Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 163

Crow's #Gym Vol. 163
How set up are you, if you can't get to the gym? I ask this of course because snow season is upon us, and mother nature has no respect for anyone's need to get their gym on. One of the best investments I ever made was on a used pair of "Building Blocks" which are a dumbbell system that can be changed in 5 lb increments between 5 and 50 lbs by simply pulling and inserting a pin. Great little system for when you can't get to the gym, and you don't need an extra room to house all the dumbbells that these things replace. A good health aficionado is always on the lookout for things that will compliment their healthy lifestyle, so keep things like this in mind for emergencies too!

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
The endomorph is characterized by a round physique, carrying extra body fat. The endomorph is has a large bone structure, and has a good portion of muscle mass. The endomorph has a wide thorax (rib cage), which makes a large angle with his ribs. It is sometimes more difficult for an endomorph to keep weight down, but it is entirely possible that an endomorph make great gains with his or her training to the point where it may even seem as though his or her body type has completely changed!

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ...
Biceps Curl (BowFlex Reverse Grip)
Elbow Flexion (in pronation)
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the deep arm muscle (brachialis) while involving the front forearm muscle (brachioradialis) and the biceps as well.
Pulley position: Narrow.
Starting position:
• Remove the bench and stand on the platform facing the Power Rods®.
• Bend down and grasp the handles with your palms facing down/backward.
• Stand with your arms by your sides.
• Lift your chest, tighten your abdominals and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keeping the palms facing down, slowly curl the handles forward, then upward, then in toward your shoulders while keeping your elbows at your sides and your upper arms completely still.
• Slowly lower to the starting position.
Key points:
• Keep elbows from moving forward and backward.
• Keep wrists straight.
• Keep your trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.