Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 193

Crow's #Gym Vol. 193
Don't laugh at the way other people diet. It's along the same lines of not laughing at the way other people work out but a bit more serious. As hilarious as we find other people's eating habits you never know what amazingly awkward form of diet that your doctor, your spouse or even the voices in your head are going to put YOU on next. The last thing you want to endure is knowing that you were ruthless in picking on the way other people diet and have the insecurity of knowing you have it coming to you when you look strange.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Ketosis is the result of eating too little carbohydrate. Being in ketosis tends to reduce your feelings of hunger. Carbohydrate deprivation also causes dehydration. However, there is a distinction between losing water and losing body fat, although the two are sometimes confused. If your visit your doctor or pharmacist they can test for ketosis. If upon testing for ketosis, you realize that your body is deficit of carbohydrates, be sure to increase the total intake of carbohydrates in your diet; do not let your body go into a state of ketosis.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ...
Leg Extension (BowFlex Lying)
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the hamstring muscle group (biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus) on the back of the thigh as well as the calf muscle (gastrocnemius).
Pulley position: Leg extension/Leg curl attachment.
Starting position:
• With the back support of the bench attached to the seat of the leg unit, lie face down with your lower thigh on the pad, the knees near the pivot point and ankles under the upper roller pads .
• Point your knees and feet straight down and tighten your inner thigh muscles (as if squeezing your knees together) to stabilize.
• Place your hands on the floor or grasp the rail or bench for stability.
• Place your forehead on the bench or look to the side, but do not look up, hyper-extending your neck.
• Tighten your abs to prevent spinal motion and very slightly lift your knees (approximately 1 inch), placing the pressure on your thighs.
• Slowly bend your knees, upward and then toward your hips without moving your spine and without your hips lifting from the bench.
• Keeping the hamstrings tight, slowly allow your legs to straighten and return near the starting position. Do not fully extend your legs.
Key points:
• Make sure you straighten your legs under control, do not allow your knees to hyperextend.
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Try to relax your calf and foot muscles.