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Stronger Back Series: Single Arm Bent Over Cable Machine Rows

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In today’s Stronger Back Series I will be teaching you how to do a beginner level back exercise called a Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row. Don’t let the ridiculously long name scare you away, this exercise is amazing for people of any fitness level to work on their back. However, I especially like having beginners use this exercise as the machine itself provides placement for your legs and arms- thus taking all of the guesswork out of maintaining proper form so you can focus on engaging your latissimus dorsi and other muscles.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row?

  • Using a cable machine allows you to achieve a greater range of motion and work the back muscles (in this case the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, lower traps and erector spinae) more effectively.
  • Breaking the exercise up and focusing on one side at a time allows for intense focus to each side of your back individually, so beginners can feel the muscles engaging throughout the movement to work on form and efficiency of movement.
  • Using a machine provides beginner level placement points for the legs and arms- thus taking all of the guesswork out of maintaining proper form so the user can focus on engaging the latissimus dorsi and other muscles.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row:

  1. Place your right knee and shin on the lower bench of the machine.
  2. Bend forward with a straight back and rest your right forearm on the higher arm rest. Optionally, if the machine has a handle for your right hand, feel free to grasp it for extra stability.
  3. Roll the shoulders down and back. Keep them from creeping up towards the ear during the exercise to maintain proper form and engage the correct muscles.
  4. Use your left hand to grasp the handle on the cable. Engage your latissimus dorsi and use this muscle to draw the cable up towards your torso. PRO TIP: You may feel some tension in your arm as these muscles engage to hang on to the hand grip.
  5. Pause at the top of the movement before slowly releasing the cable back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for 12-15 reps before switching side to repeat steps 1-5 on the other side of the body.
  7. Continue for 3 sets.

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

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Wide Grip Lat Pull-Down: Strong Back Series

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STRONGER BACK SERIES:

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today we are continuing with the Stronger Back Series by learning how to properly strengthen our back muscles with a Standard Wide Grip Lat Pull Down. I’m calling this a Standard Lat Pull Down because there are oodles of variations on the basic Lat Pull Down, and I plan on outlining those variations in later videos/blogs, but for today I wanted to teach you how to do this basic foundational movement.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

Why Do a Standard Lat Pull Down?

  • A Standard Lat Pull Down will work a majority of back muscles, with a focus on the Latissimus Dorsi (also known as “lat” muscles. The lat muscles are vital to back health because they connect the spine, pelvis, ribs, scapula and upper arm. These muscles work by adducting, rotating and extending the arms through a full range of motion. They are also responsible for moving the arms back and down towards the hips.
  • The lat muscles act as stabilizers in many other exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Our lats also protect our spine during exercises such as these.
  • By performing this exercise you can work: the Teres Minor, Infraspinatus, Teres Major, Posterior Deltoid, middle and lower Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Brachii, Brachialis and Brachioradialis. That’s a whole mouthful of muscles! So put simply, the Standard Lat Pull Down will work almost all back muscles and some muscles in your arms. Working all of these muscles at once will give you a big bang for your buck in terms of maximizing the efficiency of your upper body workouts and making sure you are hitting many different muscles during this compound movement to improve your holistic fitness lifestyle.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Standard Lat Pull Down:

  1. Sit on the machine with knees hips width apart and feet firmly planted on the ground.
  2. Grab onto the bar with your palms facing away from the body and your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart.
  3. Sit up nice and straight with your shoulders rolled back and down, away from your ears.
  4. As you exhale, engage the lat muscles and use them to slowly bring the bar to your chest. PRO TIP: It’s perfectly normal to feel tension in your arms, they are working to grasp the bar and the biceps are secondary movers in this exercise.
  5. Once the bar is at your chest, slowly raise the bar until your arms are straight and back in the starting position.
  6. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps for 3 sets.

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

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Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row: Strong Back Series

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am starting a new series on strengthening our back muscles by teaching you how to do a beginner level back exercise called a Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row. Don’t let the ridiculously long name scare you away, this exercise is amazing for people of any fitness level to work on their back.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row?

  • Using dumbbells allows you to achieve a greater range of motion and work the back muscles (in this case the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, lower traps and erector spinae) more effectively.
  • Breaking the exercise up and focusing on one side at a time allows for intense focus to each side of your back individually, so beginners can feel the muscles engaging throughout the movement to work on form and efficiency of movement.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row:

  1. Find a flat, sturdy bench and place your right knee and right hand on that surface. Your back will be straight and parallel to the ground.
  2. Using your left arm, grasp a dumbbell keeping your palm facing inward towards your body.
  3. Keeping your arm close to the body, use your back muscles to draw the left arm up towards your core. Keep the shoulders rolled back and down away from your ears to prevent injury.
  4. With the back muscles still tightly engaged, slowly lower the dumbbell downwards until the arm is completely straight. This is one repetition.
  5. Repeat this motion 15 times with the left arm before switching to repeat Steps 1-4 on the right side.
  6. Continue for 3 sets.

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

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Ladybug, Ladybug Let’s Strengthen That Core!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level core exercise called a Ladybug. Well, this exercise is normally called a Dead Bug, but I really dislike this name and decided to rename it to something less…gross. This exercise is great because it is an anti-extension exercise, which means this type of exercise works to protect the back.

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Ladybug?

  • By tensing your core muscles you keep the back in proper position to protect it during abdominal exercise. So basically, you are working your abs while keeping the back safe.
  • Performing this movement helps correct the pelvic tilt seen in people who sit for long periods of time.
  • Lumbo-hip-pelvic stabilizer muscles are also engaged to strengthen the hips and protect the back.
  • 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.

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How to Perform a Ladybug:

  1. Start off by laying on your back on a comfortable surface.
  2. Bring your legs up so your knees are directly above your hip bones and the knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Your calves and feet will be parallel to the floor.
  3. Raise your arms so that they are straight up above your shoulders and your fingertips are reaching towards the ceiling. PRO TIP: To make this exercise harder, try holding a ball or other weighted object in your hands.
  4. Extend your right leg straight out and parallel to the ground. Keep the left leg in the starting position, as well as your arms.
  5. Bring the right leg back to the starting position and repeat the motion described in Step 4 with the left leg.
  6. Repeat this motion 15-20 times for 3 sets.

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

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No Video This Week: Fey Has No Voice!

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Hello and welcome to the Tuesday episode of Fey Fitness!

Unfortunately, while I’m feeling much better than last week, my voice is still funky and it hurts to talk. So with that in mind I won’t be publishing a fitness video today.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes and your patience while I recover from this illness. It’s wonderful to have such amazing followers and I can’t wait to see you all again next week when my voice is back.

Cheers,

Fey

P.S. 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!

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No Video Today: Fey is Sick!

Hello and welcome everyone to what would normally be a Fey Fitness video. Unfortunately, I am very sick today and can’t film an exercise video for you all. Don’t worry, as soon as I am feeling better I will be back in the studio filming another great workout for you all.

Until then, have a lovely day!

Cheers,

Fey

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P.S. 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!

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Side Plank Toe Taps for Total Body Fitness!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level total body exercise called the Side Plank Toe Tap. You will need a soft surface to place your elbow on (like carpet or a yoga mat) and something to lightly tap your foot against, but other than those two items this exercise is very simple to perform!

In the following video I will demonstrate several variations you can use to make this exercise easier or harder depending on your fitness level and goals. However, if you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to further customize this workout for you!

Also, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Side Plank Toe Tap?

  • The toe tap portion of this exercise really works the gluteus medius. This is the abductor muscle that forms the outside edge of your booty and outside of your hip. So by working and strengthening this muscle you are increasing the functionality of your hips and lower body, and also developing a more rounded booty- to me that’s a win-win!
  • Your glutes (booty) are responsible for moving your hips and thighs, so these muscles need to be strong and healthy enough to provide functional and sport mobility. For example, climbing up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or playing basketball.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Side planks are wonderful for the quadratus lumborum, a core muscle that comprises part of the posterior abdominal wall and has an important role in averting back pain.
  • In addition, the rest of your core muscles get a great workout from being in a side plank as they have to work harder to keep you stabilized and balanced than when in a traditional face down plank position.
  • Lastly, side planks on either your hands or elbows mean that you need to balance on one arm. Which is a fabulous pose for strengthening your shoulders and arms.

How to Perform a Side Plank Toe Tap:

  1. Begin on the floor laying on your side with your hips, legs and feet stacked on top of one another. Come up onto your left elbow and bring your upper body and hips off the ground. Keep a straight line from the top of your head down your spine to your feet.
  2. Raise your right leg up and forward to lightly tap it on the ground (for a beginner) or on the top of a medicine ball (for more advanced users).
  3. Return the right leg to its starting position on top of the left leg.
  4. That is one repetition.
  5. Repeat this motion for 15-20 reps, then roll over and perform this movement on the other leg.
  6. Repeat this motion on the other side for 15-20 reps, and for 3 sets per leg.

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

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