Muscular Anatomy 101 // A Full Set of Drawn Muscles with Attachments, Innervations, Blood Supplies, and Actions!

Hi everyone! So, if you are a visual learner like me, then you know that learning all of the muscles in the human body can be a daunting task if you don't have visuals to aid in your studying. I spend a lot of time in the cadaver lab and in osteology lab (with skeletal models) to learn all of the different muscles and bony structures one-by-one. Additionally, since I learn best with pictures and colors, I have drawn out my school's muscle chart. Resources like Netter and Human Anatomy Atlas have wonderful illustrations and I use them for reference, but as a visual/tangible learner, drawing and writing things out myself helps me grasp information the best. This has helped me SO much because when I am recalling the information, I can visualize vivid images of the colorful drawings I made and make sense of everything there is to know about a muscle.

Do you need to do this to be successful with anatomy? No, absolutely not. I actually did all of these drawings before I started school and once it started, all I had to do was fill in the information from my muscle chart. So, if these weren't done over a prolonged period of time, it would have been veryyy time-consuming to try to manage while the semester was in full-swing. Plus we all have different learning strategies that are the most beneficial to us, right?!

Some of the specific information, such as what attachments your anatomy professor wants you to know/study, may vary from program to program. But, if the information on these "giant flashcards" follow along closely with what you need to know to do well and understand your anatomical muscle chart, then feel free to save/print them for study tools of your own! And remember - these will be the most effective in combination with studying cadavers, skeletal models, your classmates' bodies, and your own body!

The muscles are grouped by their classification i.e. superficial back, deep back, etc. Find the classification you are looking for (click CONTROL+F or COMMAND+F on your keyboard for quick access), then click on an image to enlarge it! And just for reference - all muscles are drawn on the right side of the body. 


Superficial Back Muscles

 
 

Intermediate Back Muscles

 
 

Deep Back (Spinotransversales) Muscles

 
 

Deep Back (Erector Spinae/Sacrospinalis) Muscles

 
 

Deep Back (Transversospinalis Group) Muscles

 
 

Suboccipital Muscles

 
 

Superficial Thoracic Wall Muscles

 
 

Shoulder Girdle Muscles

 
 

Anterior Arm Muscles

 
 

Posterior Arm Muscles

 
 

Superficial Anterior Forearm Muscles

 
 

Intermediate Anterior Forearm Muscles

 
 

Deep Anterior Forearm Muscles

 
 

Superficial Posterior Forearm Muscles

 
 

Deep Posterior Forearm Muscles

 
 

Intrinsic Hand Muscles

 
 
 
 

Thoracic Muscles

 
 

Anterolateral Abdominal Wall Muscles

 
 

Posterior Abdominal Wall Muscles

 
 

Anterior Thigh Muscles

 
 

Medial Thigh Muscles

Buttock Muscles

 
 

Deep Buttock Muscles

 
 

Posterior Thigh Muscles

 
 

Anterior Compartment of the Leg Muscles

 
 

Lateral Compartment of the Leg Muscles

 
 

Superficial Posterior Leg Muscles

 
 

Deep Posterior Leg Muscles

Dorsal Intrinsic Foot Muscles

 
 

1st Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles

 
 

2nd Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles

 
 

3rd Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles

 
 

4th Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscle

 
 


Happy studying! :)