Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 136

Crow's #Gym Vol. 136
The completely off day. I neither hate it nor love it, it is just simply part of the plan. That one day when I do no bodybuilding at all (most people would call it Wednesday) just happens to coincide with the day that I go into work two hours early. It wasn't until I was forced to not go to the gym that one day a week (and about a year) for me to realize that I need it. No weights, no zippy drink, no after workout cocktails. When I step on the scale that morning I am actually four pounds lighter than the day before or the day after. It's cleanses and refreshes me so that for the next six days I can get my #hulksmash on. I still hate admitting that.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
A type of weight training applied in conjunction with sound nutritional practices to alter the shape or form of one's body. Bodybuilding is a competitive sport nationally and internationally in both amateur and professional categories for men, women, and mixed pairs. However, a majority of individuals use bodybuilding methods merely to lose excess body fat or build up a thin body.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Shoulder Exercises ..
Upright Row (Cable Indy Arm)
Target MusclesAnterior and Medial deltoids, Trapezius, Biceps, Brachioradialis
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Hold the barbell with your hands about 15 cm apart, palms facing towards your body. The bar should rest against the front of your thighs.
The Movement:
1. Pull the bar directly upwards towards your chin, bending your elbows out to the sides until the bar is level with your neck.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
• Keep the bar very close to your body throughout the movement.
• Make sure you do not sway backwards as you lift the bar.
• At the top of the movement your elbows should be level with, or slightly higher than, your hands.
• Lower the bar slowly, resisting the weight.
Wide grip: Using a shoulder width grip, places more emphasis on the deltoids and less on the trapezius.