Irrational body manipulation syndrome. (IBMS) I just made that up, but I have witnessed it for the entire 20+ years that I have been around the gym, either in school or in watching those around me. What is this "syndrome" exactly? It is when someone looks at themselves in a way that creates goals that are simply impossible. For example: Your waist will only go so far in. There are ribs and pelvis all these other nasty bones that are going to interfere with a twenty inch waist. The only way to make that waist look smaller is to get the other things around it to look bigger. You need a bigger back, bigger chest, and bigger legs for your waist to get "smaller" at this point. If it sounds simple enough to you, then you don't suffer from IBMS, because there are an awful lot of people that will never get this.
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Here, you stretch the muscle slowly and gradually and hold the stretch for 10 to 60 seconds. Because the stretch occurs slowly, there is much less reaction from the stretch receptors. Static stretching is the type most often recommended by fitness experts because it is as effective and safer than other types of stretching exercises. The key to this technique is to stretch the muscles and joints to the point where you feel a pull but not to the point of pain. Over stretching the muscle leads to injuries.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Knee Lift (Hanging)
Target Muscles: Rectus abdominis (especially the lower part), Hip flexors
1. Hang from a high bar with your hands shoulder-width apart. (You may use wrist or elbow straps for support.)
2. Your arms should be fully extended and your lower back slightly arched.
1. Take your legs slightly behind your body.
2. Keeping your legs almost straight, exhale and raise them upwards as high as possible. Ideally they should come just above the level of your hips. Focus on curling your hips towards your rib cage.
3. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return your legs to the starting position.
• Do not swing your knees up or use the momentum of your legs - use the strength of your abdominals to move your hips and legs.
• For maximal results, raise your legs to approximately 30-45° to the horizontal. The abs shorten only when your legs go past parallel- below this point, they hold a static contraction as the hip flexors raise the legs.
• To make the exercise easier, bend your knees to reduce the resistance