Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 120

Crow's #Gym Vol. 120
Bodybuilding is based on the feel of an exercise, not the look of it. My greatest results started coming when I stopped staring at what I was doing in the mirror, closed my eyes and started feeling the motions, and registering the actions in my mind. Aside from the obvious working towards the strains that you are trying to accomplish there is a natural strength boost to not using your eyes while you are using your muscles. Try it, you may find you like it.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Anorexia Nervosa
A disorder characterized by a prolonged refusal to eat, resulting in emaciation, amenorrhea, emotional disturbance concerning body image, and an abnormal fear of becoming obese. The condition is seen primarily in adolescents, predominantly in girls, and is usually associated with emotional stress or conflict, such as anxiety, irritation, anger and fear, which may accompany a major change in the person's life. Treatment consists of measures to improve nourishment, followed by therapy to overcome the underlying emotional conflicts.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ..
Lunge (Dumbbell Half)
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.