Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 117

Crow's #Gym Vol. 117
Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hype syndrome. You have the people that go charging into the gym all enthusiastic to finally deal with all of their health issues, and you have the people that drag their ass into the gym because the doctor told them they are probably going to die because they are too fat and lethargic. Both tend to lose interest within a few weeks and give up. The problem as I have seen it is that too many people never stick around long enough for that switch to happen where you go from "having to go to the gym" to "wanting to go to the gym" or vice versa. I say it quite a bit, but the trick to this is to find the reason to go to the gym and look forward to it, whether it is to look at girls, get away from the kids or to get faster internet, Find a reason to be there, until being there is the reason you are there.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Anaerobic Exercise
Exercise of much higher intensity than aerobic work, which uses up oxygen more quickly than the body can replenish it in the working muscles. Anaerobic exercise eventually builds up a significant oxygen debt that forces an athlete to terminate the exercise session rather quickly. Anaerobic exercise (the kind of exercise to which bodybuilding training belongs) burns up glycogen (muscle sugar) to supply its energy needs. Fast sprinting is a typical anaerobic form of exercise.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ..
Lunge (Dumbbell Forward)
Target MusclesQuadriceps, Hamstrings, Gluteus
Starting position:
1. Place a bar across the back of your shoulders or hold a pair of dumbbells at the sides of your body with arms fully extended (palms facing your body).
2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forwards. Lift your chest up and look straight ahead.
The Movement:
1. Take an exaggerated step forwards with your right leg, bending the knee and lowering your hips.
2. Lower yourself until your right thigh is parallel to the floor and your knee is at an angle of 90°. Your left leg should be about 3 to 6 inches above the floor. Hold for a count of one.
3. Push hard with your right leg to return to the starting position.
4. Complete the desired number of repetitions; then repeat with the left leg leading.
Tips:
• Keep your front knee positioned directly over your ankle - do not allow it to extend further forwards as this can cause strain to the knee.
• Keep your body erect throughout the movement - do not lean forwards.
Variations:
Step length: A shorter step forward places more emphasis on the quadriceps and a larger step forward places more emphasis on the gluteal and hamstring muscles.