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Meet Your Abs, the Abdominal Muscles

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Updated August 14, 2013

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There's More to the Core
abdominal muscles

rectus abdominis - "ripped abs"

Photo: Suza Scalora / Photodisc

While we focused on movements the ab muscles make for us, they also support the contents of the abdomen, support the spine, and help with breathing. It's also important to remember that the abdominal muscles work together. If one is to achieve a high level of functional fitness, working out with a balanced approach to toning the abs will be much more effective than over-working any one area, the rectus abdominis, for example.

The abdominal muscles are core muscles, but they are not the only muscles we refer to when we speak of core training or core strength. The core group also includes:

When it comes to developing a strong core with well toned abs, the Pilates method is unmatched. Explore over 100 sets of free Pilates exercise instructions here at pilates.about.com.


Sources:
Anatomy of Movement, Calais-Germain.
Pilates, Isacowitz.

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