Agonist/Antagonist Muscle Pair

Agonist/Antagonist Muscle Pair

A dyad of muscles that essentially counteract each other’s activity about a joint.
Examples
• Pectorals/latissimus dorsi—pecs and lats
• Anterior deltoids/posterior deltoids—front and back shoulder
• Trapezius/deltoids—traps and delts
• Abdominals/spinal erectors—abs and lower back
• Left and right external obliques
• Quadriceps/hamstrings—quads and hams
• Shins/calves
• Biceps/triceps
• Forearm flexors/extensors
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