5 Muscle Groups You Probably Ignore During Workouts
Think you know all there was to exercising in the gym? Take a look, we’ve put together a list of the muscle groups that are generally forgotten in the context of working out. Read through, and make sure you’re working out all the muscles – equally!
These muscles extend diagonally from just under your chest muscles to the pelvic region.
If you want abs and are only performing crunches to achieve them, reconsider your routine. You’ll need to exercise your obliques if you want the shredded abs look.
Since they play a crucial part in any lifting exercise, you might ignore forearm-specific exercises at the gym. However, to get stronger forearm extensors, you’ll need to attack them with reverse bicep curls.
The bonus: as your forearms get stronger, you’ll see that your lifting abilities improve as well.
Failing to exercise this muscle often causes discomfort in the shins, or shin splints in more extreme cases. To exercise your anterior tibialis, sit on a chair. With your heels planted on the ground, raise the front of the foot off the floor for about 20-30 reps.
Gluteus Medius and Minimus
Most people assume that the ‘glutes’ are just the gluteus maximus, and only exercise this muscle. However, the gluteus medius and minimus are essential to keeping your pelvis stable, especially when you stand on one leg.
Squats, lunges and deadlifts tend to target the quads more effectively than the hamstrings. Try prone hamstring curl machines, or standing leg curl machines.
Make sure you catch these vital muscles on your workouts from now on, and your body will be all the better for it.