Meet Your Transversus Abdominis — The Most Important Ab Muscle You May Have Never Heard Of (Sponsored)

You know those crunches you do to strengthen your outer ab six-packs? We know it’s a workout, but it may not be enough to get your core to optimal condition. The journey to your strongest core runs through the transversus abdominis (TA) – the deepest abdominal muscle. 

Extending between the ribs and pelvis, the TA’s horizontal fibers (vs. the vertical six-packs) wrap around the trunk from front to back like a corset. The TA contracts to contain and support the spine, ligaments, discs, and nerves while providing postural support. 

A strong TA compresses and flattens the belly, complementing any outer-ab work you may be doing. A weak or disengaged TA often correlates with weak butt and leg muscles and can lead to back pain. 

Pilates focuses like a laser on the deep core. Research shows that Pilates and resistance exercise are both effective for increasing abdominal deep-muscle thickness. An engaged TA will help keep you strong, toned, and pain-free. 

Because Pilates on Ludlow welcomes a maximum of five clients per session, you benefit from more individualized attention to Pilates form and breathing from our experienced instructors. Let us guide you in strengthening your deep core: Click here to purchase our New Client package

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