Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 133

Crow's #Gym Vol. 133
Where to start? If you're an intermediate bodybuilder you may be at the phase where you could actually do more than your body weight for all of your sets. In my opinion you should never do this. Some people will tell you differently, but ever since I was able to press more than 160, pull down more than 160 and squat more than 160, I never started there. The reason is because your warm-up set is about stretching, moving blood and making sure your form starts at a good point. I am way better at making sure if I keep the weight within my body's parameters. For those that keep up on my #SelfieSaturday project and the new videos, I will go a lot more in depth on this later today. Have a great one.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Biomechanics
The scientific study of body positions, or form, in sport. In bodybuilding, kinesiology studies body form when exercising with weights. When you have good biomechanics in a bodybuilding exercise, you will be safely placing maximum beneficial stress on your working muscles.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Shoulder Exercises ..
Shoulder Press (Smith-Machine Barbell Seated)
Target MusclesAnterior and medial deltoids, Upper Pectoralis major, Triceps, Shoulder girdle muscles (Trapezius, Supraspinatus) 
Starting Position:
1. Sit on an upright bench, angled at 75-90° so that your lower back is firmly in contact with the bench.
2. Hold an evenly weighted barbell, hands facing forwards, level with your shoulders.
The Movement:
1. Press the barbell upwards until your elbows are nearly straightened. Straighten your arms but do not lock out your elbows. Hold momentarily.
2. Lower the barbell slowly back to the starting position.
Tips:
• Keep your torso upright. Don't lean backwards or arch your spine as you press the bar upwards as this will strain your lower back.
• Hold your abdominal muscles taut to help stabilize your spine or, if you are using a very heavy weight, wear a weightlifting belt.
• Lower the barbell until it touches your shoulders. Don't shorten the movement.