Abs Exercise Guides - Photos and Instructions To Get Ripped Abs
Your abdominals, commonly called abs, consist of several
muscle groups, all located in the midsection, just below your chest
to your pubic bone. These include: rectus abdominis which
is made up of upper, middle, and lower abs; transverse abdominis;
and the obliques. The upper, middle and lower abs start near the
middle of your sternum and runs vertically to the lower part of
the pelvis; they are responsible for flexing the vertebral column
or helping you curl your trunk as you would when doing crunches
or sitting up in bed. The transverse abdominal muscles run horizontally
and are the deepest muscular layer of the abs; they run around your
body like a girdle and help compress and support internal organs.
The obliques are the muscles that make up your waist and consist
of two smaller groups: the external obliques and the internal obliques.
The external obliques are the muscles of the upper and outside part
of your waistline; they start just under your chest, on your lower
eight ribs, and are responsible for helping you twist and bend sideways.
The internal obliques are located beneath the external obliques;
they also helps you twist. It is important to have strong abdominals
for most all motions, including common day-to-day activities. In
addition, most low-back pain is attributed to weak abdominals.