Issue Spring 2008
Another great issue from our archive.
Checkout these great articles:
- The Boot Camp Workout – Anyboday can do (even a Navy Seal)
- Learning the Obstacle Course – Tips for Success
- Buffed BI’s and Tight TRI’s – Lean fit arms
- WWE Hall of Famers – Ric Flair, Rocky Johnson, High Chief Peter Maivia
- Calling Dr. Z – Q&A with Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Mimi Zumwalt
Mimi Zumwalt, MD
Photos By Tim Rickman
Shot on Location at BodyWorks in Lubbock, Texas
Now that winter is in full effect, what better reason to pump up those arm muscles other than to get ready by summer time to show them off at the beach under bright sunlight? Aside from this aesthetic reason, functionally strong triceps and biceps will also serve you well in not only activities of daily living, but also for when you’re engaged in fun seasonal sports such as snow or water skiing, swimming, or diving.
Anatomically speaking, the triceps brachii muscle (three for tri and arm for brachii) has 3 tendinous heads, all beginning at the back of the arm bone (humerus) and attaching to the point of the elbow (olecranon). Functionally the triceps contract to extend or straighten the elbow, enabling us to perform essential life tasks such as getting up from a chair, pushing a grocery cart or door, and holding onto the steering wheel while driving. As for the biceps brachii muscle (two for bi), these 2 tendons begin at the front of the shoulder/blade (joint/coracoid process) and end by inserting into the forearm bone (radius). This arm muscle works to flex or bend the elbow in addition to turning the palm up/out (supination). Daily functions of the biceps include turning a door knob, opening a jar lid, or pulling/lifting objects.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab some bands/cables or dumbbells/weights or jump on some resistance machines to train these two ever important arm muscles, the triceps in the back and the biceps in front. Getting these upper extremity muscles strong will not only help you to function from day to day, but also will allow you to enjoy all sorts of recreational and athletic activities to include competing in the tri-fit obstacle course. As such, you can better climb the wall, race across the monkey bars and gracefully negotiate up the cargo net with speed and strength!
Just always remember to use strict/correct technique when you’re working out. Perform all movements slow and controlled while breathing rhythmically, hold your core muscles tight and don’t lock out your joints. Do also challenge yourself but use a spotter when you can to help check your form and help you progress to the next level more effectively.
Arm Workout – Giant Set (do all six exercises without a rest; take a two minute rest and repeat for a second set).
Barbell curls – 10-15 reps
Dips or pushups – 12-20 reps
Dips or pushups
Alternate dumb bell curls – 10 reps each arm
Alternate dumb bell curls
Rope press downs – 12-15 reps
Rope press downs
Double bicep cable curls – 12-15 reps
Double bicep cable curls
One arm cable press downs – 12 reps
One arm cable press downs
As you may have noticed, our magazine’s name has changed from Women’s Tri-Fitness Magazine to Tri-Fitness Magazine. Although the origin of the word “Tri-Fitness” was for the obstacle course, fitness skills and fitness routine, Tri now means women, men and children!
The Women’s Tri-Fitness will continue to include the Obstacle Course, Skills, Routine along with optional Grace & Physique events while men and children will compete on the Obstacle Course and Skills (shuttle runs only for children).
The essence of my vision is to provide a variety of athletic events which are challenging, inspiring and entertaining. We will provide an elite sporting event which will be embraced by a diverse audience and a foundation based on dedication to health, fitness and competitive spirit.
In collaboration with The Rock Foundation we will Educate, Empower and Enrich the lives of children with our Children’s Fitness Challenge. The program is designed to encourage fitness and prevent obesity. “The number of overweight American children has more than doubled in the past 20 years. In 1980, about 7 percent of children were overweight; by 2002, that number had climbed to 16 percent according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The Children’s Fitness Challenge is designed to improve health and build self-esteem of children while teaching them about goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and realizing the power of personal accomplishments.
In this issue you will see the results of our 2007 World Challenge in Las Vegas as well as different training and other informative articles. One of articles will teach you how to run the obstacle course!
There are so many people who help to make the Tri-Fitness the most prestigious event in the world of fitness. It would take twenty pages to thank each one of them. Special thanks goes to Dan Brienza (website design, filming, www.trifittv.com, etc), Bernadette Schimnowski (Director of the Children’s Fitness Challenge), Dwayne Johnson and Katie Kornfield (The Rock Foundation) – but the biggest thanks goes to all the thousands of athletes from 3 year old Morgan Boyko of Manitoba to 67 year old Francoise Sullivan of Texas.
If you are not a Tri-Fitness athlete yet, we welcome you to come join our fitness “FAMILY.” If you are a company which supports health and fitness we would love for you to join our fitness “TEAM”!
Until next time… Wish, Train, Fulfill! Sincerely, AL Rosen