Monday, October 26, 2009

Strengthening Your Core

It's amazing to think that your abs are the key to your health, think about it, you use your abs in almost every activity you do, running, lifting, jumping, sitting down, and even pushing a grocery cart. That is why it is so important to workout your abs, it is like the glue that holds everything together. If you have good abs, you can prevent injuries, especially back pain.

So how do you go about working out those abs? What is the best way to make sure that you have a strong core? Well, first you need to understand your abs and the different regions you need to focus on. It is important that you workout each region so that you can achieve the rock hard abs you have always wanted.

Transverse Abdominal

Maybe you have not heard of this muscle, but it is also referred to as the transversalis muscle or the transverses abdominis muscle. The transverse abdominal is a muscle layer of the anterior and lateral abdominal wall. It runs horizontally around your abdomen and helps as a compressor and a stabilizer for your abs.

Rectus Abdominal

This is the six-pack, when you see someone with their shirt off and you see that uniformed muscle formation, you are looking at the Rectus abdominal. This muscle helps you keep good posture and also allows you to perform a crunch.

External Obliques

The external oblique is a very important muscle, it moves diagonally from your ribs down the sides of your waist. It is also the largest and the most shallow of the three flat muscles that make up your lateral anterior abdomen. This muscle helps torso rotation, so if you play golf, tennis, baseball, developing theses muscles would be a great idea.

Internal Obliques

These muscles are very similar to the external obliques, and like the external oblqiues they too run diagonally down from the rib cage to your waist. They lie in between your rib cage and the external obliques.

Find some workouts to target each region of your abdomens, help team it up with a good and healthy diet. It is going to take hard work and a lot of discipline to reveal your abs, but do not quit until they show up. Also do some interval training, it will help you build lean muscle mass, which will help bring those abs to life.

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