Smaller or larger muscles are found in nearly all parts of the body, but before you panic, let us start by setting your mind at ease: you don’t have to learn them all by heart.
Aside from a basic knowledge of where they are located, it is enough to develop a basic ‘awareness’ of your muscles and, even more important, to understand their mutual relationships.
For the sake of convenience, in the world of weight training, fitness and body-shaping the body is normally divided up into nine muscle-groups. These larger groups often consist of collections of smaller muscles. For instance, your back is one of these muscle-groups. If you observe the back, you will see that it is built up of many different muscles.
Chest, Shoulders and stumach
Try to visualize the various muscles as if they are larger. This will give you a good impression of how these muscles influence the overall picture of your body.
For men a good example of this is the trapezius. A well-developed trapezius largely determines the front and back aspect of the male body.
Biceps and Triceps
For women the triceps may be taken as an important example. This three-headed muscle alone shapes the back of the upper arm. As women grow older the upper arm often becomes less firm.
By developing the triceps the upper arm will look firm and well-shaped
Author: Tobias van der Avort
Illustrator: Menno van Dijk