Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 96

Crow's #Gym Vol. 96
It doesn't matter what motivates you to go to the gym. Some do it because they hate to look at themselves, some do it because their spouse hates to look at them, and of course there are those that go because everyone hates looking at them. The important thing to remember is to keep going when you and everyone else have accepted you for who you are, because a lot of times there is still a long way to go.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Thyroid Gland
Small gland located at the neck that controls the body's level of calcium and overall metabolic rate. Bodybuilders often add thyroid drugs to their pre-contest drug stacks to increase their body's metabolic rate and increase the rate of fat loss.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Crunch (Cable Rope Resisted)
Target MusclesRectus abdominis (mainly the upper part)
Starting Position:
1. Kneel below a high pulley that contains a rope attachment.
2. Grasp cable rope attachment and lower the rope until your hands are placed next to your face.
3. Flex your hips slightly and allow the weight to hyperextend the lower back. This will be your starting position.
The Movement:
1. With the hips stationary, flex the waist as you contract the abs so that the elbows travel towards the middle of the thighs.
2. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement and hold the contraction for a second.
3. Slowly return to the starting position as you inhale.
Tips:
• Make sure that you keep constant tension on the abs throughout the movement.
• Do not choose a weight so heavy that the lower back handles the brunt of the work.
• Exhale as you contract your abdominals.
Variations
You can perform this exercise with a handle instead so that you can concentrate on each side of the abs separately by performing the exercise to the side.