Six-packs? Give us a break. This year, people are drooling over a muscle you might not have known existed.
The transversus abdominis is that deep v-shaped cut in the abs of bodybuilders. Also known as “sex lines”, the transversus abdominis wraps around your body, supporting your spine, and the muscle’s visible edges are an indicator of a super-strong core and low body fat.
There’s benefit to honing these coveted markers of fitness beyond just looking good. After your shoulders, the transversus abdominis is the next muscle to engage during lifting exercises. Your v-shape might as well be re dubbed “lifting lines”.
So how to tone this holy grail of muscle? Simple: by building a strong core (focusing on obliques and lower abs, of course) and torching abdominal body fat. The 5 moves below, will get you started on your next project: your v-cut.
- Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- From the bottom of the squat, place your hands on the floor and kick your legs out behind you into a press-up position.
- Push up until your arms straighten and then tuck in your legs at the bottom of the squat position.
- Drive upwards through your heels until you are 6 inches off the floor and then repeat.