Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 196

Crow's #Gym Vol. 196
One of the best things you can do when you start working out is find someone that generally cares about your workouts. As strange as it may sound there are many days when you are so stoked about your workout that you just want to share it with someone. It really sucks if nobody seems to get you,, or your need to improve yourself. Once you find someone that you can share you inner research with it really does make all the difference towards making it to the next level.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Layoff
Most bodybuilders take a one to two week layoff from bodybuilding training from time to time. During this time, no exercise is done whatsoever. A layoff after a period of intense precompetition training is particularly beneficial as a means of allowing the body to completely rest, recuperate, and heal any minor training injuries that might have cropped up during the peaking cycle.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ...
Leg Curl (BowFlex Lying Prone)
Knee flexion
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the hamstring muscle group (biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus) on the back of the thigh as well as the back of the calf (gastrocnemius).
Pulley position: Narrow.
Starting position:
• Seated on the flat bench, attach the cuffs to the respective ankles.
• Turn and lie on your stomach with your head facing away from the Power Rods®. The cables will cross. Keep your feet together and your hands flat on the floor helping to provide stability.
• Move forward to provide tension in the cables.
• Look toward the floor to keep your neck in good alignment and tighten your abdominals.
• Lift your knees very slightly (1/4 inch) off of the bench by pressing your hips into the bench and hold them completely still.
Motion:
• Slowly bend your knees, moving your feet in an arc upward and then inward toward your buttocks.
• Then slowly allow your legs to straighten through the arc described, returning to the starting position without relaxing.
Key points:
• Keep your upper leg motionless during the entire exercise.
• Keep your abs tight and do not lift your hips or excessively arch your back.