Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 238

Crow's #Gym Vol. 238
Ok, let's go back a couple of days where I explained a little bit about caloric intake, now I want to explain how to distribute caloric intake. If you work out a lot, then you should stay to the old standby of 40% - 40% - 20%. Carbs, Proteins & Fats. Despite the fads that go around you do need just as many carb calories as you do protein calories. Yes protein builds muscle tissue, but guess what fills the muscles and creates the fuel necessary for them to burn energy and of course build more muscle? If you said carbs then you have obviously been following along. Glycogen is the fuel that your muscles store to work harder, and glycogen comes from carbohydrates. Don't build muscle without them!

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Poundage
The amount of weight that you use in an exercise, whether that weight is on a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ..
Biceps Curl (PowerBlocks Single Arm Concentration)
Target Muscles: Biceps brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis
Starting Position:
1. Sit on a bench with your legs fairly wide apart.
2. Hold a PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) with one hand and brace that arm against the inside  of the same thigh.
3. Your arm should be full extended and your palm should be facing the  opposite thigh.
The Movement:
1. Slowly curl the PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) up in a smooth arc towards your shoulder.
2. Squeeze your biceps hard at the top of the movement, hold for a count  of two and then slowly lower the PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) back to the starting  position.
Tips:
• Make sure you curl the PowerBlock (or Dumbbell) to you shoulder and do not move your shoulder to the dumbbell. Keep your shoulder bad and relaxed.
• Do not lean backwards.
• Keep your upper arm fixed.
• Make sure you fully straighten your arm when you lower the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells); do not shorten the downwards phase.