Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 72

Crow's #Gym Vol. 72
There's nothing better than walking into the gym and having to maneuver around a flock of iTards. You don't know what an iTard is? It's a group of people all sitting in a gang blocking several machines, benches or cables while staring vacantly at their iPhones. If you are one of these people, I hope you catch a venereal disease. My gym has actually created a policy against doing this in the gym, so you usually only have to get changed in the dressing room surrounded by these people. It's a scary new world folks.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Rep
The abbreviation of Repetition: This term, which takes on the short form, rep, refers to a single rendition of an exercise. For example, if your curl a barbell through the entire range of motion once, you have completed one repetition (rep) of the movement.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Chest Exercises ..
Push-Up (Standard)
Target MusclesPectoralis major (mid chest), Anterior deltoids, Triceps
Starting Position:
1. Place your feet on the floor straight out behind you and face the floor with your upper body.
2. Place your hands directly out to your sides, fingers facing forward.
The Movement:
1. Slowly push your body upwards until you are parallel with the floor.
2. Slowly bring your body back to the starting position with your nose inches from the floor.
Tips:
• Keep your hips perfectly straight. If you lift your hips to generate leverage, you will risk lower-back strain.
• Do not arch your back as you push yourself upwards or you will reduce the amount of work done by the chest.
• Do not bounce yourself off the floor. Again, this reduces the amount of chest work and risks injury to the chest muscles.
• Keep your palms facing forwards and your wrists straight.
Variations:
Wide grip: Using an arm spacing one and a half times shoulder width apart places more emphasis on the pectorals (especially the outer part) and less on the triceps.
Narrow grip: Using a shoulder-width arm spacing places more emphasis on the triceps and the inner pectorals.