Have you ever tried working out your abs, but you see no results? Crunches and sit-ups are the most workouts for toning your abs. These workouts take a long time to show progress and strain your lower back because of stretching and releasing your backbone over and over. Working out should be effective, but these workouts are not as effective. There is a hidden ab muscle that will help you get and maintain a six-pack. The muscle is known as the transverse abdominus, and it is the muscle that stabilizes your body.
The transverse abdominus is located behind the abdominal muscles, and it is connected to your ribs, back, and pelvis. It is a difficult muscle to make stronger, but you can look for workout techniques that target the transverse abdominus. Strengthening this muscle makes it easier to maintain your abs. When you do crunches to work out your abs, the abs might build, but the fat around the abdomen is burned slowly compared to workouts that target the transverse abdominus. If you fail to work out for some time, your six-pack may stop showing.
Here are some workouts that target the transverse abdominus.
To do this, you need to lie down and bend your knees, keeping your feet firmly flat on the ground. Keep your hands under your buttocks and raise your head to make the exercise effective. Raise one leg about one foot from the ground, and as you take it down slowly, raise your other leg and repeat. You can start with three sets of ten repetitions and increase when you get used to it. This exercise trains the transverse abdominus and strengthens it. This can help you get a six-pack.
For this workout, you need to lie in the same position as the scissor kick but with your fingers placed on your lower tummy. Draw your abdominal muscles downwards and stop as soon as you feel your muscles start to tighten. Stay in that position for 10 to 20 seconds. You should feel your transverse abdominus burning, and that is a sign that the work out is burning calories.
With these workouts, you can strengthen your transverse abdominus, which makes you more stable. Military workouts mostly target this muscle to increase the general stability of the soldiers. The results of working out this hidden muscle are quick and long-lasting.