Fitness Videos

Split Level Pushups for Stronger Pecs, Shoulders and Triceps

Split Level Pushups for Stronger Pecs, Shoulders and Triceps

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level chest exercise called a Split Level Pushup. I like to save this exercise for clients to transition them out of intermediate pushups and into something a little more advanced as the movement allows for lots of variation depending on skill level and strength.

Why Do a Split Level Pushup?

  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Staggered Pushups are more advanced forms of a pushup because they require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement.
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.

 How to Perform a Split Level Pushup:

  1. Come down into a normal pushup position with a straight back and toes firmly planted on the ground with your heels pointing towards the sky.
  2. Depending on skill and strength level, bring one hand up onto a surface that is higher than the floor- but continue to keep both hands shoulder-width apart.
  3. Lower yourself down as though you were performing a normal pushup, and press firmly through your hands to press yourself back into the starting position.
  4. Repeat this motion 10-15 reps on each side for 4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. 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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No Nutrition Blog Post Today: Fey is Sick!

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Hello and welcome everyone to my nutrition series. Unfortunately all the pollen brought forth by spring flowers is attacking my body and making me sick.

Once I’m feeling better I will definitely publish an entry. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers,

Fey

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Fey Fitness: No Video Today

Hi everyone and welcome to what would normally be a Fey Fitness video. My allergies are going bananas right now from all the pollen, so I’m taking a self care day and trying to recover from all this icky, itchy eyed, sinus pain gunk. Tune in next week for a normal Fey Fitness video!

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Professional Development Opportunity! Training Weekend.

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Hello and welcome everyone to what would normally be another article in my nutrition series! Today I’m starting my three day training program, so there won’t be any nutrition article today. In case you missed my first post on the topic, I’ve been awarded an opportunity through the studio I work at to take a professional Pilates instructor course! I am thrilled and feel so blessed to be given this amazing experience to progress my professional career as a trainer. This scholarship is only presented once a year to employees who show merit and a passion for fitness, so it was a dream come true to be given such a rare gift. It’s an amazing feeling, and one I am currently finding hard to put into words.
The only downside to this program is that every three weeks I won’t be able to post my normal nutrition blog because I’ll be away from the internet and in training.
Not to worry, the rest of the month will remain unscathed, and you can expect blog entries on the regularly scheduled time and format.

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Thank you for your patience with this wonderful growth opportunity I’ve been blessed with, and I look forward to posting another entry next week as life returns to normal.

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

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Single Leg TRX Mountain Climbers (Intermediate Exercise)

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called a Single Leg TRX Mountain Climber. But not to worry, you don’t have to be perfect at this exercise right off the bat, practice makes perfect as we strive for proper form and achieve stronger, toned muscles in the process.

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Why Do a Single Leg TRX Mountain Climber?
• Motor control is increased in the body by strengthening the hip adductors. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when performing bilateral and unilateral movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
• Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
• The hip flexors and hip abductors will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
• Motor control is also increased in the body. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when asked to perform movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
• Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
• Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
• This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
• Also the gluteus maximus, a prime muscle for hip extension, gets a good workout from this movement. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and the one most people are looking to shape and strengthen with the squat and deadlift. So just remember, strong glutes equal a shapely booty!

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How to Perform a Single Leg TRX Mountain Climber:
1. Lower the straps on the TRX strap to mid-calf.
2. Come onto your hands and knees in a quadruped position and slip one foot into both foot cradles of the TRX strap with the top of your foot against the bottom of the foot cradle so the bottom of your foot is facing the sky. The other leg will remain out of the straps.
3. Come into a plank position on your hands with your foot in the TRX straps. The other leg will have to hover and support itself without the assistance of the straps.
4. Trying to move seamlessly, and keeping the rest of the body still, bring the knee (the one not in a straps) in towards your chest and then pause for a moment before extending the leg back to the starting position.
5. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. 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 my website at FeyFitness.com .

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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Advanced Level TRX Leg Abduction Plank!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level exercise called a TRX Leg Abduction Plank. But not to worry, you don’t have to be perfect at this exercise right off the bat, practice makes perfect as we strive for proper form and achieve stronger, toned muscles in the process.

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Why Do a TRX Leg Abduction Plank?
• Motor control is increased in the body by strengthening the hip adductors. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when performing bilateral and unilateral movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
• Our hip adductors comprise almost ¼ of the total mass of our legs, meaning this isn’t a muscle group to overlook when working the leg muscles. These muscles work with our hip abductors to provide lateral (or side-to-side) stabilization of our hips.
• Also, the hip adductors are important for overall hip stability as well as pelvis and low back injury prevention.
• Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
• The hip flexors and hip abductors will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
• Motor control is also increased in the body. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when asked to perform movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
• Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
• Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
• Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
• This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
• Also the gluteus maximus, a prime muscle for hip extension, gets a good workout from this movement. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and the one most people are looking to shape and strengthen with the squat and deadlift. So just remember, strong glutes equal a shapely booty!
• And the IT Band, which is composed of elastic connective tissue called fascia, runs along the outside of the thigh from above the hip to below the knee. This tissue is very important because it allows the IT band to act like a giant spring to assist in walking, jumping or climbing.

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How to Perform a TRX Leg Abduction Plank:
1. Lower the straps on the TRX strap to mid-calf.
2. Come onto your hands and knees in a quadruped position and slip one foot into both foot cradles of the TRX strap with the top of your foot against the bottom of the foot cradle so the bottom of your foot is facing the sky. The other leg will remain out of the straps.
3. Come into a plank position on your hands with your foot in the TRX straps. The other leg will have to hover and support itself without the assistance of the straps.
4. Trying to move seamlessly and keeping the rest of the body still, abduct the leg not in the TRX straps out away from the body and then adduct it back parallel to the leg in the straps.
5. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. 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 my website at FeyFitness.com .

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
Website: https://www.feyfitness.com

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Leafy Recipes Series: Italian Cooking Adventure with Broccoli Rabe!

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Cooking with Fey! IMPORTANT NEWS ALERT: Spring is here! I repeat, spring is here! I am overjoyed for the warm weather and sunshine we’ve been having this week. So to put that extra bounce in my step I would like us to take a culinary trip to the Italian countryside and talk about zesty broccoli rabe.

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In case you’ve never heard of this leafy green, broccoli rabe is a common Mediterranean green commonly found in Italian cooking (and I’m told by friends who have been to France it’s also popular there as well). Broccoli rabe is a part of the cruciferous family (think kale, Brussel sprouts and cabbage) and looks kinda like the cousin of a turnip or nappa cabbage. Foods from the cruciferous family are amazing for digestive health and pack a punch in terms of other health benefits. Broccoli rabe are no different, this yummy vegetable has many health benefits to add to your diet such as: lowering cholesterol, cancer prevention, heart health, digestive tract health and they have anti-inflammatory properties.

Broccoli rabe also contains these helpful nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Dietary fiber

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Vitamin A is necessary for human growth and development, cell recognition, sight, proper immune system function, sexual reproduction, as well as helping the heart, lungs, and kidneys to function normally. While Vitamin A sounds like a miracle, be careful how much you take. If you ingest too much it can be harmful to the body. Most doctors recommend that adult men consume 900 mcg per day, and women take 700 mcg per day to stay within healthy levels.

As you may know, broccoli rabe is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Which is especially important now that cold weather seems to be here to stay for most parts of America.

Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study also pointed out that leafy green vegetables, and foods high in Vitamin C, had the largest positive impact.

Other studies have found that activities such as daily walking, combined with broccoli rabe intake, can reduce blood pressure. So if you are concerned about your heart health talk to your doctor about adding broccoli rabe to your healthy lifestyle diet.

Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then broccoli rabe might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Vitamin K is important to the body because it is needed for the body to product a protein called prothrombin, which allows the body to support bone metabolism and form helpful blood clots (like when you get a papercut and the blood clots to stop the bleeding, not the scary kind of blood clot). Vitamin K creates healthy, strong bones by increasing their density. Denser bones are less likely to break or sustain injury.

Vitamin E is important to protecting the bodies’ vision, reproductive organs, blood, brain and skin. Gosh, that’s quite the list of benefits from one little nutrient! Vitamin E is also a source of antioxidants. As you may remember from a previous blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight some cancers and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes. These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin.

Science is also starting to show that diets rich in antioxidants have a positive effect on cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. While these illnesses currently have no known cure, diets rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds can lower the risk of developing these diseases later in life.

Folate, which is one of the B vitamins, is important for tissue growth and normal cell function. Further, folate is especially important for pregnant women and our active aging populations.

Meanwhile, potassium helps the body maintain a normal blood pressure and nerve function. This means that broccoli rabe can help the nervous system regulate muscle movements more effectively. This is important for weightlifters such as myself, as it maximizes all that hard work we put in at the gym each week.

Calcium is the essential mineral everyone was taught as a kid would help us build strong bones. And you are right in remembering that from 3rd grade science. Calcium is vital for the health of our bones, and for slowing down bone density loss as we age. The mineral calcium also impacts the muscle that surrounds blood vessels, causing it to relax. Which is important for blood pressure and muscle contraction. Just remember, it is difficult for the body to effective absorb calcium without the presence of Vitamin D in the body, so be sure to have an adequate source of Vitamin D in your diet to maximize the effects of calcium.

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Think of manganese as a superhero for our bones. This mineral helps bones grow and then maintain their density. Manganese, when combined with calcium, zinc and copper, supports bone mineral density in any age of human development. However, this is very important in our active ageing populations. As you may have heard, when we age our bones begin to lose their density. This can cause bones to become weak and break easily, so manganese is important to make sure we are ingesting enough of as we get older.

Copper is a very vital mineral that every part of the body needs in order to function. Why, you might ask? Because copper helps our bodies make red blood cells, keep our nerve cells healthy and support our immune system. Copper also helps our body form collagen, absorb iron from the food we eat and assists in energy production. That sounds like a super important mineral to me!

Now, you may be thinking, “why on earth do I care about fiber?” But worry not, I am about to explain about the different types of fiber, and why you should care.

Soluble Fiber is like the police force of the body. This type of fiber attaches itself to cholesterol particles in the body and helps them to be removed when we visit the restroom. This is very important because it helps to reduce the body’s overall cholesterol levels, which can be a contributing factor to heart disease.

Insoluble fiber can be thought of like a massive sponge in the large intestines. This type of fiber draws in water and helps regulate the movement of food through our intestines. So if you are having problems going to the restroom, then the insoluble fiber in prunes can help.

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