Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 01

Crow's #Gym Vol. 01
You don't go to the gym to show off. As a tool every good visit to the gym can assist you in the ability to show off elsewhere, like say, the beach. Showing off at the gym will only get you injured, and then you won't be showing off anything but your stupidity, and you can do that from anywhere.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Abdominal Muscles
The muscles of the midsection: rectus abdominis, oblique (external, internal, and transverse), and intercostal. The abdominals help flex the torso forward and from side to side, twist the torso in relation to the hips, depress the rib cage, and stabilize the midsection during squats, deadlifts, and overhead lifts.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ..
Biceps Curl (Standing Barbell)
Target Muscles: Biceps brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Hold a barbell with your hands shoulder­ width apart, palms facing forwards.
3. The bar should rest against your thighs and your arms should be fully extended.
The Movement:
1. Bend your elbows as you curl the bar up in a smooth arc towards your shoulders. Keep your upper arms fixed by the sides of your body.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
Tips:
• Do not move your upper arms or elbows at any point of the movement.
• Keep your body absolutely still- make sure you do not lean back or swing the bar up as this will strain the back and reduce the work on the biceps.
• Keep your wrists locked.
• Lower the bar under control until your' arms are fully extended  shortening or' rushing the downwards phase will reduce the  effectiveness of the exercise.
Variations:
EZ-bar curl: Arm curls can be performed using an EZ-bar instead of a straight bar. This  reduces the stress on the wrists, although it puts the biceps in a  biomechanically weaker position so they receive less stimulation.
Wide grip curl: Using a grip slightly wider than shoulder width apart places more emphasis  on the inner head of the biceps.
Narrow grip curl: Using a grip slightly narrower than shoulder width apart places more  emphasis on the outer head of the biceps.