Know the "Core Four" Abdominal Muscles that Keep You Standing Tall

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What muscles make up the abdomen?

Know the "Core Four" Abdominal Muscles that Keep You Standing Tall

Four distinct muscles make up your abdominal support system. Exercise all four to achieve your best balance, strength, and posture. In order of deepest to most superficial, they are:
-transversus abdominis: this muscle is your key abdominal stabilizer and wraps around the abdomen like a belt
-internal and external obliques: these muscles attach on each side of the abdomen at the lower and upper edges, respectively.
-rectus abdominis: this is the area that gets all the attention (six-pack abs, anyone?) and it is tempting to overtrain this muscle with a lot of sit-ups and neglect the others.

   

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