Transverse Abdominis

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Other Names

  • Transverse Abs


  • Transverse Abdominis


Spine (Lumbar)

  • Forced expiration
    • pulls abdominal wall inward
  • Compresses and supports abdominal viscera
  • Assist in expulsion of abdominal organ contents
    • as in urination, defecation, vomiting, and child birth
  • Intra-abdominal pressure



  • Thoracolumbar Fascia (Lumbar Fascia)
  • Ribs 6-12 (Lower 6 Ribs)
    • Costal cartilages
    • Inner surfaces
  • Ilium
    • Illiac Crest
      • Inner rim
  • Inguinal Ligament
    • Lateral third


  • Pubis
    • Crest
    • Ilippectineal line
  • Abdominal Aponeurosis
  • Linea Alba

Related Muscles



Also known as Transversus Abdominus. The Obliques and the Transversus Abdominis increase the intra-abdominal pressure necessary for the support of the vertebral column in exercises such as squats and deadlifts. With the assistance of the Rectus Abdominis and Obliques, the Tranverse Abdominis hold the abdomen flat.

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