Muscle and Motion Update

So a couple years ago I wrote a review of the muscle and motion software. You should definitely go give it a read, the program is fan-freaking-tastic. If you're at all interested in functional anatomy then you'll love it. I just wanted to shine some light on recent updates from muscle and motion.

The biggest thing I want to get across is that they are constantly updating the body of work contained in the program. I get an email every month letting me know about the updates that are happening within the program, so there's no way I can be all inclusive. However, here's a small list of some of the updates over the past 2 months:

-  Cable Triceps Extensions
-  Machine Triceps Extensions
-  Lying Leg Curls

-  Core Muscles - short movie
-  Single leg Lateral Raise [Target your proprioceptive system |  Frontal plane VS Scapular plane]
-  Shoulders Combined Raise [Target your lower trapezius]
-  Front Raise [Shoulder impingement syndrome]
-  Decline Crunch [How to Do an Ab Crunch?... ]
-  Examples for training the abdominal muscles
    in their stabilizing function.

Aside from that, the user interface remains about the same as it did from when I reviewed the program at first, which is nice, because I found it to be very user friendly. There are also helpful video tutorials about exercise physiology, developing a workout routine, kinesiology, and more. I strongly encourage any kinesiology or physiotherapy student to purchase it, but give it a trial first to make sure you love it. You can click the link in my left side bar to be taken directly to the free trial download. Or, if scrolling back up is too time consuming, click right here. If you're an educator, you may have the option of getting a discounted full version as well.

My First Impressions of Blink Fitness

Finally, I've started going to the gym again. I haven't went since I moved down to this wonderfully big, wonderfully strange, city. I joined blink fitness. It's dirt cheap - at just $20 a month for me and my wife - and clean, but there's a few things that I find lacking. This is by no means a scathing review of blink, it's just my impressions upon the first month of the place being open. 

Like I said, it's cheap, so perhaps I don't have too much to complain about, but dammit I will anyway. Here's my list.

  1. No 2.5lbs plates. Come on guys, seriously? A brand spanking new gym with like 100 treadmills and you couldn't spring for a half dozen 2.5lb weight plates? You expect people to jump a minimum of 10lbs if their trying to beat their personal best?

  2. Only two olympic bars in the whole place. TWO! which are both in squat racks. So if someone wants to do bench press they have to take up a whole squat rack to do it, leaving one bar for everyone else who wants to squat, deadlift, power clean, snatch, jerk... you get the picture. This is probably my biggest issue with the place honestly.

  3. Octagon weight plates. This isn't actually that big of an issue, but it's a little annoying when doing a deadlift. you can't roll the damn things to get the position, I always feel like I'm laying them dow askew, so I feel like I have to reset between reps. It'll probably just take some adjusting, but I like round plates better.
So that's about it really. I've made suggestions to the manager about getting 2.5lbs plates and adding a dedicated bench press. I don't really expect them to change to round plates, but that's just me being picky anyway. In another post I'm going to talk about the gym culture in some places like this big box type gyms. I haven't the energy to rant about it now, but here's a little preview. Free weights are not the enemy, personal trainers need more training, ladies need to lift heavy things!

Thanks for indulging me. I actually do really like the gym, I do. It's clean, lit's big, the staff is friendly, and the air conditioner works. It could be a lot worse, but I think a brand new gym has the opportunity to address issues head on in the beginning, so Imma tell 'em about it.

Happy Canada Day... Not very original post.

Happy Canada Day! I've only been in the USA for a couple months, but it's still long enough to make me miss home. Don't get me wrong, I love it here, but Canada is, well, Canada. We have polar bears, hockey, and Santa Claus.

I don't really have much else to say. By a stroke of luck I have the day off, but I didn't even get to sleep in because of street work outside my window. Damn jackhammers.

I hope my Canadian followers are having a fantastic day off and that you celebrate in style. Cheers for now.