For many women, achieving a lean midsection is no easy feat. Men and women’s muscles aren’t significantly different, but women tend to be wider through the pelvis and have a longer waist. This can make it challenging to get flat, firm abs.But visible abdominal muscles aren’t impossible — you might just need to commit to doing more than standard sit-ups.The best abdominal exercises for women target four muscle groups in your core:

  • External abdominal obliques. These are the muscles in your sides that you can feel just beneath your arms, along your ribcage.
  • Internal abdominal obliques. These are stabilizing muscles that lie underneath your external obliques.
  • Transversus abdominus. These are the deepest muscles. They run horizontally around your midsection.
  • Rectus abdominus. These muscles run from your sternum down to your pelvis. They help flex your spine as you walk. They’re also the most superficial muscles in your abdomen and the ones you see in “six-pack” abs.


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