Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 182

Crow's #Gym Vol. 182
What motivates me to work out? How my clothes feel actually. If my waistline on my pants are too tight I diet down a bit, if the chest and arm areas of my shirts don't feel a little tight I lift heavier in the back and chest region. Was it always that way? Hell no, I like most people started hitting the gym because of a demon (small and beaten up a lot as a kid) just like everyone else does (even the fat and picked on as a kid variety). The best day is the day when you no longer are chasing away those demons and you are just micro managing a self that you happen to like.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Growth Hormone
Peptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland responsible for the repair and growth of tissues such as bones, muscles, and organs. In recent years, growth hormone has become one of the most popular agents used by professional bodybuilders.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Chest Exercises ...
Resisted Punch (BowFlex)
Shoulder Flexion, Elbow Extension and Scapular Protraction
Muscles worked: This exercise involves the entire chest muscle, the front shoulder muscles (anterior deltoid, a portion of the middle deltoid) and the triceps, located on the back of the upper arms.The goal however, is not any specific muscle group. It is to be used with very light resistance for an endurance activity.
Pulley position: Narrow only.
Starting position:
• With the bench flat and locked in the back position against the lat tower, sit facing away from the Power Rods®.
• Reach straight behind your body, grasp the handles with an overhand grip so that the cable will lay between your arm and your torso.
• Bend your elbows until your hands are level with your waistline and your palms are facing your torso.
• Maintain erect posture.
• Using a moderate speed and light weight, rotate your trunk and press one arm forward to full extension, allowing the shoulder blade to move forward at the end of the punch.
• Return that arm to the starting position — under control — and repeat with the other arm.
• As an alternative to punching straight forward you may also punch upward at an angle in line with the cable.
Optional motions:
• Bilateral movement – both arms pressing forward at the same time.
• Unilateral movement – performing all reps with one arm before moving to the next.
• Alternating – performing one rep on one side and then the next rep on the other side.
• Simultaneously alternating – both arms moving, although in opposite directions (one pressing while the other is returning).
Key points:
• Maintain an upright, erect posture as your trunk twists/rotates with the punch.
• It is important to note that "sport specific" movements will not necessarily improve the skill associated with a sport.