Archive for May, 2010

Crime DOES Pay

After yesterdays confession and junk food binge I hit the gym this morning with some considerable trepidation – was fully expecting to struggle to equal last Saturdays session never mind make gains.

As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to get a kick ass pump going. My arms felt like they were going to explode, in that good way, and I managed to lift a little more than last week.

So that’s curry, beer and pizza every Friday night from now on!

Just joking. I suspect it was guilt that drove me on rather than the nutritional value of the food, but maybe the excess of calories meant I had plenty of fuel to burn. And boy was there an excess of calories.

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It happens to the best of us, and I’m certainly not the best of us, but over the last 24 hours I definitely fell off the clean living wagon and over indulged in beer, curry and pizza. One leading to the other, then to the other – a pattern I recognise all too well from before taking the decision to clean up my living and get in shape.

Still, thats the first time thats happened in over a year so while I’m not terribly happy about it I’m not kicking myself too hard and now I’ve had my unplanned little break normal service has been resumed!


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Kit Review: The Concise Book of Muscles

As I’ve got stronger and fitter I’ve found that I can better feel the distinct muscles in my body as I workout. Plus with less body fat I can see them too 🙂

Thats led to me becoming more interested in how everything fits together and what things are called and so I picked myself up a copy of The Concise Book of Muscles from Amazon.

The book starts with an introduction to some of the terminology used when describing muscles and their purpose (abduction, pronation, protraction etc.). After this there are a set of colour coded sections containing muscles grouped by area:

Face head and neck
Shoulder and upper arm
Forearm and hand
Hip and thigh
Leg and foot

Each muscle is clearly shown on the skeleton and the text covers how the muscle attaches, how it moves, and likely causes of injury.

As someone who knew next to nothing about this beyond the names of the larger muscles its amazing just how many muscles there are in your body. The shoulder is particularly interesting: its very complex so I’m not surprised so many people suffer from shoulder injuries.

But back to the subject at hand – the whole book is in full colour and very well presented.

If you’re interested in learning more about how your body is put together then I can certainly recommend this as a good starting point.

Full disclosure: I bought this book myself and the links in the article earn me nothing, not even a penny, if you click them.

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