Friday, May 8, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 42

Crow's #Gym Vol. 42
You can't lift every day. No seriously you can't lift every day. The off-day for a body builder is pretty damn important, and it isn't something you learn until you finally accept it. When I was new to lifting I refused to take an off day, but when I got older (and smarter) I started taking every 4th day to do some treadmill and an extra abdominal day. The results were, exactly what others told me it would be, and overall I felt better.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Hormone
Chemical messenger released by an endocrine gland that travels  to a target organ and produces a given response. Hormones may be steroid  or peptide in nature. Secretion of hormones by the endocrine gland is  regulated by other hormones, by neurotransmitters, and by a negative -  feedback system in which an excess of target organ activity signals a  decreased need for the stimulating hormone.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ..
Pull-down (Indy Arm Seated Cable)
Target Muscles: Latissimus dorsi, Rhomboids, Biceps, Posterior deltoids, Fore-arms.
Starting Position:
1. Hold the grips, with your palms of your hands facing each other.
2. Sit on the seat, adjusting it so that your knees fit snugly under the pads. Your arms should be fully extended.
The Movement:
1. Pull the grips alternately down towards your chest until it is beside the upper part of your chest, arching your back slightly.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return to the starting position.
Tips:
• Keep your trunk as still as possible - avoid swinging backwards.
• Focus on keeping your elbows directly at your sides and squeezing the shoulder blades together.
• Do not shorten the return phase of the movement - extend your arms fully.
• Do not lean back too far.
• Use wrist straps to improve your grip when using heavy weights.