Abdominal Muscles

How are you supposed to work your abs muscles if you don’t know them? There is more than the six pack, and well, it isn’t called that way. Here’s a short and simple guide to learn about the abdominal muscles.

There are 4 muscles on your stomach area, let’s take a look at them:

The Transverse Abdominal Muscle

Also known as transversus abdominis muscle and transversalis muscle. This is the deepest stomach muscle. This is one of the most important muscles of our body; in fact it is one of our core muscles responsible of many of our body functions and athletic performance. It is involved in posture, balance and stability it wraps around the torso.

Rectus Abdominis

These are what people commonly call “abs” or the “six pack” this is a long vertical muscle that starts above the pubic bone and ends up just below the ribs. Most people think this are the only muscles to work, when the truth is that we must strive to work all muscles, including the deep transverse abdominal muscles.

Abdominal External Oblique Muscle

This is a broad and thin muscle that goes from the ribs to the hips in a diagonal angle. The external oblique muscles help in rotation and side flexion of the torso.

Abdominal Internal Oblique Muscle

Like the external oblique, it is broad and thin but it lies beneath the external oblique muscles. They are also involved in rotation and flexion of the torso.