This is the best thread I could think of for this. Hope its OK to post this in this section.
Can anyone point me to a complete list or chart of skeletal muscles in order from largest to smallest?
I've tried for a long time to find it on Google but no luck. The best I can find is a small partial list, or some "interesting facts" saying XYZ is the largest or ABC is the smallest.
If anyone knows of a good source for this please post a link. Thanks a bunch.
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01-27-2006, 10:52 AM #1
List of all muscles largest to smallest?
01-27-2006, 10:55 AM #2
Thats my understanding, someone prove me right or wrong as im very interested as well
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01-27-2006, 10:56 AM #3Originally Posted by _Lifter4Life_
01-27-2006, 11:00 AM #4
Thanks for the incomplete answers, but as I stated, I already got that much.
Besides which, saying "back" and "triceps" in the same list is sort of playing fast-and-loose with your catagories.
I'm looking for a full listing of all voluntary skeletal muscles (not the heart, not the damn stapes in your ear) by their name (bicep, quadricep, etc.) not just general location. And, as I said, in order either ascending or descending.
01-27-2006, 11:13 AM #5Originally Posted by bubba g
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01-27-2006, 11:48 AM #7Originally Posted by bubba g
01-27-2006, 08:26 PM #8Originally Posted by waseem"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
01-27-2006, 08:49 PM #9
here are the major ones
quadriceps (vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, rectus femoris, vastus intermedialis)
glutes ( gluteus medius, gluteus maximus)
hamstrings ( biceps femoris, semitendinosis, semimembrinosis)
back ( lattisimus dorsi, trapezius, rhomboids and erector spinae)
chest (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor)
abs ( rectus abdominus, internal obliques and external obliques)
shoulders ( anterior deltoid, medial deltoid and posterior deltoid)
calves (gastrocnemius and soleus)
biceps (biceps brachii)
triceps (triceps brachii)
forearm (brachioradialis and a sh**load of others)
hope thats what you were after what you want them for
01-27-2006, 09:50 PM #10Originally Posted by wonderdownunder
The quads are your largest muscle group, but the gluteus maximus is your largest muscle.
01-27-2006, 10:16 PM #11
That's finally what I'm looking for.
I don't like focus splits because I don't like to wreck my whole arms on an "arm day" or legs on "legs day" for instance. I think working out quads and hams together doesn't make sense because you use so much energy on one, you're robbing your efforts on the other.
Also, I don't like splits that give you only a bunch of small muscles on one day- I've read that attacking large muscles stimulates testosterone, which helps all your muscles grow, while no amount of small muscle work will ellicit that same testasterone spurt.
So, I'm looking at breaking down the muscles into three split workouts based on a "picking teams" concept from largest to smallest. (The way you would have three team captains pick the best players for three teams) i.e.
Hope that makes sense. The idea is to have 3 workouts that distribute focus throughout the whole body, but still each have large medium and small muscle groups in them.
Last edited by Grunyen; 01-27-2006 at 10:19 PM.
01-28-2006, 03:47 PM #12Originally Posted by Grunyen
IMO you are doing way to much thinking about it....
just make sure you do your heavy compound movements, Squats, deadlifts, bench press, military press... 12 total sets for large muscle groups.. legs, back, chest. and 6-9 for your smaller muscle groups.. and split them up so you don't hit the same muscles on consecutive days....
01-28-2006, 09:02 PM #13Originally Posted by bubba g
The only thing I *don't* do is deadlifts. I do extensions on a machine, and two types of squats. One on a Smith with my feet far in front so I really focus on the heels to glutes drive.
I might could be talked into deadlifts. Why should I do them?
As far as overthinking it, give me any two guys who put int he equal amount of effort, time, and heart- and add science to one, he'll blow the other guy away. I can't think of any advantage to training dumb, or not experimenting.
01-28-2006, 09:39 PM #14Originally Posted by Grunyen
If you could only do a single exercise Deadlifts would be the one to do, it hits your entire legs, lower, middle, upper back, biceps, traps, forearms, abs, hip flexors, shoulders.. and more
In response to the trying different things, that is cool, it is just my opinion, I think hard work, good form, and mixing things up often are what is most important.
01-29-2006, 11:13 AM #15
Thanks for the info.
Well, I like to think I'm already working hard and mixing it up.
With the deadlifts... I dunno, they just don't feel like anything. Maybe its cause they are TOO compound.
I don't see how you can be working all those muscle groups though unless your doing a lot more with your arms or shoulders. Are you deadlifting into a shrug? I thought the end position was just standing up holding the weight as it hangs, not doing anything with your arms.
I guess one of my reasons is it looks a little back scary. I do 180 lbs. on the Cybex back extension machine, which is more than I can squat with (in terms of added weight, not including my body weight) so maybe I shouldn't be so worried about it?
Should I start deadlifts with about my normal squat weight?
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07-13-2016, 07:17 PM #19
(I know, this is an old post!)
Actually the smallest muscles you can control in your body (i.e., contract voluntarily) are your rotares which are located between each vertebrae. You can strengthen these (it's very gentle and you'll probably need someone who knows what they're doing to help you) to strengthen your spine and core and build balance and nerve response. Or, at least, so says my PT who taught me this today to treat a neck injury. (Stumbled on this post looking for info on smaller stablizing muscles...don't see any listed!)