Major Muscles on the Front of the Body
Our body has several layers of muscles. This list shows the outermost layer, called the superficial layer, of our major muscles. Muscles are usually work in pairs because although they can contract and shorten (flex), they are pulled by an opposite (antagonist) muscle to straighten out (extend) again. Sometimes the name of the muscle includes it’s function—such as extensor, flexor, adductor, abductor. The muscles on the front of the trunk help lift the arms and move the body forward and sideways. They also protect the organs in the abdomen.
To better understand muscles and how they work, it’s important to familiarize ourselves with the different planes of the body. In anatomy, there are three different planes in which our bodies move.Read More