Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 152

Crow's #Gym Vol. 152
Make note of your environment when you work out. Recently my gym decided to do some "deep cleaning" during the time that I was working out. The toxins and dust that filled the air would have been enough to make my workout a far worse decision than not working out at all. You see what I am talking about here, hard lifting leads to huffing and puffing and huffing and puffing air full of pollutants kind of negates the whole "getting healthy" thing. Always keep these things in mind, whether you are running in a dusty windstorm, working out in a moldy basement, or yes even that once a year rafter dusting that your gym may be going through. It is all about your health after all.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Biological state where the body has insufficient water levels for proper functioning. As the human body is over 90 percent water, athletes must continuously replenish the water lost during intense exercise.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Triceps Extension (BowFlex Single Arm Cross)
Muscles worked: This exercise develops the triceps muscle located on the back of the upper arms.
Pulley position: Wide only.
Starting position:
• Seated in the 45 degree position, reach across and straight behind your body, grasp a handle, and bend your elbow until your hand is near your chest.
• Keeping knees bent and feet flat on the floor, lay your head back against the bench and straighten your arm to the front.
• Then, reaching across mid-line, grasp the handle, palm down, with the opposite arm.
• Pointing your elbow upward, hold your upper arm at an angle consistent with the angle of the cable.
• With your free hand lightly grasp the back of your arm near your elbow, to give yourself a reference point and/or to help stabilize the working arm.
• Raise your chest and slightly "pinch" your shoulder blades together. Maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keeping your upper arm stationary, straighten your arm, moving your hand in an arcing motion across your chest and over your shoulder.
• Fully straighten your arm.
• Controlling the motion, allow your elbow to bend, returning to the starting position without moving your upper arm.
Key points:
• Keep your upper arm motionless.
• Keep wrist straight.
• Tighten your triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion on the way down.