Generally, I prefer to exercise my entire body rather than just one area. I don’t fall into the trap of exclusively focusing on visible muscles, as one has to focus on their whole body and have a good balance.
Lately I took a break from working on the larger muscle groups and started focusing more on my core section, or the abdominal area, commonly known as abs and obliques.
There are 4 separate muscles that contribute to your overall abdominal development. Each of them has a different, yet important role to play. They are:
▶️ Transverse Abdominis – this is the deepest of your abdominal muscles and is integral to holding your entire abdominal structure together, as it stabilizes your spine and pelvis.
▶️ External and Internal Obliques – control lateral flexion (side bend), rotation, and other spinal movements.
▶️ Rectus Abdominis – this is mostly what people mean when they say ‘six pack’.
Strengthening your core has lots of benefits to your overall health and lifestyle, such as:
The exercises might be a bit painful and difficult, but you should keep in mind that your abs and back carry the load of your whole upper body. Your core is your entire support system, as it is crucial in every movement you do. Without a strong core, you simply don’t have the stable structure required to train the rest of the body as effectively. Not to mention, moving around properly and enjoying your life!