The simplest way to remember your muscles and how they work is to remember this short phrase which a professor of mine had always said, "All muscles pull." Despite all of the workout terms that involve the word "push" or "press" like push up, bench press, leg press etc, not one of these muscles are actually pushing or pressing anything. Once you actually understand that then it gets a LOT easier to simply and instinctively know what muscle is working what movements. Chest pulls your arms in, back pulls your arms towards it, arms pull towards the direction of the muscle you are working. Now get out there with your new found smarts and get those muscles "pulling!"
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Adductor Brevis Muscle
Adductor Brevis is the smallest and shortest of the three short adductor muscles. It originates on the pelvis and inserts into the thigh bone and adducts inwards and flexes the hip out forwards. It is most commonly injured in a groin strain.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Torso Twist (Machine)
Target Muscles: Internal and external oblique, rectus abdominis
1. Select the desired weight on the machine.
2. Place your shins on the pads making sure your knees are between the maneuvering pads.
3. Place your chest firmly against the support pads so that your upper body will remain stationary throughout the movement..
4. Grasp the handles firmly to assist your upper torso from moving.
1. Twist your hips to the direction against the weight of the machine.
2. Only move from side to side as far as your waist will allow you to go.
3. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
4. Adjust the unit to allow you to work on the other side.
• Stretching or moving too far can cause an injury to occur.
• Use a slow and controlled motion.
• Remember to breathe out while twisting your body to the side and in when moving back to the starting position.