Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 95

Crow's #Gym Vol. 95
Time will heal everything. The hardest thing for a trainer, or even someone who is trying to help others out in fitness is the "instant gratification" crowd. Miracles don't happen overnight, and when someone asks me what I did to look like I do, they never like the answer of "two hours a day everyday for many many years" and I blame the workout video industry. You can't turn on a television without hearing about the miracle to getting fit and getting in shape. It's OK to tell some people to go try those and get back to your workout.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Thermogenesis
Heat production not accounted for by resting metabolic rate or physical activity. Progress by which stored fat is liberated and mobilized so that it can be burned as a fuel source. The most popular bodybuilding thermogenic agents are ephedrine and caffeine. Factors stimulating thermogenesis include food intake, thermogenic substances (such as adrenaline, some drugs, some types of food and some herbs), cold exposure and psychological stress. Thermogenesis normally accounts for around 15% of daily energy expended.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Abdominal Roller
Target MusclesRectus abdominis, hip flexors
Starting Position:
1. Hold the Ab Roller with both hands and kneel on the floor.
2. Now place the ab roller on the floor in front of you so that you are on all your hands and knees (as in a kneeling push up position).
3. This will be your starting position.
The Movement:
1. Slowly roll the ab roller straight forward, stretching your body into a straight position.
2. Breathe in during this portion of the movement.
3. After a pause at the stretched position, start pulling yourself back to the starting position as you breathe out.
Tips:
• Go down as far as you can without touching the floor with your body.
• Go slowly and keep your abs tight at all times.
• This exercise is not advised for people with lower back problems or hernias.
Variations:
If you are advanced you can perform the exercise moving the ab roller to the sides in a diagonal fashion as opposed to straight forward. This version places more emphasis on the obliques.