Transverse Abdominal Workouts

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Your transverse abdominis is deep within the core of your abdominal muscles. Target your transverse ab muscles with the help of a certified personal trainer in this free video.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we are going to discuss workouts that target your transverse abdominis. Transverse abdominis is actually the deep inner wall of the core area of the body or the abdominal region of the body. The transverse abdominis really is kind of our girdle that provides the stability for our body. The six pack that most people seek, or want to see from their efforts in the gym, is the rectus abdominis, and it is a muscle that overlies the transverse abdominis; that is separated by a group of tendons and ligaments that provides that six pack, or even for some people that have an extra separation, an eight pack. And that's what people tend to want to see from, you know, physical appearance standpoint. The transverse abdominis is more important, however, in providing stability for the body. Any type of exercise that you do, especially a free weight movement where you, let's say are doing a barbell squat or a dumbbell squat. Anything that you are having to hold your body upright and erect, and move weight or resistance through space, is going to work the core muscles of your body, especially the transverse abdominis. Keeping your shoulders back, making sure that you have a good posterior stance will also help you work the transverse abdominis, simply because you're forced to hold that girdle area of your body tighter. Those are just a few exercises that you can do for your transverse abdominis.


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