Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 113

Crow's #Gym Vol. 113
Nothing interferes with physical progress like laziness. I know it sounds simple, but when we talk about laziness, we are talking about the way your brain lies to you about how to achieve your goals. In a lot of cases we have the drive and desire to improve our bodies, but we lack the ability to see the overall picture. Symmetry is what most people lack when they work out and it keeps us locked in the old way of thinking about ourselves while at the same time our own innate laziness aids in that narrow view of ourselves. If your waist seems too big, have you looked at the parts of your body that surround it? Are they by any chance too small? Does your lower body seem really pathetic compared to your upper body or vice versa? Every muscle on your body requires the same attention as all the others or else you may never look the way you want to. Now go out there and get the plan together to work the whole body folks ...

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Aerobic Exercise
Prolonged, moderate - intensity work that uses up oxygen at or below the level at which your cardiorespiratory system can replenish oxygen in the working muscles. Aerobic literally means "with oxygen", and the only type of exercise that burns body fat to meet its energy needs. Bodybuilders engage in aerobic workouts to develop additional heart / lung fitness, as well as to burn off excess body fat to achieve peak contest muscularity. Common aerobic activities include running, cycling, stair climbing, swimming, dancing, and walking. Depending on how vigorously you play them, most racket sports can also be aerobic exercise.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ..
Deadlift (Barbell Stiff Leg)
Target MusclesHamstrings, Gluteus, Lower Back
Starting Position:
1. Grasp a barbell with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, using an overhand grip.
2. Stand up straight, looking directly ahead.
The Movement:
1. Keep your back flat and legs nearly straight.
2. Bend forwards from the hips until your back is parallel to the ground. You should feel a stretch in your hamstrings and glutes. As you bend forwards, your hips and glutes should move backwards and your body should be centred through your heels.
3. At the bottom of the movement, do not allow the weight to touch the floor and don't round your back.
4. Hold for a count of one then forcefully contract your gluteus and hamstrings to raise your torso back into the erect starting position.
Tips:
• Keep your back flat. Rounding your back will increase the risk of injury.
• Do not lower the bar too far. The bar should be hanging at arms' length below you. Going below this point hyper flexes the spine, putting it in a vulnerable position and increasing injury risk to the lower back.