Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 155

Crow's #Gym Vol. 155
Let's talk about bodybuilding for a moment. Any sort of exercise intended to build muscle is bodybuilding. Simple English really, but there are a lot of people that get stigmatized one way or another by that word. Either you are too cool for school and you thing certain people aren't bodybuilding, or you are one of those people that doesn't want to be a bodybuilder, it's all bodybuilding. Some people go as far as to make up other terms for it. The good part about bodybuilding is it is a single user sport. You aren't in competition with everyone, you are simply in competition with yourself. The world is full of idiots, it's up to you whether you want to listen to them or not.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Dipping Bars
Parallel Bars set high enough above the floor to allow you to do dips between them, leg raises for your abdominals, and a variety of other exercises. Some gyms have dipping bars that are angled inward at one end; these can be used when changing your grip width on dips.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Biceps Curl (BowFlex Standard)
Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes and develops the biceps muscles, which are located on the front of your upper arms and are primarily responsible for bending your elbows, as well as the brachialis and brachioradialis.
Pulley position: Wide or narrow (wide will work ideally for most people due to the angle created in the arm (carrying angle) in the palm forward (supinated position).
Starting position:
• Remove the bench and stand on the platform, straddle the rail, facing the Power Rods®.
• Bend down and grasp the handles with your palms facing forward.
• Stand with your upper arms by your sides (although not "smashed" against them). Lift your chest, tighten your abdominals and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Curl handles forward, then upward, and then in toward shoulders while keeping your elbows at your sides and your upper arms completely still.
• Slowly lower to the starting position by performing the same arcing motion.
Key points:
• Keep elbows at your sides.
• Keep wrists straight.
• Keep your trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.