Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 191

Crow's #Gym Vol. 191
Never underestimate your mind's ability to get out of focus. It's pretty common especially as we think of ourselves. Many people find what they consider to be perfection and then they work towards it, and they have no concept that no human being is perfect, and everyone's idea of perfect is always out of reach. The people that are the happiest with themselves are the ones that accept "better" as their goal, and always see themselves as "better." If that concept hasn't reached you yet then give it a try. You'll feel "better" almost instantly!

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Isometric Contraction
Isometric contraction is a muscular contraction not accompanied by movement of the joint. The muscle is neither lengthened nor shortened but tension changes can be measured. Due to the lack of visible muscle shortening, there is no movement of the actins. The term "dynamic tension" was used by Charles Atlas to refer to this term.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ...
Crunch (BowFlex Standard)
Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the abdominal area including the upper and lower front abs (rectus abdominus) and the side abs (obliques).
Pulley position: None.
Starting position:
• Lie face up on the bench with feet near the Power Rods®.
• Your lower back can start out flat or in a normal arch, knees and hips are bent with your feet either on the bench, resting on the lat tower, or held in space.
• Fold your arms across your chest.
Motion:
• Tighten your abs and curl only your torso, slowly moving your ribs toward your hips. Move as far as you can without moving the hips or neck.
• Slowly reverse the motion returning to the starting position, without relaxing.
Key points:
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation down, don’t exaggerate it.
• Do not lift your head/chin. Your head should follow the rib motion not lead, allowing you to maintain normal neck posture.
• Tighten your abdominals throughout the entire exercise range of motion. Do not let your abs relax until the set is over.
• MOVING SLOWLY to eliminate momentum is critical.
• This exercise will NOT spot-reduce fat!