Thursday, February 28, 2008

FYI

Muscle Facts:

Smallest muscle in the body-
Stapedius: the muscle that activates the stirrup, the small bone that sends vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. It measures just .05 inch in length.

Largest muscle in the body-
Latissimus dorsi: the large, flat muscle pair that covers the middle and lower back--and looks like wierd bat wings on body builders

Longest muscle in the body-
Sartorius: the straplike muscle that runs diagonally from the waist down across the front of the thigh to the knee.

Strongest muscle in the body-
Gluteus maximus: the muscle pair of the hip that form most of the flesh of the buttocks.

Fastest-reacting muscle in the body-
Orbicularis oculi: the muscle that encircles the eye and closes the eyelid. It contracts in less than .01 seconds.

Number of muscles used to smile-
Seventeen

Number of muscles used to frown-
Forty-three

3 comments:

HoustonMamaJenn said...

I gotta tell Jeffery about the number of muscles to frown and smile! I always forget this fact!! So cool. You go girl!! See ya tommorow night!

molly said...

Oh! Thanks. So focusing on the core and glutes might reb up my metablosim faster. hmm

Kristen said...

Here's some more Q&A. When you lift weights, what is your recommended reps and sets?