Body Building Anatomy
Understanding the muscle groups is vital when setting goals and helps develop focus when you train. Here in this article we take a look at the key muscle groups you will need to know and focus on for a more effective workout plan.
In your neck there are the upper trapezius which travels down the back of your neck and the levator scapulae runs which travels alongside the first five to six vertebrae in your neck. These are the only two simple muscles you need to consider in your neck region.
Known as the traps and travel down along your back from the nape of your neck to the waist on both sides of your spine.
In the front part of your shoulders lies the anterior deltoids whilst down the side of your shoulders run the middle deltoids. Travelling down the back part of your shoulders are the posterior deltoid muscles and just below the anterior deltoids running from the armpit outwards you can find your rotator cuffs.
Known as the pectoral muscles.
As well as your biceps the muscles located on the inside of your arm you can find the triceps running down the side. These run from the shoulder down to the elbow. You can also see distinct muscles in your forearm as well.
Your arms contain two of probably the most well known muscles, the biceps and triceps. The biceps are found on the inside of your arms and your triceps travel down the side of your arms running from the shoulder down to your elbow.
The abdominals are shorted to abs which is where you will build your 6 or 8 pack stomach muscles.
Here there are three distinct muscle areas; the quadriceps, hamstring and calf muscles. The quadriceps or thigh muscles are located on the front of your thigh and the hamstring muscle is on the back of your thigh. The calf muscles are below your knee at the back of your leg.
The above groups are key in understanding where and what the muscles are but there are other important muscles to take note of. They are the buttock muscles or glutes, the lower trapezius in the lower back and the latisimus dorsi or “lats” located in the upper back.
Knowing your body building anatomy can increase workout productivity as you become more aware of the muscles as you train. This developed focus will greatly help achieve your goals and improve motivation. A little research on your body goes a long way, so take some time, get a mirror and have a look at them and become a more aware and mentally prepared body builder.