Many people think they know much about their inner core and ab muscles, especially how to correctly strengthen them.
Everyone is looking for new and exciting ways to get six pack abs or a flat tummy, but to truly understand how to get your abs toned, you need to know the muscles. Let’s break down the five ab muscles.
- Rectus Abdominis
The rectus abdominis is the most known ab muscle because it is the one we all notice the most. This muscle is the long, flat muscle that runs up and down from the fifth and seventh rib. The job of the rectus abdominis is to narrow the space between the ribs and the pelvis, flexing your spinal column. It also comes into play when you perform any activity that involves bending side to side. There is a strong sheath of tendons that is called the “linea alba” that divides the rectus abdominis muscle down the middle. The three additional sheaths that run horizontally give men the washboard abs look when they are at their strongest.
- External Oblique’s
These muscles come in a pair and are located on the sides of the rectus abdominis. The muscle fibers in the muscle run down in a diagonal position and also inward from the ribs to the pelvis, basically a large letter V. They are responsible for allowing flexibility of the spine, bending sideways, compressing the abdomen, and rotating the torso.
- Internal Oblique’s
These muscles sit deep inside your body and are located just under the external obliques. They are both at right angles to each other in location. The internal obliques are also needed for flexibility in the spinal column, rotation of the trunk, compressing the abdomen, and bending sideways. Since the internal and external obliques are aligned at right angles to each other, they are often referred to as opposite-side rotators.
- Transversus Abdominis
The transversus abdominis are the deepest layer of muscle in the abdomen. They wrap completely around the bodies torso, going from the ribs to the pelvis. The muscle fibers go from side to side, quite like a corset. The muscle does not aide in moving the spine or pelvis but its helps support breathing and respiration. It helps force our breaths from the lungs and compresses the internal organs.
- Hip Flexors
Though hip flexors are not technically abdominal muscles, they are used for movements in different ab exercises. They are a group of muscles that adjoin the trunk and the legs together in a flexion movement. Many ab exercises actually use the hip flexors more than the abdominal muscles themselves. To strengthen your abs and control the amount of hip flexors movements you are making, you will need to isolate the abdominals with every exercise.
Ok, So now you know how to get strong abs, now get out there and make it happen.