If you’ve been following my search to find the best exercises to whittle my waist, then by now you understand the layers of the abdominal muscles and how to use isometric contractions as the basis for all our abdominal routines. We have learned how to do planks to work our transversus abdominis with fitness guru Mark Sisson. So today we are going to add another abdominal exercise to our abs circuit. What follows are the exercises I’ve been doing to work my external and internal oblique abdominal muscles. I really enjoy this ab circuit and I think you will, too!
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External Oblique abdominal muscles are a pair of muscles that run along each side of the rectus abdominis. The muscle fibers run diagonally downward and inward from the lower ribs to the pelvis, forming the letter V and allow compression of the abdomen.
Internal Oblique abdominal muscles are a pair of deep muscles that are just below t...
Do you know fitness guru Mark Sisson? Mark is the man behind the Primal Blueprint Movement – a healthy low carb lifestyle that some people describe as Paleo with a relaxed attitude . Whatever you call it, I buy into it. Last year I took readers on Mark’s 21-Day Total Body Transformation.
You will recall that I am on a mission to find the best exercises to whittle my waist. To that end, we have explored and now understand the layers of the abdominal muscles and how to use isometric contractions as the basis for all our abdominal routines. Today we look to Mark for instruction on my favorite exercise to work those transversus abdominis: Planks.
Transversus Abdominis are the deepest layer of the abdominal muscles and wrap around the torso from front to back and from the ribs to the pelvis. The muscle fibers of the transversus abdominis run horizontally, similar to a corset or a weight belt.
How to do a Proper Plank
If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
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