Monday, May 27, 2013

Exercise for your chest muscles

The assisted dip primarily works your chest muscles with a lot of emphasis on your shoulders and triceps, too. Use caution if you have elbow, shoulder, or lower back problems.
Getting set
For this exercise, deciding which plate to put the pin in can be confusing because you follow the exact opposite rule of every other exercise. In this case, you choose more plates if you want the exercise to be easier and fewer plates if you want the exercise to be harder. The more plates you select, the more your weight is counterbalanced during the exercise. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and you place the pin in the plate marked 100, you have to lift only 50 pounds of your body weight. But if you put the pin into the plate marked 50, you have to lift 100 pounds.
After you’ve set your weight, step onto the platform of the assisted dip machine, and then carefully kneel on the knee pad or step on the foot bar as required by the machine at your gym. Grip the lower bars with your palms facing inward and straighten your arms. Pull your abdominals in and keep your body tall.

Other options
Traditional dip (harder): Stand facing a dip station, and place your hands on the dip bars. Hop up so your feet are off the floor. Straighten your arms and lift your body upward. Keep your legs straight, or bend your knees slightly and cross one ankle over the other. Remain tall and relaxed with your abdominals pulled inward. Bend your elbows and lower your body only until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Straighten your arms to lift yourself back up.

Negative-only dip (easier): If you find a traditional dip too difficult, perform only the negative phase: Use your muscle power to lower yourself and then jump up to the start after every repetition. However, when you jump up, take it easy on your elbows.

Weighted dip (harder): Do the basic version of the exercise with a special waist belt designed to hold a weight plate on the end of it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

About Clomid

Clomid, as it is most often called, is one of the most popular PCT drugs today, and is a staple of most bodybuilder's protocol. Clomid is typically prescribed for women to aid in ovulation. In men, the application of Clomid causes an elevation of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.

Clomid is also effective as an anti-estrogen. With the intake of Clomid, the athlete gets the dual effect of blocking out some of the effects of estrogen, while also increasing endogenous testosterone production.

Clomid is one medication that bodybuilders use for PCT, or post cycle therapy. Clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, is a synthetic form of estrogen. It's used in the medical field to induce ovulation women with low fertility. However, it's also sometimes used in bodybuilding because when weightlifters sometimes use steroids to bulk up muscles, they will shut down the production of testosterone. This is because with steroids, there's a testosterone "rush," which suppresses natural production. When a bodybuilder is done with the cycle of androgenic steroids, his own natural testosterone levels will be almost zero.

When Clomid is used for bodybuilding, the body may be thrown into a catabolic state because there is almost no testosterone production. In such a state, the body uses its own muscle tissue, for nutrition.

With Clomid, the theory is that it will stimulate the hypothalamus to release a certain type of hormone called gonadotrophic hormones. These in turn stimulate the testicles to secrete testosterone, which brings the body's levels of testosterone back up and thereby minimizes muscle loss. Still others believe that Clomid blocks the inhibition of estrogen, which achieves similar results.

Rather than stimulating the release of natural testosterone, Clomid reduces estrogen inhibition caused by taking steroids. If one is a heavy androgen steroid user, sometimes a small amount of Clomid is used in the middle of the cycle of steroids, but it's questionable as to whether or not this is beneficial.

Bodybuilders using Clomid of course want to determine what is the right time to begin using it. If Clomid is taken too soon, it has no benefits. If taken too late, catabolic muscle loss has already commenced.

Bodybuilders who use Clomid during the androgen steroid post cycle are popular common, but the drug has only been FDA approved to help women ovulate.