Friday, April 24, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 35

Crow's #Gym Vol. 35
Strike a pose! Yeah I know you think about the person who stares at themselves in the mirror, and you don't want to be "that guy" but this isn't exactly what I mean. To build muscle you are actually tearing it, and after you tear it, it heals itself bigger. This is the simplistic way of looking at it. For the couple of days that you aren't working the muscles in the gym you will get better results if you remember to flex the muscles in a way to aggravate them a little. You don't even have to do it in the mirror. I usually do it when I am out for a walk every few hours.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Endomorph
The endomorph is characterized by a round physique, carrying extra body fat. The endormorph is has a large bone structure, and has a good portion of muscle mass. The endormorph has a wide thorax (rib cage), which makes a large angle with his ribs. It is sometimes more difficult for an endomorph to keep weight down, but it is entirely possible that an endormorph make great gains with his or her training to the point where it may even seem as though his or her body type has completely changed!

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ..
Shrug (Reverse Grip)
Target MusclesTrapezius, Rhomboids, and Various other neck and shoulder girdle muscles
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Hold a barbell in front your thighs, palms forward, 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 bar slowly and deliberately - don't jerk them.
• As you lower the bar, 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:
Dumbbell shrug: Hold a pair of dumbbells by your sides level with your thighs, palms facing backwards. Keep your arms straight.