Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 98

Crow's #Gym Vol. 98
Pulling the old switch-a-roo might be the spark that your muscles need to get over a plateau. This can be easier than say "adding different exercises" or "reversing the order of your exercises" but why not just change the ways you do them? Use a lot of dumbbells? How about doing the exact same exercises on cables? The pressure on the muscles is more continual, yet the weight can remain the same. That should actually lengthen out your muscles and give you that strength boost that has been avoiding you. That is assuming you can get over the whole "kiddie pool" attitude your friends give you when you head over to the cables.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Fat molecules which have double bonds between their carbon atoms are usually liquid at room temperature. Generally speaking, as the number of double bonds increase, the fat becomes more oily in nature.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Torso Twist (Seated Bar)
Target MusclesInternal and external oblique, rectus abdominis
Starting Position:
1. Start out by sitting at the end of a flat bench with a bar placed on top of your thighs.
2. Your feet should be shoulder width apart from each other.
3. Grip the bar with your palms facing down and make sure your hands are wider than shoulder width apart from each other.
4. Begin to lift the bar up over your head until your arms are fully extended.
5. Now lower the bar behind your head until it is resting along the base of your neck.
The Movement:
1. While keeping your feet and head stationary, move your waist from side to side so that your oblique muscles feel the contraction.
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.
Tips:
• 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.