Compression is a good thing. We've all seen the commercials for over-priced compression gadgets that are supposed to cure all of your ailments from sore knees to hernias, but take it from a serious weight trainer in his mid forties, compression is a good thing. If I keep compression on the muscles I am working then the chances of having overly sore joints and muscles the next day are lessened quite a bit. I just avoid the gimmicky infomercial stuff and go to Wal-Mart to get the compression stuff from the underwear department instead. It works fine under my gym clothes and wicks the sweat off of me at the same time.
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF techniques are used to improve strength and flexibility. The technique attempts to use reflexes initiated by muscle and joint receptors to cause greater training effects. The most popular PNF stretching technique is the contract - relax stretching method. The muscle is actively contracted before it is stretched. Static stretching is generally preferred over PNF.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Chest Exercises ..
Target Muscles: Pectoralis major (lower chest), Anterior deltoids, Triceps, Pectoralis major
1. Stand between two parallel cable towers.
2. Hold a pair of cables, with your palms facing upwards and your elbows back under your armpits.
1. Slowly press the cables forward until they are directly out in front of you.
2. Hold the position for a count of two; then bring the cable handles back to the starting position.
• Keep your hips firmly in the same position throughout the movement.
• Bring the cables back as far as you can, aiming for a maximum but comfortable stretch.
• Keep the cables directly in front of your chest area do not let them travel outward.