3 Things To Know About Your Ab Workouts
Updated: Aug 5, 2019
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Many of us have probably tried countless ab workouts to get a flat stomach and a defined six-pack. Not only are they nice to look at, but strong abs are also important for good posture and protecting the spine. The next time you get ready to do your ab workouts, keep these 3 important things in mind.
#1: The abs aren't one big muscle, but a group of muscles in your midsection.
The abdominal muscles are composed of four main groups:
Transversus Abdominis - this is the deepest abdominal muscle and is located underneath the obliques. It stabilizes the lower back during movement, assists with breathing and helps to expel organ contents in the abdomen (child birth, going to the bathroom, etc).
Rectus Abdominis - best known as the six-pack muscles, the rectus abdominis controls lumbar flexion (moving the spine forward, ie doing a sit up or crunch). They are a pair of muscles that run vertically up the the front of the abdomen.
External Obliques - these are the outermost abdominal muscles and assist with rotation and flexion. The external obliques help to compress the abdominal cavity by pulling the chest downwards, which is important for holding organs in place.
Internal Obliques - located underneath the external obliques, these muscles also assist with rotation and flexion. They also help with stability of the spine.
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