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Napsgear: Why You Should Never Neglect Your Obliques

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  • Napsgear: Why You Should Never Neglect Your Obliques

    The rectus abdominus, or "six-pack" muscle, receives all the attention, and for good reason. The focus is on your six-pack when your nutrition is on point and you are powerful and lean. However, the two oblique muscles, which are on either side of your rectus abs and are trained with side planks and Pallof pushes, are either completely ignored or treated as an afterthought.

    The obliques, sometimes known as the "love handle" muscles, are popular for their attractive appearance as well as their significant advantages for your health and performance. The structure and function of the oblique muscles, the advantages of training them, and 3 covert strength exercises that will improve this crucial muscle are all covered in this article.

    The internal and external obliques are the two primary muscles that make up the oblique muscles. They extend from the hips to the rib cage and are located next to your six-pack muscles. The Linea alba, pubic tubercle, and anterior half of the iliac crest are inserted around the pelvis by the external oblique, which originates from the external surfaces of ribs 5 to 12.

    The muscle fibers of the internal and external obliques are parallel to one another and run straight underneath each other. Internal obliques attach to the Linea alba, Pectineal Line of Pubis, and ribs 10–12 after emerging from the Inguinal Ligament, Iliac Crest, and Lumbodorsal (back) fascia.

    Both bilaterally and unilaterally, the internal and external oblique have a purpose. Consider the obliques as a single muscle for our purposes.

    The three main jobs of the oblique muscles are: