Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Word & weight: Bicep curl


Phillipians 2:1-4

 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

When I give a gift, a compliment, ask a question am I doing it in humility to put others and their interests above me? Even if I am sincere, am I looking to gain something personal from it without making that known, am I looking to maneuver a situation, a person, to get something in return? 

 They are tough questions to ask....we may have motives we don't even KNOW about or can't detect. Those motives can affect how our actions are read and sometimes others can see them easier than we can. 

SO often, when I do something, it may APPEAR as if I am doing something "good". But am I doing it with a pure motive, with right reasons, with a well intending heart? If I ask myself these questions, then my actions towards others become very subject to change. I used to do things for others to "GET" things for myself. I would compliment to receive one, I would give a PERFECT gift to be the best friend, throw the PERFECT party, to humbly say, "yes, it's great isn't it" and have others lift me up.  

Aim to truly put others first, aim to have only PURE motives in our purest love, aim to be like CHRIST and we will see more success in this! When we lower ourselves and put others and Christ above us, that is when we are lifted higher!! 

WEIGHT: Bicep Curl 
Easy peasy right?? Sure, but many people don't do the curl as well as they could! With your arms at your sides, palms facing forward, envision your elbows being locked into the side of your body, as if there is a rod running through one elbow, your torso to the other. Keep your elbows locked there and you will reduce using your shoulders when you curl and isolate the bicep even more! 

 In the video: 
First Demonstration is a regular bicep curl...elbows secure creating a range of motion that isolates the bicep. Full extension down and slight pause at the top. There are MANY variations of this. 
Second Demo: Hammer curl, working the outer head of the bicep more. Same muscle group, slightly different angel. Again, many variations on the same... It's an essential move for strength and definition, for muscular endurance when resting properly and it's your ticket to the gun show. Have FUN and aim to lift OTHERS up as we lift to get strong and better ourselves!! 

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