Bodybuilding Anatomy includes knowing what muscles are located where and how they are grown most effectively. It can be confusing, so as you read this article, find a mirror and locate the muscles on your own body. When you are bodybuilding, knowing the anatomy of your body can be very, very helpful.
Of course, you know where your neck is. There are two basic neck muscles that you can focus on in your bodybuilding. Starting from the top of your body, the first thing we’ll look at is the neck. The main muscle in the neck is called the upper trapezius and reaches from the base of the neck to the shoulder. The upper trapezius runs down the back of your neck from the nape of the neck to the shoulder. The levator scapulae run next to the first five or six cervical vertebrae in your neck.
The trapezius muscles run down your back from the nape of your neck to the waist on either side of the spine. In bodybuilding terms, these muscles are referred to as the trap muscles.
The deltoid muscles are located in your shoulders. The anterior delt is in the front part of the shoulder, the middle delt runs down the side of the shoulder, the posterior deltoid muscles run down the back part of the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscle runs just below the anterior delt from the armpit straight out.
In Bodybuilding Anatomy, The muscles in your chest are the pectoral muscles.
The pectoral muscles are located in the chest area and most often referred to as the “pecs”. These are often the muscles bodybuilders like to flex on the beach! These go great with large bicep muscles which are at the front of the upper arm between the shoulder and the elbow.
At the back of the arm running down the same length are the tricep muscles. These two muscles are often the ones bodybuilders spend a lot of time training.
Your tricep muscles are located in your arms.
They run down the sides of the arms from shoulder to elbow. The biceps, on the other hand, is located on the inside of the arm. There are also very distinct muscles in the forearms.
Your abs are located in the stomach area – or abdominal region hence their name!
Moving around to the stomach area, we have the abdominal muscles or the “abs”. This is a large group of muscles which require quite a lot of training to help you achieve the perfect six-pack.
Down to the legs we have the quadriceps or the “quads” as they are more often referred to as. These are at the upper of the leg between the hips and the knee. These are basically the thigh area.
The muscles in the back of the legs are located in the calf or lower leg, and hamstring which is the upper leg. Squats are a great method of building up your quads.
Other major muscle groups you will want to focus on include glutes – or the buttocks, the lats which are in the upper back, and the lower trap muscles which is the lower back.
Knowing your anatomy when you undertake a bodybuilding program is a very important part of effectively growing your muscles. When you know the various muscle groups in your anatomy, you can build those muscles and concentrate on them during your workouts. In bodybuilding, knowledge of human anatomy isn’t difficult when you know what you are looking for. Know your muscles and succeed in your bodybuilding goals.
It is important if you are considering bodybuilding or even if you are already taking part, that you understand bodybuilding anatomy as best you can. It is not always the easiest thing to understand as there are many different muscle groups but hopefully we’ll be able to make it easier for you in this article.
Next we have the trapezius muscles which run from the neck down to the waist area. Many people refer to these as the trap muscles. There are also major muscle groups in the shoulder called the deltoid muscles.
Obviously, these are just a few examples so that you can understand the bodybuilding anatomy more easily. For more detailed information there are many places you can look including your local library or bookstore and of course the internet.