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Learning Muscle Groups Using Word Association and Movement

Oct 9, 2007
Remember when asked which muscles were sore after a workout or sporting challenge, you just pointed at the area and said "it hurts here"! Naming the muscles that were aching simply slipped our minds. We learned these areas back in health class or maybe human anatomy, but years have slithered by like a run away mud slide sweeping valuable knowledge into oblivion.

Let me show you a simple way to relearn the basic muscle groups and spread this knowledge with your friends and family. You say this is silly? Not so! We use to know the name of our gluteus maximus, but we are lazy now and let us not forget how cute we think we have become in our lives! We just refer to our gluteus maximus as our butt, ass, rear, or back side. There are many more words to describe our seat, but I feel these are satisfactory. Oh, how we celebrate our wondrous capture of our language! Where does it hurt one asks? My ass hurts we shout using our fore finger to point to the exact location. The job does get done illustrating the location of the pain, but let us try to learn a better way!

Why not learn the basic muscle groups with word association and movement. Yea, we can still be emotive expressing ourselves! Teach your self the following words and movements then transfer them to the family, then all will learn the basic muscle building language. Have fun learning as I explain the parts of a lesson learned years ago.

Pectorals: These are the King Kong muscles. Go ahead and beat you chest!

Abdominals: Let us call them the pizza muscles. Just rub that flat tummy.

Hamstrings: These are the ham muscles. Look for that hidden piece of ham behind your leg.

Trapezius: These are the trap muscles. Trap you right earn to your right shoulder, then the left ear the same way.

Deltoids: Fly around as these can be called the airplane muscles. Extend both arms out straight, and fly, fly, fly.

Triceps: We can call them the tricycle muscles. Rub your triceps and say out loud they have three parts just like a tricycle has three wheels.

Obliques: These are the "O'Boy" muscles. Put your hands on your waist and say "O'Boy I am full of pizza!

Quadriceps: You can call them the quarterback muscles. Simply rub your quadriceps and say these are the muscles quarterbacks use to throw the football.

Gastronemius: These are the gas muscles. Rub your calves and proclaim to the world this is where you keep the gas to run faster.

Latissamus Dorsi: These muscles are called the dinosaur muscles. Put your hands on your lower back and feel the humps just like dinosaur humps that were prevalent among dinosaurs.

Gluteus Maximus: These are the glue muscles. Just glue that back side to the chair.

Biceps: These can be called the bicycle muscles. Bicycles have two wheels and the biceps have two parts.

Using word association and movement you will begin to feel comfortable with these groups of muscles. Shortly, these words will become part of your weight lifting vocabulary and your family will appreciate when asked "where does it hurt" you replying your gluteus maximus is sore, not your ass!
About the Author
David C. Brown holds a Master of Education from Texas A@M University in College Station, Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas. He writes about sports and muscle building at and
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