Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 158

Crow's #Gym Vol. 158
The gym is like the internet. Most people find their way there because of some demon. In my case it was the smallest kid in school, some it is the fattest kid in school, others because it is what has been expected of them. Whatever your reason for going to the gym, starting an exercise routine or a diet, it doesn't matter what brought you, it only matters that you find the reason to keep it up.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Eccentric Contraction
When a given resistance overcomes the muscle tension so that the muscle actually lengthens the muscle is said to be in eccentric contraction. Although the contracting muscle develops tension, it is overpowered by resistance. When you slowly lower a curled weight from the shoulder, the biceps muscle contracts eccentrically. If the biceps was relaxed, gravity would extend the elbow joint and lower the weight with considerable speed. Slowing the movement against resistance provides an additional muscle - developing factor.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Biceps Curl (BowFlex Single Arm Concentration)
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: Narrow.
Starting position:
• Sit facing the Power Rods®, knees bent with one foot resting on the bench and one on the floor. Angle the elevated leg toward the opposite pulley (right leg toward left pulley).
• Grasp the opposite handle (right hand to left pulley) and rest the back of your upper arm near your elbow, on the elevated knee.
• Maintain erect spinal alignment.
• Curl the forearm toward the upper arm, keeping your upper arm and shoulder blade completely still.
• Slowly return to the starting position without relaxing the biceps.
Key points:
• Do not rock the upper body while bending your elbow.
• Keep wrist straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.