Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 211

Crow's #Gym Vol. 211
Are you one of those people that gets intimidated when you go to the gym? Feel like people are judging you? Perhaps feel a little inadequate when you are working out? I happen to have some great news for you. Most people go to the gym to work on themselves and aside from a good natured hello, they really don't think about you at all. The very very few who would seek to intimidate, judge or make you feel inadequate are wasting their time and not getting anything done on themselves, which makes them losers, so what do you care what they think?

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Nitrogen
A gaseous, nonmetallic element. Nitrogen is a component of all proteins. Nitrogen is essential to the synthesis of proteins the body must have, particularly nitrogen - containing compounds or amino acids derived directly or indirectly from plant food. The process of protein metabolism accounts for nitrogen balance. When protein catabolism exceeds protein anabolism, a negative nitrogen balance exists in the body. When protein anabolism exceeds protein catabolism, a positive nitrogen balance exists in the body.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Leg Exercises ...
Deadlift (BowFlex Barbell Stiff Leg)
Hip extension
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes and develops the hamstrings and glutes, while requiring the spinal erectors to stabilize.
Pulley position: Low pulley
Starting position:
• Remove the bench and stand on the platform facing the Power Rods®.
• Grasp the bar with an overhand grip approximately shoulder width.
• The bar harness may have to be adjusted to insure that there is enough movement in the cable to complete the range of motion.
• Do not lock your knees. Position them either nearly straight or very slightly bent.
• Lift your chest, tighten your abdominals and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Motion:
• Maintaining your knee position, slowly bend forward at the hips by moving your butt backwards. It is critical that you keep the “chest out/up” and do not allow it to “cave in,” an indicator that your back is rounding.
• Stop as your hamstrings begin to get taut and before your back begins to round.
• Concentrate on tensing the hamstrings to pull you back up to the starting position.
Key points:
• Your torso should move from vertical angling forward — toward horizontal —-without rounding, slouching or otherwise losing “flat” postural alignment.
• Keep knees slightly bent.
• Move only as far as you can go correctly!
• Never attempt to exercise with more resistance than you are physically able to handle.