the abs, and both are equally difficult as the burning sensations felt in the abdominal area and even the legs can sometimes be tired and uncomfortable. While planks and crunches are great for a flat stomach, we decided to ask trainers which one takes the crown when it comes to actual, visible results in a shorter amount of time.

We spoke to Nadia Murdock, certified fitness instructor, and Robert Kurz, crossfit instructor at Motifitlife. Murdock and Kurz revealed it to us axes you’re the winner here over crunches if your goal is to shed those belly fat. Planks emerge triumphant for several reasons, which we will go into further. Read on to learn more!


Planks engage multiple muscle groups. They include your core, lower back, and glutes, which results in a more efficient workout to get a toned midsection. Kurz says, “First and foremost, the plank is a full-body exercise that goes beyond just targeting the abs. When done correctly, it engages the glutes, quads, and even the upper body, especially the shoulders. This comprehensive engagement of multiple muscle groups makes it a more efficient workout.”

Murdock expands on this further and says, “Planks focus on the rectus abdominis, obliques, erector spinae, glutes, hip flexors, quads, and deltoids. I highly recommend this over crunches, especially if you’re pressed for time. It’s also a great option for functional strength training.”

Including workouts that target various muscle groups is not only great for your overall fitness, but it’s also helpful when it comes to getting defined and sculpted abs.

Kurz offers great insight into why planks are really great even for beginners. “The plank is a more forgiving exercise, particularly for beginners. It has fewer key points to observe, reducing the risk of incorrect execution. In contrast, crunches require precise technique, and improper execution can often lead to back pain, especially for beginners,” she notes.

When done correctly and consistently, planks can deliver remarkable results such as core strength, improved stability, and a more defined midsection.

How to do planks

Kurz explains step-by-step how to do planks correctly: “Starting Position: Start in a kneeling position on the floor with your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your feet, ankles, knees, and hips are in a vertical plane, which means your legs should be parallel. On an exercise or yoga mat, place your elbows directly under your shoulders and rest your forearms on the floor. Many people have their hands balled into fists, but some flatten them on the mat. weight on elbows and toes. Squeeze your glutes and core to create tension throughout your body. Key points: Keep your body straight and maintain a strong, stable core throughout the exercise. Your body should be lifted, bearing weight on your forearms and feet. Don’t let your hips drop to the ground! Noted!

It’s not uncommon to struggle with proper form when attempting planks, which can lead to feeling discouraged. However, you can always start over if needed, as practice makes perfect. Murdoch explains, “You can always work your way towards a goal (time and/or difficulty) and also scale back if you’re injured or feel like you’re sacrificing your form.”

The bottom line

Keep in mind that getting a flatter tummy isn’t just about a single exercise; there are other factors involved as well, such as a balanced diet and a consistent exercise routine. The plank is simply a good incorporation as it directly targets the stomach; as Kurz says, “Spot reduction or fat loss in a targeted area like the stomach isn’t feasible. So if you’re looking for a full-body, versatile, and indulgent workout, plank is your exercise.”

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