When most of us think of strengthening our core, we picture crunches. But it’s past time to ditch them. “It’s a myth that crunches are the best way to work your abs,” says Tee Major, a personal trainer who served as a fitness advisor for the U.S. Military. Below are 10 superior exercises for a bulletproof core. Adding them to your regular workouts will not only help you lift heavier loads, and have the stability to hold the proper form for squats, deadlifts, and presses, your newfound strength will help protect you from injury, both in the gym, and in life.