Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 198

Crow's #Gym Vol. 198
You can't carve specific areas of fat from your body. I know we have all seen the machines that will give you washboard abs, or promise to remove the love handles, but all they can do (assuming that they actually work to begin with) is strengthen, or build the muscles in the area you are working. I hate to break it to you, but you have to work all of your muscles and you have to stop eating so much, if you want to get rid of fat. The good news is most of the "trouble areas" suck to work out all the time, so you will be happy to know, you can work out the fun stuff as well and get the same results you were promised with the stupid gadgets.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Long Bar
These bars are commonly used in exercises for the back, such as lat pulldowns. The advantage of the long bar is that you can adjust the width depending on how you would like to work the exercises.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ...
Hip Flexion (BowFlex Standing)
With knee flexion
Muscles worked: This exercise primarily develops and strengthens the muscles on the front of your hips (iliopsoas and rectus femoris) that are primarily responsible for bending or flexing your hips.
Pulley position: Narrow.
Starting position:
• Remove the bench.
• Stand on the base platform, facing away from the Power Rods®, on one side of the bench.
• Secure the cuff around the leg farthest from the rail, just above or just below the knee.
• Straighten, but do not lock, the knee of your support leg.
• Keep your spine in good posture with your chest lifted, abs tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Initiate the movement by lifting your knee up and in toward your torso.
• Allowing the knee to bend as you move, bring your knee upward as far as you can, without allowing ANY movement to occur at your waist or lower back.
• Slowly return to the starting position without resting your leg muscles.
Key points:
• Make sure all of your motion occurs at your hip, NOT your waist or lower back.
• Keep your chest lifted and trunk muscles tight throughout the entire exercise.
• Allow your lower leg to hang in the direction of the cable at all times.