Did you know that you have around 600 different muscles throughout your body? So you’re probably wondering how you can master all of your muscles in your workouts. Well most importantly to understand that most of these muscles are in hard to reach places and often don’t affect your physical well being if they don’t see exercise. However, there are those important muscles such as your deltoids or your pectorials. To optimize your workouts you must get to know your muscles and how they are changed in workouts! Read to find out more now!
So muscles are a band or bundle of fibrous tissue in a human or animal body that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body. When you work your muscles in strength training you are improving your physical power and strength. What many people tend to fail when starting their workouts they tend to focus on their chest, shoulder, tricep and bicep muscle groups and you may be surprised to learn that the strongest muscle in the human body is found in our mouth. But we’re hear to talk more about the muscles you build up in your body!
Get To Know Your Muscles
If are beginning the journey of strength training, you might want to learn more about your muscles. As I previously mentioned, your body is home to around 600 muscles. An effective workout routine includes two types of exercise: compound movements and isolation movements. Compound movements are exercises that utilize more than one major muscle group, such as a bench press or deadlift. Isolation movements on the other hand include any exercise that only uses one major muscle group. Below are a list of muscle groups you should focus on when working out.
- Deltoid – The deltoid muscle is a rounded, triangular muscle located on the uppermost part of the arm and the top of the shoulder. Exercises you should use to work this muscle include dumbell front raises, and seated/standing military press.
- Biceps – This is a large muscle in the upper arm that turns the hand and face palm uppermost and flexes the arm and forearm. Exercises should include concentration curls, barbell curls and chin ups.
- Pectorals – These is a major muscle group in the upper chest from the shoulder to the breastbone. Barbell bench press, flat dumbbell fly and weighted dips are great workouts for this muscle group.
- Forearms – This is apart of your upper limb between the elbow and the wrist. They refer to the region of the upper limb between the elbow and the wrist. Exercises like the farmers walk and towel pull up work this group.
- Side abs – This is the group of muscles that line the sides of your body and your abdominals. Russian twists and wood chop are great exercises for this muscle group.
- Abdominals – This is the area that lies in the middle of your stomach. Spiderman plank crunch, mountain climbers and medicine ball v-up are great exercises.
- Quardriceps – This is the large muscle group at the front of the thigh, which is divided into four distinct portions and acts to extend the leg. Do barbell full squat, leg extensions and leg press for these muscles.
- Tibialis Anterior – This is a muscle that originates in the upper two-thirds of the lateral surface of the tibia and inserts into the medical cuneiform and first metatarsal bones of the foot. TA raises work these muscles.
- Upper Back – or the trapezius muscles. Exercises sucha s barbell shrugs or bent over lateral raises work this muscle.
- Triceps – Any of several muscles having three points of attachment at one end, particularly also triceps brachii, the large muscle at the back of the upper arm. Exercises include tricep dips, skull crushers and overhead dumbbell extension.
- Lower Back – Otherwise known as our thoracolumbar fascia. Exercises include Russian twists and wood chops.
- Hamstrings – This is the muscle group behind your thighs. These exercises include lying leg curls and Romanian dead lift.
- Infraspinatus – This is the muscle group in your shoulders. Shoulder rotations are great for this muscle group.
- Middle back – Lat pull downs and seated cable row work great for exercises.
- Gluteus Maximus – Otherwise known as your buttocks includes exercises such as kettlebell swings, barbell hip thrusts and stiff legged deadlift.
- Calf – Exercises should include standing calf raises or box jumps.