Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 128

Crow's #Gym Vol. 128
I now have a gym that I have been going to for about four years, almost every day and I have noticed something recently. I have officially outlasted everyone. The people who work there have changed over at least 10 times, the people that workout when I do have changed over at least that many, and of the very few that were there when I started going there I may see them once a month. Being observant of the people around you is good for one thing. It gives you an opportunity to pat yourself on the back, because you're doing great.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Belts are supposed to aid you in a lift by taking pressure off the lower back when lifting very heavy weights. They will certainly help you if your goal is to develop power, and you attempt to achieve this through power lifting which consists of the three basic compound movements, squats, bench press, and dead lifting, all performed in a very low rep range. A weight belt will stabilize the upper body by increasing pressure in the abdominal cavity, and will reduce pressure in the lower back. Belts can offer a feeling of security and the knowledge that the chances of injury is lessened. However, belts are not necessary in all exercises. Stabilizing your upper body is simply not crucial for some lifts, and sporting a belt in those circumstances will not help you to achieve your goal to any greater degree. I recommend wearing a belt for big lifts, especially compound movements, done with heavy weights.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ..
Leg Press (Machine Lying)
Target MusclesGluteus, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Lower back, Adductors, Hip flexors.
Starting Position:
1. Position yourself in a leg press machine.
2. Place your feet firmly on the platform with your heels at least six inches above the bottom edge. Your legs should be fully extended and feet hip-width apart. Release the safety catch.
The Movements:
1. Press the platform away from you as far as possible.
2. Bring your knees down as far as possible. In a perfect world they would make it into your armpits.
• Do not hurry the reps or bounce up from the bottom.
• Stretch your hamstrings fully at the bottom of the movement - your heels should be lower than your toes.
• Keep your legs slightly bent at the top of the movement.