Get Down to the Core of Great Abs
Written By Jeffrey T. Spaeth, L.M.T., C.P.T.
Obtaining the perfect set of abs may be the fitness fantasy of many, but the quest to achieve them takes work. It’s a goal anyone can reach with a realistic approach.
It’s All About Those Abs
Working out your abs can be difficult if you’re not exactly sure of what to do. It’s very important to keep the abdomen strong since this will help your lower back strong. As we grow older, it’s harder to keep the stomach area flat. Men and women can accumulate excess fat which always seems to settle around the stomach region.
Abdominals at the Core
The abdominal region is made up of core muscles that include:
- Rectus Abdominis – the pair of long, flat, vertical muscles commonly known as the “abs.”
- Serratus – the muscles running from your shoulder blade down to the upper portion of your ribs, provides definition in the ribcage area of abdominals.
- External Intercostals – the muscles defined for that “chiseled look” of abs.
- External Obliques – the largest of the abdominal muscles.
Working on the Abs
You’ve seen models on television with “six pack abs.” These people work abs every day to keep them strong and defined. For the average Joe’s of the world, it’s also important to work hard every day to keep the abdomen muscles strong.