Fitness Videos

Work That Core With The Knees-to-Elbow Exercise!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will demonstrate how to perform the knee-to-elbow core exercise. This exercise is perfect for those of us with atrial fibrillation because it works the core without spiking our heart rate. (NOTE: This exercise can be performed by anyone. Even if you do not have a heart condition you can still benefit from adding this exercise to your core workouts or to your dynamic warmups.)

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How To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Place your hands behind your ears or interlace your hands behind your head.
  3. Tighten your core.
  4. Bend forward while bringing your left knee up and in front of your body while twisting to bring your right elbow over and down to meet the raised knee.
  5. Hold this position for a second or two with your core tight.
  6. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  7. Perform 15 reps for 3 sets as a part of your core workout.

Pro Tip: Set a good pace for this exercise. If you have atrial fibrillation you don’t want to be too speedy and spike your heart rate too quickly. Go at a pace that is right for you. However, if you do not have a heart condition, you can really crank these out and get your heart rate up while working your core.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

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Cooking Shows

Cooking with Fey Series Announcement and Life Update!

Hello and welcome everyone to today’s episode of Cooking with Fey. You may notice that we aren’t in my kitchen for today’s video, and that is because I have a channel announcement for you all.

As you may know, I have a day job and work as a personal trainer at night. Well, I’ve been getting a lot more personal training clients recently and I had to make a very difficult choice, to take on more clients on the weekends or keep filming my cooking videos. So after a lot of thinking and pondering, I’ve decided to put the Cooking with Fey series on hold for a while. I don’t plan on cancelling the series forever, but for the next few months I want to really focus on my second job and gaining more clients.

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The end goal to all of this is to become successful enough with my personal training job that I can quit my day job and stop working seven (7) days a week. At that time I plan on starting up the Cooking with Fey series again. My current plan is to quit my day job and move into personal training full time by the spring of 2018, but depending on how many new clients I am working with might push that timeline forward. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that business continues to grow and I can resume the series sooner rather than later.

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I really appreciate your patience and flexibility with me while I work towards this goal, and work up the courage to quite my day job. It’s a big step for me and one that has a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for me and my husband. So please bear with me while I work through this leap of faith.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

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Fitness Videos

Reverse Wide Grip Bent Over Barbell Row for Instagram Worthy Back Muscles!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will demonstrate how to perform a reverse wide grip bent over barbell row. I love row exercises. There are oodles of variations you can do to achieve a ton of different outcomes, all dependent on your fitness goals. For example, seated rows or bent over barbell rows are amazing for your back and getting those sexy V-shaped muscles we see on professional bodybuilders. But it’s more than just looks, rows can help strengthen the erector spinae to help keep your spine strong and healthy- which reduces your chances of getting injured while working out or playing a sport.

Some of the main varieties of rows are:

  • Seated
  • Bent Over
  • Yates
  • Pendlay

And some common grips are:

  • Narrow
  • Wide
  • Reverse Narrow
  • Reverse Wide

As you can imagine, changing the stance or grip will affect which muscle groups become the main focus of the exercise. So today we are going to look at the reverse wide grip bent over barbell row. Whew! That was a mouthful to say.

I love the wide grip bent over barbell row because it allows me to hit a lot of different back muscles at once. The muscles you will be working out are: the latissimus dorsi (the middle portion), the rhomboids, the lower trapezius, the biceps brachii and the erector spinae.

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What Grip Should You Use For Rows?

Unfortunately, as you’ve heard before with other health and fitness questions, it depends on your goals. The grip you use, and the width of that grip, will determine whch sections of muscles will be the focus of your exercise. If your goal is to have a broad, wide back that is very well defined, then I recommend narrow grip rows. However, if your focus is a healthy spine and good posture, then wide grip rows would be the way to go.

Or, you can be an all-star and do both! There’s nothing saying you can’t do narrow grip rows one day, then wide grips row on your next back training day. But remember, the amount of total weight you will be able to move could be less when you are doing wide-grip versus with a narrow grip, so don’t let that discourage you.

Next let’s talk about what I call “normal” grip versus reverse grip rows. A “normal” grip is when the exterior of your hand faces outward, and your palms are facing your body. This is the most common type of grip you will see at your local gym, or if you Google this term. Generally speaking, when we talk about the muscles used with this type of grip we are looking at the latissimus dorsi (the outer portion), the middle and upper trapezius muscles and the erector spinae. All of which are great muscles to work for a strong and defined back.

Now let’s look at the reverse grip. This grip has the palms facing outward with the exterior of the hand facing in the direction of your body. The muscles that are generally being worked here are the latissimus dorsi (note that it is the middle portion now being worked), the rhomboids, the lower trapezius, the biceps brachii and the erector spinae. See how we are working different portions of the same muscles? This is why you can do rows one way for one workout, then vary the grip and get a completely different outcome from another workout.

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Reverse-Grip Bent Over Barbell Row

Muscles Used: latissimus dorsi (middle portion), rhomboids, lower trapezius, biceps brachii, erector spinae

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Bend the knees and settle into a squat position.
  3. Pick up the barbell with your hands shoulder-width, or wider, apart in an underhand grip (where your palms face outward).
  4. Bend forward at the hip so you have a deep curve in your low back and your arms are hanging straight down from your shoulders.
  5. Pull the barbell toward your sternum by raising the elbows up and back. Squeeze your shoulder blades together behind you as the weight is raised.
  6. When the barbell touches your sternum, pause for a second or two before you slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position. When you return to the starting position be sure to not lock your elbows.

Pro Tip: Never let gravity take over as the weight descends. This is how people get injured and have negative impressions of a row exercise. Keep the muscles engaged and strong through the downward portion of the move so it remains as smooth as it was on the upward motion.

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Wide-Grip Barbell Row

Muscles Used: latissimus dorsi (outer portion), middle and upper trapezius, erector spinae

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Bend the knees and settle into a squat position.
  3. Pick up the barbell with your hands shoulder-width, or wider, apart in an overhand grip (where your palms face your body and the back of your hands face outward).
  4. Bend forward at the hip so you have a deep curve in your low back and your arms are hanging straight down from your shoulders.
  5. Pull the barbell toward your sternum/upper abdominal cavity by raising your elbows upward and back. Be sure to squeeze your shoulder blades together as you raise the bar up.
  6. When the barbell touches your sternum/upper abdominal cavity, pause a second or two and squeeze your upper back muscles.
  7. Now, slowly return the barbell to the starting position with arms fully extended, but make sure your elbows are not locked.

Pro Tip: Never let gravity take over as the weight descends. This is how people get injured and have negative impressions of a row exercise. Keep the muscles engaged and strong through the downward portion of the move so it remains as smooth as it was on the upward motion.

If you have Atrial Fibrillation, be sure to monitor how your heart is doing throughout this exercise. The movements shouldn’t spike your heart rate enough to cause an AFib episode, but still be aware of how you are feeling and stop if your heart starts beating erratically or skipping beats.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

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Cooking Shows

Atrial Fibrillation Approved Grocery Haul for December 3rd, 2017!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Cooking with Fey!

Today I thought I would share with you a grocery haul that is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation. When shopping for groceries with Atrial Fibrillation, try to stick with fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed meats. The goal is to eat food in as close to it’s nature state as possible, so try to avoid foods found in boxes or cans.

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You’ll also want to try and limit your salt or sugar intake. I’m trying out some Greek yogurt mixed with fruit to add more protein to my diet, and ward off those pesky sugar cravings. Salt is another thing to avoid. By reducing your intake of boxed or canned food items you can decrease your salt intake fairly easily and naturally. When cooking, try to cut back on how much salt you would normally use and see how your meal tastes. You might be surprised by how easy it is to reduce your salt content in food without sacrificing flavor.

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Leafy greens are a must, as they are a great source of micro-nutrients your body needs. Broccoli is an amazing addition to your diet for the vitamin content as well, so try roasting or steaming this yummy food to add to your lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Meat, like chicken, is a great source of protein to help your body repair and maintain muscle tissue, like your heart. So be sure to get between 40-60 grams of protein each day to help your body performing at its best.

If you have any specific questions please leave them in the comments down below and I would be happy to answer them.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

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My Life

Self Talk and Communication Styles for Your Health

For those of you that know me, I still work a full time job while striving to achieve my dream of being a full time personal trainer for those of us with atrial fibrillation. And my day job is in an industry known for being high-stress and with a high-burnout rate.

Because of this my organization takes health and wellness seriously. We often have specialists come and talk to us about topics like: work/life balance, stress reduction, time management and most recently, self talk.

The conversation really hit home for me because I’ve been doing a lot of self talk lately about my goals for Fey Fitness in 2018. I love helping people, but being a business owner isn’t a skill set I have yet, so there’s a lot of introspection regarding this. Today’s discussion at work got me thinking and I thought I would share the notes I took today in case they are helpful to others.

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If you have questions please let me know. And as always, please like and subscribe to this site to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

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Notes:

 

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“Self talk”

Be mindful of your conversations with yourself.  Notice what message you say to yourself throughout the day.  What positive statements can you substitute for negative self talk.

Examples – Negative or Positive self talk

“I have too much to do”                or         “I will put together a realistic plan for the day”

“1st things 1st”

“I am doing my best”

“Things will never change”      or           “I will do arrange a time talk with x about x”

                                                                   “How can I make this better?”

                                                                   “I have the choice to accept”

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Communication styles

Be keen and to yours and others communication styles and traits. Tailor your messages to their style.

Analytical

·      High level of emotional self-control, low-level assertiveness

·      Precise, deliberate and systematic approach

·      Industrious, objective and well-organized workers

·   Approach with agenda, quiet and serious

·   Focus on task and accuracy

Driver

·      High level of emotional self control and assertiveness

·      Decisive, results-oriented and competitive

·      Independent and able to get things done

·   Approach with objective, business like

·   Focus on task and conclusions

Amiable

·      High level of emotional responsiveness, low-level assertiveness

·      Sympathetic and empathetic to others

·      Trust others

·      Approach with personal comment, friendly, casual

·      Focus on relationship and agreement

Expressive

·   High level emotional responsiveness and assertiveness

·   “Big picture” people, innovators and risk-takers

·   Ability to charm, persuade and inspire people

·      Approach with compliment, fast moving pace

·      Focus on relationship, intentions and inspiration

Fitness Videos

Single Arm Isolated Cable Presses for a Sexy Upper Body

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will demonstrate how to perform a Single Arm Isolated Cable Press. This exercise is a great overall upper body workout for people with Atrial Fibrillation, as well as a good addition to a push/pull day for everyone else. First I will show you how to perform this exercise without any weight, then cut to a video I took in the gym of the exercise being demonstrated on the cable machine.

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What Muscles Are Used?

Single Arm Isolated Cable Presses work the chest, shoulders, triceps and abs. Additionally, if your lunge stance is deep enough, you can even work your hamstrings and quadriceps as well.

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How To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Grab the weight on the machine and take two large steps out and away from the cable station so your body is under constant stress from the weight.
  2. Start off in a lunge with your right leg forward.
  3. Keep your upper back straight, but maintain a nice curve in your lower back (lumbar area).
  4. Bring both of your arms up to shoulder height and parallel to the ground while holding the weight in your right hand. Keep both elbows bent at a 90 degree angle.
  5. On the exhale extend your right arm forward while clasping the weight.
  6. As you inhale keep the muscles of your arm and core engaged as you slowly bring the weight back to the starting position.
  7. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Perform 15 reps for 3 sets as a part of your upper body workout.

If you have Atrial Fibrillation, be sure to monitor how your heart is doing throughout this exercise. The movements shouldn’t spike your heart rate enough to cause an AFib episode, but still be aware of how you are feeling and stop if your heart starts beating erratically or skipping beats.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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Fitness Videos

Clasp Those Hands For Better Abs!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will show you how to perform a Clasped Hands Side Bends. This exercise is a great core workout for people with Atrial Fibrillation, and a good addition to a dynamic warmup for everyone else. I’ll even show you how to increase the intensity of this workout if you’d like to incorporate it into your regular core routine.

What Muscles Are Used?

Clasped Hands Side Bends work both the internal and external obliques, and the secondary muscles used are the muscles surrounding the spine, as well as the rectus abdominis.

How To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Stand tall in a relaxed state with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Bring your hands over your head and clasp your hands together.
  3. Turn your clasped hands so that your palms are now facing the ceiling, but keep your biceps near your ear.
  4. Pro Tip: To increase the intensity of this workout, hold a dumbbell, medicine ball, or kettle bell above your head, instead of clasping your hands together. Still keep your arms as straight as possible and your biceps near your ear.
  5. Engage your core and slowly bend to one side as far as you can go without moving your hips.
  6. Hold this position for a count of five (5).
  7. Keeping the core tight, slowly return to center.
  8. Repeat on the other side.
  9. Perform 15 reps for 3 sets as a workout, and 10 reps as a part of your dynamic warmup.

If you have Atrial Fibrillation, be sure to monitor how your heart is doing throughout this exercise. The movements shouldn’t spike your heart rate enough to cause an AFib episode, but still be aware of how you are feeling and stop if your heart starts beating erratically or skipping beats.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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P.S. Starting November 17th through November 27th, I will be traveling out of the country and not have access to a regular internet connection. This means that I will miss the next two Sundays of Cooking with Fey videos. For this I am very sorry, but I’ve been planning this trip for the last 13 months and want to be sure it’s as fun as I imagined it would be. But not to worry, I will return with a new Cooking with Fey video on December 3rd! So stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

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