This website is intended to help familiarize you with the rectus abdominis abdominal muscles. For starters, let’s begin by explaining that they are commonly referred to as the “six pack” or the abs. They are located starting from the pubis all the way to your rib cage. The group has two muscles that run vertically on the front wall of your belly. The abs are horizontally divided by a number of intersections. Vertically, the group is divided by what is referred to as a white line.
Abdominals are responsible for stabilizing the trunk when one flexes the backbone or when making side bending motions. A person can bring their rib cage to their pelvis only if the pelvis is at a fixed point. If the rib cage is at a fixed point, it is possible for the pelvis to be brought up to the rib cage. They also play a key role in your breathing motions as well as assisting in keeping internal body organs in one piece.
The Abdominal Muscle Group
The core abdominal muscle group is made up of a particular set of muscles that are often targeted by people seeking to improve their abdominal appearance or strengthen their core for sports, work, or other strenuous activities. The group is mostly used during aerobics, lifting weights and during childbirth. They are categorized into 2 popular common groups among workout enthusiasts. The external olbique (love handles) and the rectus abdominis (ab muscles). Internal obliques, transverse abdominis, and other muscles of the core area are very important in regards to core strength but don’t necessarily have the cosmetic appeal that the aforementioned muscle groups do.
Strengthening your core with workouts that target these internal, less cosmetic muscle groups will have a very positive effect when you begin working on the exterior groups. The right diet, as well as exercises like planks, crunches, leg lifts, and cardio help burn and strengthen those tough core areas. As always, remember to not overdo it and be sure to rotate muscle groups in order to avoid injuries. Many people experience pain at the beginning of a training program or when there is an imbalance of the hip flexors and the abs. This increases back pain and the dangers of incurring injuries during exercises increase as well.
Strengthening the Rectus Abdominis
Researchers have studied various different methods to strengthen your abdominals. There have also been studies about certain exercise equipments to determine the most effective and efficient way to implement a perfect six pack abs workout. The pros and cons of these results were analyzed and the exercises were ranked – Below are the top two.
Bicycle Maneuver: This abdominal exercise topped the list as it is effective in strengthening both the six pack and the outer obliques. A person performs this exercise by lying flat on their back with both hands beside their head. Legs are lifted to an angle of forty five degrees. At this point, a person is to exhale out – contracting the abs and lifting the torso from the ground at an angle of forty five degrees.
While at this position, the legs are moved as if peddling on a bicycle, making the left elbow touch the right knee and the other elbow touching the opposite knee. This pedaling alternating motion is repeated while keeping the abdominis contracted through the whole exercise. During this process, you should never use your hands to pull your head towards your legs as this strains your neck and makes the exercise ineffective.
Captain’s Chair: A special designed equipment is required for this exercise. The person is to get into a dangling position where the movements first starts. You are supposed to hold and press your lower back on a pad leaving the lower part of the body fully extended. Move your knees up to the chest at an angle of ninety degrees. The motions should be slow and well coordinated where one is supposed to exhale while contracting. To gain from this exercise the most, avoid jerking or doing any fast movements.
Knowing about the rectus abdominis muscle group is essential in knowing how to strengthen them safely and effectively.