Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 148

Crow's #Gym Vol. 148
One of the hardest parts of trying to help someone else get healthier is getting them beyond all the wrong things they have been taught and in turn memorized. It's a human trait to believe the wrong things for as long as we possibly can. Health enthusiasts, bodybuilders, etc understand that you can't starve yourself skinny, and you can't make any one part of your body smaller. It's important to realize what is out of balance to make something else look that much worse. For example, I used to have the world's worst love handles, which were accentuated by the world's flattest ass. Squats and deadlifts took care of the love handles, no it didn't shrink them it just gave me glutes to dwarf what I thought were love handles. Now go out there and figure it out folks.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Creatine
An important nitrogenous compound produced by metabolic processes in the body. Combined with phosphorus, it forms high energy phosphate. In normal metabolic reactions the phosphorous is yielded to combine with a molecule of adenosine diphosphate to produce a molecule of very high energy adenosine triphosphate.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ..
Triceps Extension (BowFlex Lying 45 Degree)
Elbow Extension
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the triceps muscles located on the back of the upper arms.
Pulley position: Narrow only.
Starting position:
• Lie on your back with your head toward the Power Rods®, knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
• Reach overhead and grasp the handles, palms facing toward the ceiling.
• Keeping your elbows bent, bring your upper arms to the front, angled approximately 45 degrees from the front of your torso and maintain.
• Raise your chest and "pinch" your shoulder blades together. Maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Motion:
• Keeping your upper arms stationary and by your side, straighten your arms in an arcing motion down and then inward toward your legs.
• Fully straighten your arms.
• Controlling the motion, allow your elbows to bend, returning to the starting position without moving your upper arms.
Optional motions:
• Bilateral movement — both arms extending at the same time.
• Unilateral movement – performing all reps with one arm before moving to the next.
• Alternating – performing one rep on one side and then the next rep on the other side.
• Simultaneously alternating – both arms moving, although in opposite directions (one extending while the other is returning).
Key points:
• Keep your upper arms motionless.
• Keep wrists straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion on the way down.