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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.