What are mover muscles?

Muscles work in groups to move and stabilize our bodies. Our muscles consist of movers and stabilizers. Movers are the larger muscles, often called prime movers, that are called upon to move us. Stabilizers are generally smaller muscles, set deep into the spine and joints that help to stabilize them. Each group of muscles is important, as they must all work together to keep us moving.

Muscles that are movers include:
  • Chest muscles (pectoralis major, pectoralis minor)
  • Back muscles (latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, trapezius)
  • Abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus, external obliques)
  • Shoulder muscles (anterior, medial and posterior deltoids)
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Butt muscles (gluteus maximus and medius)
  • Thigh muscles (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedialis, hamstrings, adductors)
  • Calf muscles (gastrocnemius, soleus)

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