Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 188

Crow's #Gym Vol. 188
Twenty Five years ago, the best popcorn in the world was the stuff you could get at the movie theater because they used coconut oil to pop it and the stuff was expensive and uncommon. The People for the Prevention of Happiness [PPH] came along and decided that coconut oil was going to kill you, and made sure it was banned in movie theaters. This made it so movie theaters had to switch to using a petroleum jelly (yeah Vaseline) based oil for their popcorn, which doesn't sound that healthy to me, but what do I know? Well I know that coconut oil is now considered one of the healthiest things on earth. It lightens the load on your kidneys, and strengthens your liver because it is 60% Medium Chain Triglycerides [MCTs] which your body can't store as fat but prefers over all other sources of energy. I wouldn't be surprised if we find out some day that Trans-Fat is the missing link to cure cancer or something. That's why your microwave popcorn isn't as yummy as it used to be ...

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Infraspinatus Muscle
Infraspinatus is one of the rotator cuff muscles. It sits on the back of the shoulder blade, below the spine of the scapula and attaches to the greater tuberosity on the humerus.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ...
Crunch (BowFlex Reverse Standard)
Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked: This exercise works your entire abdominal area including your upper and lower front abs (rectus abdominus) and your side abs (obliques).
Pulley position: None.
Starting position:
• With the bench in the flat position, lie on your back with your head toward the Power Rods®.
• Bend your knees fully.
• The amount of bend at the hips based on desired difficulty. Beginners should be fully bent, bringing the legs near the abs. As strength improves the legs can be positioned farther away. DETERMINE THESE POSITIONS AND MAINTAIN THROUGHOUT THE EXERCISE.
• Reach overhead grasp either the bench, or the metal frame, with each hand.
• Relax your neck.
Motion:
• Tighten your abs and slowly curl your hips toward your rib cage. Move as far as you can without using your legs to get momentum and do not curl up onto your shoulder blades.
• Slowly reverse the motion returning to the starting position without relaxing.
Key points:
• Tighten your abs before you move.
• Keep knees and hips stationary.
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation down without exaggerating breathing.
• Contract as far into the movement as possible. Lower under control. Keep abs tight during the entire motion.
• This exercise will NOT spot-reduce fat!