Friday, May 1, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 38

Crow's #Gym Vol. 38
You ain't that cool, and deep down inside you know it. I know I may have burst a few bubbles with that one, but in a moment of honesty you and I and most people that go to the gym do so because they have a demon of some sort. In my case I still see the smallest kid on the playground getting beaten up by the bullies. Some still see that fat kid, they used to be, and others see that spouse that left them, Remember this when dealing with the timid in the gym, or you can always become that bully, which is even worse than the demon that chased you into the gym!

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Many bodybuilders have used gloves to improve their grip in certain exercise, as well as prevent callusing from occurring. Another method is chalk, which, when put on your hands, can also improve grip considerably. If you have sensitive skin, or for any other reason feel you would benefit from the use of gloves, then by all means invest in a pair, which should not run you any more than 10 dollars. If you do develop calluses, this will also toughen up your hands, and make the use of gloves non essential.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ..
Row (Standing Indy Arm High)
Target MusclesLatissimus dorsi, Rhomboids, Teres major and minor, Erector spinae, Biceps, Fore-arms, Pectoralis major
Starting Position:
1. Stand facing the cable row machine and place your feet flat on the floor. Grasp each cable by the handle.
2. Lean back slightly to maintain leverage maintaining a normal, slightly curved spinal position.
3. Pull back a little way until your torso is nearly upright and your arms are fully extended.
The Movement:
1. Pull the handles towards you so that your hands end up next to your rib cage.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return to the starting position, maintaining a near upright position.
• To achieve maximum back development, keep your torso nearly upright during the entire movement - it should not move forwards or backwards more than 10°.
• Maintain a normal curve in your back - do not arch your back excessively.
• Keep your legs slightly bent and still throughout the movement.
• Inhale at the start of the movement; then hold your breath during the pulling phase - this helps stabilize your torso. Exhale only towards the end of the movement once your arms are extended.