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Personal Exercise Program
Introduction to Strength Training

The Major Body Parts: The Abdominals

Abdominals
Arms
Back
Chest
Legs
AbdominalsThe abdominal muscles include the rectus abdominus located centrally between the lower ribs and the pubic bone and the oblique muscles located on either side of the rectus abdominus The rectus abdominus performs flexion of the spine (a crunching type of movement that brings the chest toward the pelvis). The obliques also perform flexion of the spine when contracted bilaterally. When contracted unilaterally, they laterally flex the spine (bend the spine to the side) and rotate or twist the trunk as when performing an oblique crunch.

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Not all exercises or diets are suitable for everyone. Before you begin this program, you should have permission from your doctor to participate in vigorous exercise and change of diet. If you feel discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue. The instructions and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants and distributors of this site disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercise and advice provided here.

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