I Don't Do Crunches in CrossFit, but Here Are 6 Core-Strengthening Plank Variations I Never Skip

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When I started CrossFit almost four years ago, I thought it was strange that we didn’t specifically work our abs. But so many of the exercises we do are full-body moves that target our core more than crunches could.

Although plank variations aren’t a standard CrossFit exercise, we definitely do them often when warming up and for accessory work since planks help with core balance and strength. Engaging the core during plank variations also trains us to keep our core engaged during workouts, even when we are breathing heavy or physically challenged, which can help prevent injury. These are the six variations I do every single week.

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