I know that everyone wants to know how to get a flat stomach and abs! As with how to get skinny legs, there is a lot of information to put into one blog post. So I am doing another series on how to get a flat stomach.
In order to get a flat stomach, you should have a good understanding of the muscles that make up your core and how you can target these effectively. I know diet is also very important and we’ll get to that in later blog posts. But first of all, some basic anatomy.
Your abs are made up of four main muscles. In order to get great abs, you will need to work all of these muscles:
1. Rectus abdominis
Your rectus abdominis are located at the very top and are the six pack muscles. If you want a six pack, you need to work these muscles. Enough said!
2. External oblique
Your external obliques are a pair of muscles that run down the sides of your body (outside the rectus abdominis). If you want definition on the sides of your stomach, you need to work your external obliques.
3. Internal oblique
Internal obliques are a pair of deep muscles, just below your external obliques. If you want definition on the sides of your stomach, you also need to work your internal obliques.
4. Transverse abdominis (TVA)
Your transverse abdominis is the deepest innermost layer of your abs. So why do we need to work this muscle if we can’t even see it? A strong TVA provides support for your back when doing things like jumping, running, squatting and twisting. But the main benefit in this case is that it will contribute to a slimmer waist and make everything tighter. Bonus!
I hope this gives you a better understanding on the muscles of your core and why you need to have a balanced ab workout to get great ab definition. I will be getting into specific ab workouts to target different muscles and diet too, so stay tuned xx