People go to great lengths to achieve bulging biceps or well-defined abs, but they often forget about smaller or less visible muscle groups — like those around the joints.
“We tend to only target our biggest muscles, which is important because we need those to move. But we also need to focus on our stabilizing muscles, those smaller muscles around the hips and shoulders,” says Danberg. “By working those, form improves, and you can actually do more during your workout.”
Haley advises people to pay attention to invisible inner muscles — namely those that help control the flow of urine. Kegel exercises — contracting and relaxing the muscles on the pelvic floor — work these deep muscles and should be a part of both men’s and women’s workout regimes, she says.
“These muscles are known to help women have an easier childbirth, are believed to help in sexual function for men and to help combat incontinence in both genders,” says Haley.