ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Serratus: Paying Attention To Detail

Updated on January 31, 2012

The serratus is a set of muscles, which connects the lats, pectorals, intercostals, and external obliques. The serratus muscles are occasionally called the "boxer's muscle" because it is used to extend the arm and deliver the greatest punch at the greatest reach.

The muscle originates on the surface of the upper eight or nine ribs at the side of the chest and inserts along the entire anterior length of the scapula (shoulder blade). The muscles attaching to the rib cage and the edge of the underside of the scapula assists in rotating the scapula (glenoid fossa) upward and protraction and stabilization. It counters the action of the rhomboid muscle.

When you put your arm over your head, this muscle helps to rotate the scapula up and keep it close to your rib cage. If this muscle becomes paralyzed, the scapula will wing out.

Kinesiology & Physiology

In bodybuilding, the serratus muscles are the hardest to develop, because they are not exposed until you have become lean, strong, and flexible.  If you look at bodybuilders or boxers, their serratus muscles are well developed from years of hard work, dedication and focus on fitness goals.

If you're using weight training as a means of exercise, which is what this series of hubs is aimed at, you don't really need to pay attention to the serratus. They'll take care of themselves. There are a lot of shoulder, chest and tricep (such as dips) exercises that will impact on this small muscle group. It's only when you're very muscular, and very lean, and pursuing bodybuilding as a competitive sport or for developing a jaw dropping physique (be it for acting or modeling), that you should make a determined effort to hit these small but impressive muscles.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
1. Abdominals, 2. Serratus, 3. Intercostals, 4. Obliques
1. Abdominals, 2. Serratus, 3. Intercostals, 4. Obliques
1. Abdominals, 2. Serratus, 3. Intercostals, 4. Obliques

Exercises

Specific ab exercises that targets the serratus are rope crunches and twisting crunches. The serratus aren't easy to train and will only show after diligent work and severe fat loss.

Dips, chest dumbbell pullovers and push-ups will also help. Close grip chins will hit lower lats and also the serratus.

Here's a few extra videos to help with developing your own serratus workout regime.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Research Analyst profile image

      Research Analyst 

      9 years ago

      Love the intro photo, wow, that guy is ripped! I used to watch body building competitions for the artistic body parts. LOL

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR

      Glen 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Am I a fine example of my exercise articles?

      I hope to be. We'll see by the end of the year.

      Obliques and abdominals are the hardest for me.

    • frogdropping profile image

      Andria 

      9 years ago

      Darkside - I over-extended my obliques and serratus by way of children. Not that I'm horrendous. They just seem to require more work (to recover them) than I'm willing to put in.

      Are you a fine example of all your exercise articles?

    • mayhmong profile image

      mayhmong 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm sorry, I couldn't concentrate on reading this hub, due to them sexy looking abs there! But I did managed to view some videos. I want to try out a few of them without putting up with the equipments.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)