Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 174

Crow's #Gym Vol. 174
The never ending battle of the Gym Rats vs The Resolutioners. Yes with January comes the two types of egos that can make the gym a bit uncomfortable, but that really is all it is. In another month the people who have all the initiation to get healthy in January, and none of the resolve to continue past February will be gone, and of their own volition. Don't become the reason they don't want to come to the gym. Do what I do, start a blog where you can share the funny stories of the whacky things they do. It's a much better solution than try to teach someone etiquette that have no problem embarrassing themselves. It never ends well.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Flexibility
A suppleness of joints, muscle masses, and connective tissues which lets you move your limbs over an exaggerated range of motion. A valuable quality in bodybuilding training, it promotes optimum physical development. Flexibility can only be attained through systematic stretching training, which should form a cornerstone of your overall bodybuilding philosophy.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ...
Pullin (BowFlex Lying)
Shoulder Adduction (elbow stabilized near extension)
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the latissimus dorsi, teres major and rear deltoid which make up the large pulling muscles of your upper back, as well as involving your biceps which are located on the front of your upper arms.
Pulley position: Wide.
Starting position:
• Lie on your back, head toward the Power Rods®.
• Grasp the handles and straighten the arms out to the sides with your palms facing away from the pulleys, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor.
• Tighten your abdominals to stabilize your spine while maintaining a very slight arch in the lower back.
Motion:
• Initiate the movement by pulling your shoulder blades down toward your bottom while simultaneously pulling your arms out to the sides, then down and inward toward the sides of the torso.
• Slowly return to the starting position, allowing your arms and shoulder blades to move back up/ out toward the Power Rods® without relaxing.
Key points:
• Do not lose spinal alignment.
• Keep the lats tightened throughout the entire motion.
• Release your shoulder blades at the end of each rep and initiate each new rep by depressing your shoulder blades.