Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 154

Crow's #Gym Vol. 154
The pros and cons of having a training partner. I have had a training partner for quite a while and I have not had a training partner for quite a while. The two most pertinent advantages are that you can do every set to absolute failure if your partner spots out your sets, and in theory you would have perfect rest times waiting and spotting your partner. The cons are also just as obvious. You become a slave to each other's schedules and if you use your gym time to think like a lot of us do, you probably will have to give that up. Keep in mind that each way works for different types of people and you don't know which type you are until you try them both. You may even change as you go.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Dip
Word used to refer to the negative motion of a bench press exercise (intentional or otherwise). When an individual reaches the point of temporary muscular failure, the bar may "dip" (drop unintentionally) until the time at which the spotter realizes assistance is needed and helps the trainee raise the bar to the rack.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Triceps Extension (BowFlex Seated)
Elbow Extension
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the triceps muscles located on the back of the upper arms.
Pulley position: Narrow only.
Starting position:
• Seated in the 45 degree position, reach straight behind your body, grasp the handles, and bend your elbows until your hands are near your chest and your palms are facing toward the floor.
• Keeping knees bent and feet flat on the floor, lay your head back against the bench and straighten your arms to the front.
• Be sure that your arms are directly "in line" with the cables, palms facing down and wrists straight.
• Raise your chest and "pinch" your shoulder blades together. Maintain a very slight, comfortable, arch in your lower back.
Motion:
• Keeping your upper arms stationary, slowly bend your elbows allowing your hands to move in an arcing motion toward your head.
• Stop when the elbows are approximately 90 degrees or as comfort dictates.
• Slowly reverse your arcing motion and straighten your elbows are fully.
Key points:
• Keep your upper arms motionless.
• Keep wrists straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion on the way down.