Ever get stuck over-analyzing what created a strength increase? Yeah it happens, you go into the gym and you are on fire, every set you do is easy, you add weight to everything you do, and you just feel strong as a bull. Then you try to analyze what exactly it was that changed that workout around, but you can't pinpoint it. This happened to me yesterday, and there was a series of problems with the analyzing process.
1. I ate nothing but pizza and cookies all day, and I finished the day off with a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Hard to pinpoint that "nutrient" that helped.
2. I accidentally forgot to take my happy pill yesterday morning.
3. The idiot that I can't stand was working at the gym yesterday.
So now that I have all of these factors in place that could have caused an adrenaline rush, I am forced to do what I always do in these situations. Hope it was just my muscles getting bigger.
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
The muscles of the midsection: rectus abdominis, oblique (external, internal, and transverse), and intercostal. The abdominals help flex the torso forward and from side to side, twist the torso in relation to the hips, depress the rib cage, and stabilize the midsection during squats, deadlifts, and overhead lifts.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Knee Lift (Machine)
Target Muscles: Rectus abdominis (especially the lower part), Hip flexors
1. Place your shins on the pads of an ab rocker, after you have applied the amount of weight resistance you prefer to use below it.
2. Your forearms should rest on the pads as you grasp the handles firmly in front of you
1. Take your legs slightly behind your body.
2. Keeping your legs on the pads, 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. Inhale as your legs move back to the starting position.
4. Use your abdominals to keep your legs from swinging too far backwards.
• 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.