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The Superficial Muscles of the Front of the Body
This diagram shows some of the major recognizable muscles of the front of the body.
To see the muscles of the back click here.
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The Muscles of the Front
- The shoulder muscles are called deltoids. These triangular muscles define the upper shoulders.
- The palmaris longus muscle will protrude in the wrist area when you make a fist and flex your biceps.
- Biceps are easily recognizable large bumps on the upper inside of the arm. These have been used by artists to symbolize physical strength especially in men.
- The pectoralis muscles span the chest. They are often developed by body builders and also are used to symbolize strength.
- The abdominal muscles create rhythms and changes in the stomach area. They are generally drawn as four vertical segments next to four others. Be sure not to overemphasize these. Most people's abdominal muscles do not distinctly protrude.
- The sartorius muscle is a long muscle that begins on the outside of one's waist and wraps around to the inside of the knee.