MUSCLE #10, ABDOMINAL MUSCLES support your lower back and your chest. They assist in breathing, protect your organs, and maintain posture.

ABDOMINAL MUSCLES support your lower back and your chest. They assist in breathing, protect your organs, and maintain posture. A test of your abdominals is to do Planks. In this exercise, you keep your stomach muscles very tight while supporting your body on your toes and elbows. If you can't do the full plank, start with a half plank by getting on your knees and elbows and moving your legs back. It is a skill to keep breathing while keeping your stomach muscles tight. Another type of exercise is the sit-up which has many variations. Put a soft ball about 10 inches or 25 centimeters in diameter behind your lower back and lift your chest up without curling your back. Good form is more important than sitting all the way up. You can do one side at a time and twist as you raise your chest to work the muscles on the side called the transverse abdominals. The rectus abdominus muscle in the front has three sections separated by fibrous tissue and a vertical line in the middle called the linea alba. That is why these are called a "six pack"- three muscle bulges on each side. You have to do a lot of exercise to get a Six Pack. Start with 10 to 20 sit-ups and work up to 50 before adding weights to build them further. Remember to have your Protein-Rich Shake within 30 minutes to 1 hour after your workout and stay away from beer six packs. A beer has 220 Calories each or 1320 Calories per six pack which is why they call bulging stomachs in men "Beer Bellies". That's not what you want!! #drdavidheber #muscles #abs #sixpack #protein #science to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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