Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 34

Crow's #Gym Vol. 34
Don't forget to breath. Yeah this is used for a lot of things, but it is part of a larger function when you are lifting weights. Many people hold their breath when they are trying to strain out that last rep in a particularly hard set. This leaves many a person dizzy or even disoriented when they stand up, and can create a hazardous situation. It takes a little practice but anyone who has been bodybuilding for a while knows a different trick to get an extra little burst of strength or adrenaline, Close your eyes, I never have gotten a great answer on why this works but it does, and it will save your head for better things than being dizzy.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Endocrine System
The network of ductless glands and other structures that elaborate and secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream, affecting the function of specific target organs. Glands of the endocrine system include the thyroid and the parathyroid, the anterior pituitary, and the posterior pituitary, the pancreas, the suprarenal glands, and the gonads.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ..
Shrug (Dumbbell)
Target MusclesTrapezius, Rhomboids, and Various other neck and shoulder girdle muscles
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Hold a pair of dumbbells by your sides level with your thighs, palms facing backwards. Keep your arms straight.
The Movement:
1. Raise your shoulders straight up towards your ears, keeping your arms straight.
2. Hold for a count of two; then lower the , dumbbells back to the starting position.
Tips:
• Keep your arms straight throughout the movement.
• Lift and lower the dumbbells slowly and deliberately - don't jerk them.
• As you lower the dumbbells, allow your shoulders to drop down as far as possible ­this stretches the trapezius and increases the range of motion.
• Do not rotate your shoulders backwards at the top of the movement - this increases the risk of injury to the shoulder and places no further work on the trapezius.
• Use straps to improve your grip.
Variation:
Barbell shrug: Shrugs may be performed with a barbell instead of dumbbells. Hold a barbell in front of or behind your thighs, keep your arms straight and move the bar up and down as described above.