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V Learning the lingo

Standing, bending, and sitting at your own risk Breathing big

Remembering technique, technique, technique

It seems each sport, club, fraternity, family (or any other subset of society at large) has its own lingo; its own code words that the initiated use as shorthand. Cyclists "hammer," "jam," or "bonk"; street hoop junkies "slam," "dish," and do battle in "the paint." The gym, of course, has its own jargon. Words like pecs, quads, and lats are tossed around like five-pound barbells. While these code words may sound like snippets of conversation between two narcotic cops, they're actually abbreviated versions of the technical names for various body parts.

When Joe was a child, his uncle gave him an anatomy book that he had used during medical school. Each page revealed another complete system: circulatory, nervous, muscular, and so on. As a child, pondering how these separate systems functioned as one filled him with wonder. Even as a busy adult, when you pause to consider the human body, only the most jaded mortician wouldn't be awed by the complexity of this amazing machine. Since you're going to be spending a fair bit of time working your muscles, we think it's important to be able to visualize what's going on beneath your epidermis. In fact, the better you understand how your muscles work, the easier it is to appreciate what we're talking about when it comes to particular exercises. In addition, gaining an appreciation for human anatomy might help ensure that you maintain solid technique and not injure yourself.

In this chapter, we've provided you with charts so that you can familiarize yourself with these roughly 600 muscles that compromise your body, the very muscles you'll become intimately involved with in the near future.

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