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Your Excuses May Kill You Sooner or Later!
August 16, 2012
What Are You Waiting For?
If you haven’t reached your fitness goals yet, then what is it that is hindering you? What keeps you from being totally happy with the body you’re in? Why aren’t you working out regularly, making healthy nutritional choices, and making the most of the awesome gift you’ve been blessed with in which to experience your human form: your amazing body.
EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
This is the part of the newsletter where I feature an exercise and give explicit instructions on its proper execution.
This month's featured exercise shows a really cool way to use the Smith machine that you may not have tried before. Normally peeps just use this contraption for presses and squats and such. However, you can do push ups and pull ups on it and vary the intensity by simply moving the bar up or down. Today, we are doing the pullup and it is great for your back and biceps. Let's face it, few of us can do an actual pullup, but with the Smith machine, anyone can! Yay!
Smith Machine Pullups
Primary Muscle Group Worked: Back and biceps.
To see a video click here
Preparation: Set the bar on the Smith Machine at desired height. (The lower the bar, the greater the difficulty.) Take a wide, overhand grip keeping elbows in soft lock at bottom of move. Lie beneath the bar with the bar just above the chest. Keep body straight from head to toe with a soft lock (slightly bent) in knees throughout.
Execution: Exhale as you slowly bend arms and raise body towards the bar nearly touching chest to bar. Inhale as you slowly return to start position for desired number of reps.
TIPS:1) Keep elbows flared throughout exercise. 2) Keep slight arch in lower back and keep upper back flat with shoulder blades retracted throughout. 3) Basically, keep your entire body in a straight line with a soft lock in the knees. 4) Do not jerk upper body up towards bar or allow butt to drop or lurch in either direction.
HEREIN LIES THE CHALLENGE: Control the speed, keep elbows flared, and body in straight line! Good luck!
THE PONDER POND
Okay, peeps! This is the inspirational part of the newsletter known as the "Ponder Pond" where you're welcome to take a swim in the sweet waters of inspiration.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics just finishing up, this video jumped out at me (as they coincidentally often do) and blessed me to the very depths of my soul as I watched it. For that reason, there was no question or need to look any further. I apologize that it starts with a super-short ad. I hope you watch it through to the end and that it touches you the way it did me.
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From my heart to your health,
Linda Burke, CPT
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