Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 151

Crow's #Gym Vol. 151
I was reading another one of those victory lap articles on how too much exercise is bad for you. As long as I have been a gym enthusiast there is always some scientific study done at great cost to prove that too much exercise will kill you. They get some college students place them on treadmills for 12 hours a day or some crap like that and don't feed them properly and demonstrate how they get sick, then they headlines in medical journals are all "YEAH WE DON"T HAVE TO EXERCISE!" They are like those people trying to prove that red wine really was created by God to save the health of humanity. I assure you all that like killing yourself with saccharin it just ain't going to happen, so strap on them gym shoes and get back to work!

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Definition
The absence of fat over clearly delineated muscle masses. Definition is often referred to as "muscularity", and a highly defined bodybuilder has so little body fat that very fine grooves of muscularity called "striations" will be clearly visible over each major muscle group.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Triceps Pushdown (BowFlex Single Arm)
Elbow Extension
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the triceps muscles located on the back of the upper arms. These muscles are responsible for straightening your arms and assist in any upper body pushing or pressing motion. Pulley position: Lat tower.
Starting position:
• Remove the bench, straddle the rail and stand on the platform facing the Power Rods®.
• Using the single handle, grasp the handle with your palms up.
• Adjust your distance from the pulleys (one to two feet in front of you). This may need to be altered after attempting the first rep.
• Keeping your arm bent, bring your upper arm to your side and maintain.
• Lift your chest and tighten your abdominals to stabilize your spine while maintaining a very slight arch in the lower back.
Motion:
• Keeping your upper arm stationary and your elbow next to the side of your torso, slowly straighten your arm by arcing downward and then inward toward your leg, ending with your hand and elbow directly below the shoulder, arm fully straightened.
• Straighten your arm fully.
• Controlling the motion, allow your elbow to bend, returning to the starting position without moving your upper arm.
NOTE: This exercise can also be performed utilizing the following options:
• Palm up grip (supinated)
• Palm down grip (pronated)
• "Hammer" grip (neutral)
Key points:
• Keep your upper arm motionless.
• Keep wrist straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion on the way up.
• Maintain good posture by keeping your chest lifted, abs tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.