Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 157

Crow's #Gym Vol. 157
Don't you just love the winter doldrums? Don't get me wrong I am doing all the right things. Working for size, putting on some weight, but like anyone else I see myself with the broad chest sleek waist, and I just ain't there right now. Throw in the fact that my pants are a bit tight and it makes my back a little sore. Here's where the advice comes in. As you lose all the weight and get down to the size you want to be, the first instinct is to get rid of all your "bigger" clothes. Well DON'T because the worst and most depressing part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is having to go out and buy bigger clothes for life's little fluctuations, and if you have them tucked away in a closet already, it will save you a LOT of misery, just in case, of course.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Dumbbell
A dumbbell is a short handed barbell (usually 10 to 12 inches in length) intended primarily for use with one in each hand. Dumbbells are especially valuable when training the arms and shoulders but can be used to build up almost any muscle.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Biceps Curl (PowerBlocks Hammer Grip)
Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Target MusclesBiceps brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis
Muscle Actions: 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.
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart or sit on the end of a bench.
2. Hold a pair of PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells), palms facing in towards your body.
3. Your arms should be fully extended.
The Movement:
1. Curl one PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) up at a time in a smooth arc towards your  shoulders, DO NOT rotate your forearm so that your palm faces your shoulder at the top of the movement.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly lower the PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) back to the starting position.
3. Repeat with the other arm and continue alternating arms.
Tips:
• Curl the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) up slowly. Do not swing them up.
• Keep your upper arms fixed by the sides of your body.
• Keep your body absolutely still. Make sure you do not sway backwards.
• Make sure you fully straighten your arms when you lower the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells). Do not shorten the downwards phase.