Abdominal Muscle Facts




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Understanding the abdominal muscle group can help give you a better understanding of how to flatten your stomach area.

Most people consistently do traditional stomach exercises to help flatten

their stomach and treat the abs as if it were one muscle group.

The abdominals are grouped into 6 muscles that extend on the ribs and to different areas of the pelvis.

The functions of the abdominals are that it provides support to the core which is commonly referred to as the trunk. Your abs not only provides good posture by supporting the spine, but also helps in the breathing process.

The ab muscles that most people commonly refer to as the “six pack” are actually called the rectus abdominis, which are typically more apparent when the body fat is low enough so that the layer of body fat between the muscle and the skin is thin enough to make the “six pack apparent.


The primary function of the abdominal muscles have many benefits including supporting the back. Weak abdominals and core can often leads to back trouble. Many people who have back trouble often stay away from abdominal exercises, when in fact strengthening the abs core will help relieve some of the issues of lower back problems and a healthy spine.



The 6 types of ab muscles

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There are 6 Types of ab muscles contained in the abdominal group.

Transverse Abdominis

The Transverse Abdominis are the abs that lay underneath the abs ( the deepest abs) and play a major role on the effect of body posture. To strengthen the transverse abdominus, core exercises are needed and are more effective than your traditional stomach exercises that are used to show the “six pack”.

Internal Obliques
The internal obliques are a pair of deep muscles that are just below the external oblique muscles and also have substantial impact on posture. The internal oblique is the second deepest abdominal muscle, next to the transverse abdominus. The internal oblique’s function is to rotate the trunk toward the same side.


Rectus Abdominus
The rectus abdominus are more commonly known as the “6 pack”, and are very important to many different functions of daily activities including breathing.provides core stabilization and compresses the abdominal wall.

External Obliques
The external obliques are located on both side of your torso and are located on both sides of the rectus abdominis. The muscle fibers of the external obliques run diagonally downward and look similar to the letter V. The external obliques allow flexion of the spine, rotation of the torso and bending sideways.

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Absolute Abs Video


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