Fitness Videos

TRX Reverse Lunge for Lower Body Strength and Balance

Hello and welcome to another episode of Fey Fitness! In today’s video we will learn how to do a reverse lunge using TRX straps. This move is great for an intermediate fitness enthusiast, or someone who wants to incorporate more balance and stability moves into their routine.

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Why Do a TRX Lunge?

  • A reverse lunge is a low-impact lower body exercise. Meaning that when you perform this exercise with good form there is little pressure exerted on your knee joints.
  • It works the entire lower body. By lowering and raising your body through the motions of the lunge you work your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, core and low back.
  • Lunges work your balance and stability. When lowering and raising yourself in a reverse lunge your back leg has to balance on the ball of your foot and the front leg balances on the heel of the foot, this causes the body to engage stabilizer muscles and balance itself while in a position that might be new to you. Thus, your overall balance and stability will increase and lead to better mobility in your everyday life outside of the gym.
  • As long as you are breathing throughout the exercise the heart rate should stay within a safe range and you can perform this exercise even if you live with Atrial Fibrillation.
  • 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.

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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Advanced Side Plank with Leg Abduction and the Magic Circle for Total Body Fitness!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do an advance level total body exercise called a Side Plank. What makes this move advanced is the addition of a single leg lift and using a Magic Circle to activate the lower and upper body more intensely than a side plank alone.

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 with Leg Abduction or a Magic Circle?

  • The leg lift 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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Intermediate Balance Challenge Lunges with Variations

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level leg exercise with a fun balance challenge. This is a fun way to work the lower body, learn functional mobility, and improve our balance.

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Why Do a Lunge Lift?
• A lunge is a low-impact lower body exercise. Meaning that when you perform this exercise with good form there is little pressure exerted on your knee joints.
• It works the entire lower body. By lowering and raising your body through the motions of the lunge you work your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, core and low back.
• Normal lunges work your balance and stability. When lowering and raising yourself in a lunge your back leg has to balance on the ball of your foot and the front leg balances on the heel of the foot, this causes the body to engage stabilizer muscles and balance itself while in a position that might be new to you. Thus, your overall balance and stability will increase and lead to better mobility in your everyday life outside of the gym.
• As long as you are breathing throughout the exercise the heart rate should stay within a safe range and you can perform this exercise even if you live with Atrial Fibrillation.
• Lifting one leg or rotating the core of the body is a great way to work on functional mobility and increase the balance challenge of the move. By adding a Magic Circle or other prop this will challenge your body even more to add to the difficulty of the move.

In case we need a refresher on how to perform a stationary lunge, here is a step by step guide.

How to Perform a Stationary Lunge:
1. Stand tall on a yoga mat or other surface that is level and won’t hurt your feet.
2. Step backwards into a wide stance with one leg in front of your body and the other leg behind you. NOTE: Always keep both feet pointed forwards throughout the exercise.
3. With the leg in front of you, keep the weight of your body on the heel of that foot. For the leg extended behind you, keep the weight of your body on the ball of that foot.
4. Keep both sides of the hip pointed forward and in line with the rest of your body.
5. Tighten the core to keep your upper body nice and straight throughout the exercise. Keep your chest up and look straight ahead.
6. Engage the quad of your rear leg to lower yourself down until your front knee is bent at a 90 degree angle.
7. Now engage the front quad and push through the heel of your front foot to bring your body up and back to the starting position.
8. It’s that easy! Now repeat this motion in the same position for 10-15 reps, then switch the positions of your legs and repeat steps 1-7 on the other side.

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 YouTube channel 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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Intermediate Bosu Ball Push Ups

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

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Why Do a Bosu Ball Pushup?

  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Bosu Ball Pushups are more advanced forms of a pushup because they require more core, pec, shoulder and tricep 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.

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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Advanced Reverse Crunch Ab and Leg Exercise

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level core and also leg exercise that you can use with resistance bands or a Pilates springboard. Please be sure to follow the instructions in this video very carefully as this is an advanced level move and I want to keep you safe while performing this exercise.

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Why Do Core Work with Resistance Bands?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The hip adductors and quadriceps will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
  • CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! A strong core also helps us with the rest of our fitness lives. A well-conditioned core helps keep us steady and our posture safe during weighted squats, during an Arnold Press, or when performing back exercises.

 How to Perform Core and Leg Work with Bands:

  1. Lay down on your back with your shoulders rolled back and your shoulder blades firmly planted on the ground beneath you.
  2. Move your hips into either neutral or imprint, depending on what feels best for you.
  3. Knit the ribs down and inward to engage your deep core muscles.
  4. When you are ready, bring both legs up into table top and place the resistance bands (or Pilates roll down bar) around the arches of your feet.
  5. Slowly extend your legs to the center of the room, or perform a straight leg lower and lift, then bring the hips up into a reverse crunch or short spine.
  6. Moving just as slow, return the starting position.
  7. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and for 3 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

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Intermediate Ab Roll Ups (with Variations for Advancement)

*Sorry for the late posting. My internet was being weird all day today.*

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level core exercise that I like to call a Roll Up.

Why Do a Roll Up?
• 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.
• CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! A strong core also helps us with the rest of our fitness lives. A well-conditioned core helps keep us steady and our posture safe during weighted squats, during an Arnold Press, or when performing back exercises.
• This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.

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How to Perform a Roll Up:
1. Lay down on your back with your legs straight on the floor (for a beginner), bent in table top (for intermediate), or extended straight at a 45degree angle (for advanced).
2. Tuck your chin slightly to protect your neck and bring your hands up to point towards the ceiling above your shoulders.
3. As you exhale, articulate up one spinal vertebra at a time until you are completely seated.
4. Roll down slowly in the same manner of articulation until you are flat on your back again.
5. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps. 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 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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Advanced Upper body and Core Dip ‘n Lift for a Stronger You!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level upper body AND core exercise that I call the Dip ‘N Lift. This move does require access to a Pilates reformer, so let’s explore how to use this piece of equipment for some great upper body and abdominal benefits!

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Why Do a Dip ‘N Lift?

  • Tricep dips and ab curls really work that core! The entire abdominal cavity needs to be strong and engaged in order to keep you in this position, so you are strengthening your tummy for a sexy summer body.
  • 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.
  • CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! CORE STRENGTH! A strong core also helps us with the rest of our fitness lives. A well-conditioned core helps keep us steady and our posture safe during weighted squats, during an Arnold Press, or when performing back exercises.
  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Tricep Dips are some of my favorite upper body exercises because they require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement. This leads to better functional mobility in our everyday lives outside the gym!
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body.

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How to Perform a Dip ‘N Lift:

  1. Sit on top of the footbar with your hands firmly beside you and your knuckles facing the same direction as your gaze.
  2. Place your heels against the carriage of the reformer and press out to straighten the legs.
  3. Sit up tall and engage your core.
  4. When you are ready, use your upper body to lift yourself off the footbar and perform a tricep dip down into the front well of the reformer.
  5. Press yourself back up to a straight arm position, then use your core to “scoop” your spine up and over the footbar while the booty lifts to the sky. Your abs are the main mover for this and will be able to pull you up and backwards.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps. 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 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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