Monday, June 15, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 64

Crow's #Gym Vol. 64
Have you ever conducted your entire workout with your eyes closed? Ok I don't mean walking from point to point blindfolded, I mean keep your eyes closed when you lift. Shockingly enough I have suggested closing your eyes instead of holding your breath for a boost of strength, but if you keep your eyes closed while you work out, you spend less time "looking" at your form and more time "feeling" it work. Try it and you'll be amazed.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Posing Routine
The well - choreographed series of individual poses a bodybuilder presents to his or her choice of music in the public presentation (Round Three) of the NPC / IFBB judging system. In this posing routine the competitor can choose individual poses, as opposed to the required poses done in the mandatory round at the prejudging, and thereby camouflaging weak points and emphasizing particularly well - developed areas.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Chest Exercises ..
Fly (Cable Upper Chest)
Target MusclesPectoralis major (mid chest), Anterior deltoids
Starting Position:
1. Attach the handles to two low pulley machines.
2. Hold the handles, palms facing down, and stand midway between the machines with your feet hip-width apart or with one foot in front of the other for balance. Your arms should be fully extended so you achieve a good stretch in your pectorals.
3. Bend forwards slightly from the waist and maintain this position throughout the exercise.
The Movement:
1. Draw the handles towards each other in an arcing motion, aiming for a point approxi­mately 30 cm in front of your face.
2. When the handles meet, squeeze your pectorals hard and hold for a count of two.
3. Slowly return the handles to the starting position.
• Keep your back erect and elbows slightly bent (at 10-15°) throughout the movement.
• Focus on using your chest muscles to perform the movement - do not curl your shoulders forwards as you bring the handles together.
• You can vary the angle at which you pull the handles down to place emphasis on slightly different areas of the chest.