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You Don't Know Jack About Muscles

This weeks article is an infusion of some light-hearted fun to contrast my current reality. Always learning, I’m hitting the books again.  I’m working on my specialization in Corrective Exercise NASM.  Ive come to realizie that You Don’t Know Jack About Muscles.

Crazy, right?!  Why is that crazy?  Because, I forgot how hard it was. The subject material is hard, juggling is hard, family, training, life, business, career, social media and blogging. I got a whole lotta overload goin’ on. As I go, my concern grows about my time constraints and this blog whilst I’m embroiled in studying. HA! What the heck was I thinking?!  The struggle is temporary.  I’m pushing my limits, but determined to soldier on and pass.  Afterall, I do love a challenge.


Recent Positive Realization:

I tend to waste time when, I have it to spare. Directly related, I manage to get a lot more done when I have to manage my minutes carefully.

It’s amazing what you can get done when you have to.  Cough, cough, such as this article (pat on the back).


Here are some facts about muscles that are not Anatomical, Latin, Framed in Planes of Motion or Postural Assessments. NONE of the following 7 facts are featured in NASM CES.  Get it straight, these are merely “Fun Facts” Jack.  No quiz will be given at then end of this module.

You Don’t Know Jack About Muscles

1. Frowning: It’s a workout.  So only smile on rest days.

It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 muscles to smile.

2. Flex your intellectual muscle and use your noodle.

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia.Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream, and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel pain.

3. The only muscle that never tires is our heart.

Just think about it, it never stops working. The average human heart beats from 60-100 times per minute. Through your sleep, through your workouts, through your showers, through everything. It’s a good thing your heart doesn’t tire, because of the alternative!

4. Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.

Don’t get me wrong, your tongue isn’t going to be able to pull a car. But in proportion to size, the tongue is by far the most worked muscle we have. No need to go lift those tongue weights, it develops through eating, talking, pretty much anything involving your mouth.

5. To take one step, you use 200 muscles.

If the average amount of steps you take each day is 10,000, then that’s a lot of work for those 200 muscles.  So next time you’re off for a walk, remember the hard work that’s being put in. Looks like a rest day isn’t sounding too ridiculous after all!

6. It takes half as long to gain muscle than it does to lose it.

For example, if it takes you a month to develop a muscle, it will take two months for that muscle to degenerate back to its original size/strength. However, that’s not motivation to sit on the couch all day! Your muscle learns quickly and it’s very easy to get in shape and build muscle, so there’s your encouragement to go get that afternoon workout!

7. Muscles make up 40% of your total body weight.

In fact, muscles are the most dense thing in your body. Also, muscle weighs more than fat. Typically, when people start to work out, they lose weight at the beginning (losing fat), but then start to gain weight (muscle).

So there you have it, Jack.  Super fun right?!

Have you heard all of these before?

Are you burning the candle at both ends?

How to you handle an overloaded schedule? 



***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.