Keeping it simple...
The rectus abdominis muscles are powerful muscles that allow the body to bend and flex in all directions when functioning at optimal.
The body's 'core pillar of strength'.
Known as "the abs", the left and right rectus abdominis muscles lie side by side up the front of the abdomen, extending from the front of the pelvis to the rib cage.
Like strong ribbons of muscle, connecting the chest to the pelvis.
The rectus abdominis muscles are part your Base-Line muscles, the key muscles to focus on to improve your posture and physical health.
How to find where your
rectus abdominis muscles attach.
Upper attachment to the chest:
Lower attachment to the pelvis:
rectus abdominis - sections of muscle.
Each rectus abdominis consists of several panels of muscle separated by strips of tough connective tissue.
These panels are what create the "6 pack look" but the number of sections of muscle depends on the individual - 4, 6, 8, 10 packs can occur.
rectus abdominis and the linea alba.
Between left and right rectus abdominis muscles there is midline strip of tough connective tissue called the linea alba.
The linea alba is our primary guide for body alignment and by working on activating and extending the rectus abdominis muscles we can feel the positioning of the linea alba and increase our state of alignment.