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Three Types of Abs
By: Gudrun Oliver

Three types of Abs; Six pack…or simply, Ab!


Part 2 in our discussion on a hot topic on the Abdominals.



In our quest to reduce the midline, make it shapelier or make bits of it (muscle) visible, we (people) get caught up.  We get caught up in the “latest and greatest” methods of enhancement.  Anyone who read last Sunday’s Courier Mail will have seen the full page advert on some latest $29.95 wonder piece of exercise equipment.  From memory I believe there was a reduction of 5inches the first week, and so on!


When I am out there spreading the word, I get concerned when I see words like; ‘Easy’, ‘No effort required’, ‘Quick’ and ‘Magic’.  The truth be told, there is no magic way! You can’t buy fitness in a bottle, or have “great abs in minutes” or use the latest “fitness contraption” to give you the body of your dreams!  The message is simple, you need to get educated and combine that with a proven method.  Action!


Let’s get a few things clear.  Everyone has abs.  Everyone has a “six pack”.  Everyone has three different types of abdominal muscle.


Your “six pack” is categorized by the orientation of the muscles in the midsection.  They basically run from the Sternum & rib cage to the Pelvis.  There appears, on many people, to be three to four separated “sections” that are then split down the centre by the Linea Alba.  This gives you a six pack or in some cases, an eight pack!


Now, these muscles are called your


1) Rectus Abdominus.  (Or, your Abs, six pack, crab shells…whatever you like!);


That is one of THREE parts to your Midsection.


The other two are your:


2)            External / Internal Oblique

3)            Transverse Abdominals


Peak Abdominal Anatomy & Physiology 101


1)         Rectus Abdominus:  Your Rectus Abdominus serves to flex (bend) your trunk forward.  Just like when you do a sit-up.


2)         Internal & External Oblique:  Your Oblique musculatures serve to side bend and rotate your torso.  Just like when you throw a punch or a ball.


3)         Transverse Abdominals:         Your Transverse Abdominals have a multitude of functions that stem from stabilizing your torso and initiating movement.  You can typically feel the activation by drawing your belly button towards your spine.  These muscles are active in most every movement…providing you activate them!


Learn more on the function and development of these THREE parts to your abdominals next week!


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Added: 26-07-2011