The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime
There’s no such thing as a “waiting room”
Last week I attended Wizard World in Chicago, IL. It was five glorious days of comics, pop culture, Dunkin Donuts coffee, and of course, SuicideGirls.
My hotel had a fantastic fitness centre, with a pool, cardio equipment, and Life Fitness weight lifting machines. I really enjoyed unwinding in there after the craziness of the con each day.
When it was time to leave Chicago on Monday morning, I had one of two choices. Get up super early to fit in one last gym sesh, or… get creative.
I chose the second option.
Since I was flying internationally, I had to be at the airport 2 hours before my flight. Now, I love reading magazines and drinking expensive coffee as much as the next guy, but in this case, I had a different plan for my time in the waiting room.
Front and Back
Rather than subscribe to typical upper and lower body routines, I sometimes pair the front and back of my limbs into muscle groups, and do what I call a “Front & Back Work-Out”. This is also referred to as targeted opposing muscle training, or antagonistic training.
In this case, I worked my biceps and triceps, in succession, two exercises each, three times through, to make one work-out.
This two-headed muscle lies on the upper arm, between the shoulder and the elbow. When engaged it can be used to flex the elbow and supinate the forearm
This three headed muscle is located on the back of the upper arm. It is responsible for extension of the elbow joint.
Place extra emphasis on the triceps muscles while performing a traditional push-up by keeping your hands closer together and your elbows closer to your body as you descend. Place your hands closer together, with your fingers splayed slightly toward the center of the chest rather than facing away from the body.
Tricep Dip Variation (performed with legs on a chair or bench)
Position yourself between two benches, or chairs. Place your feet on one bench and your hands next to your hips on the other bench. Keep your feet and hands on the bench at all times. Now lower your body toward the ground while bending your elbows.