Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 219

Crow's #Gym Vol. 219
Make sure you upgrade your personal equipment once in a while. By personal equipment I mean clothes and shoes that you workout in, and of course the gloves you wear for most activities. Trust me when I point out to you that just because your shows still look great doesn't mean you haven't completely broken the support in them. You may have a pair of shorts that you just love but have never realized that every year they come out with better shorts that breath better, and wick better. You don't have to spend a lot to have personal equipment that makes you feel like a million dollars.

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Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Overload
The amount of weight that you force a muscle to use that is over and above its normal strength ability. Applying an overload to a muscle forces it to increase in hypertrophy.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Back Exercises ...
Row (Cable Upright)
Target Muscles: Latissimus dorsi, Rhomboids, Teres major and minor, Erector spinae, Biceps, Fore-arms, Pectoralis major
Starting Position:
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Grab a pair of handles attached to a single cable around chest to face level.
The Movement:
1. Pull the handles towards you so that your hands end up next to your rib cage.
2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return to the starting position, maintaining a near­ upright position.
Tips:
• To achieve maximum back development, keep your torso nearly upright during the entire movement - it should not move forwards or backwards more than 10°.
• Maintain a normal curve in your back - do not arch your back excessively.
• Keep your legs slightly bent and still throughout the movement.
• Inhale at the start of the movement; then hold your breath during the pulling phase - this helps stabilise your torso. Exhale only towards the end of the movement once your arms are extended.