For as long as crop tops, bikinis, and, well, Britney Spears have been around, there’s been an all-consuming obsession with having a flat, six-pack stomach. Eavesdrop on a personal training consult and, more often than not, you’ll hear the client say, “I want abs.” Take a peek around the gym and you’ll probably see half the population cranking away at crunches, bicycles, the ab wheel, and other core moves that’ll make it hurt to laugh tomorrow.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s hella important to have a strong core. But it’s about time we appreciate this ever-important muscle group for what it really does, and stop placing all its value on its resemblance to a pack of Coke cans. Here are reasons why your abs is beyond-skin-deep: