Sit-ups have long been considered the go-to exercise for sculpting strong abs. However, recent research has shown that sit-ups can strain the neck and spine, causing discomfort and even injury. Fortunately, there are alternative exercises that can provide better results for strengthening the core without the risks associated with sit-ups. Plank variations, bicycle crunches, Russian twists, mountain climbers, flutter kicks, and leg raises are all effective exercises for targeting the abs. By incorporating these exercises into your routine, you can achieve a stronger core and reduce the risk of injury.