Abdominal muscles (abs) are divided into three main muscle groups i

1. Rectus Abdominus (the six pack)

2. Serratus Anterior (sides of the upper abs)

i. External Obliques (sides of the lower abs)

Howevei, all abdominal muscles are bound together by connective tissues into one large muscle.

Abdominal training is a controversial issue. There are differing opinions about abdominal muscle development. Trainers who use specific abtraining methods often try to prove that theirs are superior to other ab routines. People who want to define their midsection spend much time on ab-training methods such as sit-ups, crunches, reverse crunches, hanging leg raises, Roman chair sit-ups, ab-ilexor machines, rollers, and more.

The problem with many of these methods is not the efficiency of the exercises, but the fact that they're built on isolating one ab part or anothei. Isolating one part of a large muscle group may cause imbalance and weakness in other parts of the same muscle. That's why it's so important to understand that abs are, in fact, one large muscle group working as a unit. They have primary functions,essential for body movements and posture. Let me put it simply: the prime function of the abdominals is to stabilize the midsection of your body, and thus protect your organs and support your spine. Abs should always be toned and ready for action. Sluggish, soft abs will cause vulnerability and dysfunction.

As a stabilizer of your midsection, the ab muscles are responsible for all waist movements such as swings, twists, bends, or crunches. The stabilizing function of abs manifests itself clearly when you're engaged in explosive moves such as punching or kicking. Notice that without the reflexive tightening of your abs, you can't deliver a powerful punch or an explosive kick. Abdominal muscles respond instinctively to explosive or powerful frontal arm and leg movements. By contracting, and thus stabilizing, your midsection as a solid column or basis for all explosive moves, ab muscles protect your spine from the rebound forces of your arm and leg movements. To perform with maximum strength, you need to tighten your midsection. A soft or weak waist may force you to compromise on your ability to lift weights, kick, or punch. Moreover without abdominal support, you wouldn't be able to stand or walk.

We tend to take ab function for granted. A trained gymnast will tell you that there's no way to successfully stand on your hands without tightening your midsection. If your abs and lower back are loose, your body will collapse. This fact is not just true for standing on your hands. Without abdominal support, as stated above, you wouldn't be able to sing, "I'm still standing." Martial artists and boxers are particularly aware of this.

A trained warrior is ready at any time to absorb a hit on his midsection. A warrior's abs instinctively contract to protect the spine and inside organs, while absorbing the punch or kick. Habituai reflexive toning of the ab muscles enables a warrior to instinctively swing, punch, or kick whenever necessary.

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