Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 70

Crow's #Gym Vol. 70
Way back when during the height of Arnold Schwarzenegger's reign as Mr. Olympia, a wise ass comment how he wouldn't want to look like him, and Arnold in typical form said "Don't worry, you never will." This became an iconic statement that made people think of Arnold as an egomaniac, but there is a lot more truth to this than you would know. If there is one thing That drives me mental when dealing with anyone trying to lose weight, look better, get healthy, or anything involving body image, is that attitude that "They don't want to look ..." Honesty dictates that your level of dedication got you to where you need help, not where you need to lay off the steroids. Please get serious before you get picky.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Pump
A commonly used bodybuilding term is "the pump". "The pump" occurs when your muscles swell up beyond their normal size by a considerable amount. Looking at yourself in the mirror, you will look bigger, and likely show appear more vascular and defined as well as being more confident in yourself. This pump is normally fast to achieve and shouldn't take much more than four sets. I find a really good way to pump up is to do pushups until I reach failure, and normally my chest will look bigger than ever. A good pump can be felt and noticed throughout the entire workout if done properly. Oxygen and nutrients will continually to be brought into the area being exercised during intense weight training activity. Blood is forced into the area being exercised but not drawn out. This extra blood stays in there for some period, causing it to swell and appear noticeably bigger. A reason why many people like to pump up before they pose for a picture is to take advantage of this difference in size which occurs. See also Bodybuilder's High

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Chest Exercises ..
Dip (Bench)
Target MusclesTriceps (Especially the outer and medial heads)
Starting Position:
1. You will need to place two benches, about the length of your legs,  apart.
2. Place your hands shoulder-width apart, fingers facing forwards, on the  edge of one bench.
3. Place your heels on the other bench so that your legs form a straight  bridge between the two benches.
The Movement:
1. Bend your elbows and lower your body until your elbows make an  angle of 90°.
2. Hold for a count of two; then straighten your arms to bring you back to  the starting position.
Tips:
• Keep your back close to the bench.
• Do not lock or snap out your elbows at the top of the movement.
• Keep your elbows directed backwards during both the lowering and  raising phases.
• Do not shorten the downwards phase. . Keep the movement slow - do  not rush the reps.
Variations:
Easier Place your feet flat on the floor instead of on a bench. Advanced Place a weight disc across your lap to increase, the resistance.