Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: Vol. 240

Crow's #Gym Vol. 240
Now that I am back in the swing of things and working out again with a level of intensity I have been trying isometrics to see if I can increase a little muscle mass. I don't know if it works yet, but it is easy enough to do, and I can see the point to doing it. In theory you just flex the hell out of the muscles you are working between sets (immediately after you put your weights down)  and it will increase the blood pump and hopefully do a little more damage for a little extra effort. Give it a try for a few weeks and let us know how it works for you.

Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Power Lifting
A second form of competitive weight lifting (not contested at the Olympics, however) featuring three lifts, the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. Power lifting is contested both nationally and internationally in a wide variety of weight and age classes for both men and women.

Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Arm Exercises ..
Biceps Curl (PowerBlocks Standard Seated)
Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes and develops the biceps muscles, which are located on the front of your upper arms and are primarily responsible for bending your elbows, as well as the brachialis and brachioradialis.
Starting position:
• Sit on the bench with one leg on either side of it.
• Reach down and pick up the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) and bring them to your side your palms facing forward.
• Sit upright or lean forward slightly with your upper arms by your sides (although not "smashed" against them). Lift your chest, tighten your abdominals and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
• Curl the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) forward, then upward, and then in toward shoulders while keeping your elbows at your sides and your upper arms completely still.
• Slowly lower to the starting position by performing the same arcing motion.
Key points:
• Keep elbows at your sides.
• Keep wrists straight.
• Keep your trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.