Fitness Videos

Intermediate Alternating Arm Raise Planks

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called an Alternating Arm Raise 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. Be sure to focus on maintaining a neutral spine and engaging your abdominal muscles to really keep those hips steady and still while you raise one arm at a time out in front of you.

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Why Do an Alternating Arm Raise Plank?
• 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.
• 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!

How to Perform an Alternating Arm Raise Plank:
1. Find a yoga mat or carpeted surface to plank.
2. Come up into a plank with a strong core and neutral hip alignment.
3. Lift one arm at a time and extend it out straight in front of you.
4. Return that arm to the starting position and repeat on the other arm.
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 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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Beginner Ab Exercises with Resistance Bands or Pilates Reformer

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level core exercise that you can use with resistance bands or a Pilates reformer.

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Why Do a Core Work with 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.

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 How to Perform Core 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 straps) around your thighs between knee and hip height.
  5. Slowly extend your legs to the center of the room, or perform a straight leg lower and lift.
  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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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

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

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Advanced Plank for Abs and Core

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! It’s so good to be back making fitness content for you all! I missed you guys and can’t wait to dive back into making great health and wellness videos for our community. In this video we are exploring an advanced level core exercise that I call an Advanced Ab Plank.

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Why Do an Advanced Ab Plank?

  • Planks 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.
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How to Perform an Advanced Ab Plank:

  1. Sit on top of the Exo Chair and place your toes/balls of the feet on the pedal of the chair.
  2. Press the pedal to the ground and secure the heels of your feet onto the wooden portion of the pedal.
  3. Stand up and then forward fold to place your hands on the ground and inchworm yourself out into a plank position (NOTE: Your heels will naturally lift off the pedal and this is ok, we only want the toes/balls of the feet on the pedal).
  4. Engage your transverse abdominis muscles to pull the feet 1-6” up into the air lifting the pedal off the ground.
  5. Use your transverse abdominis muscles to lower the pedal back to the start position.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps. Be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

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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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Fitness Videos · My Life

June Channel Update! (Moving, Travel and More)

Hello everyone and welcome to what would normally be a Fey Fitness video. As you may remember from previous videos, I have a lot going on in my personal life right now and as a result I am going to take the entire month of June off from making fitness videos.

This doesn’t mean this channel is in trouble of being abandoned or forgotten, but I have a few major life changes going on this month that are zapping all of my time and energy. So to get my private life settled I am taking a break from positing fitness videos until I can find that balance again in July.

For anyone curious, during the month of June I am:
Moving into my own apartment
Helping coordinate an annual Pilates conference
Working seven (7) days a week with about 50 hours each week in work

All of this means I barely have enough time to sleep and eat, and filming/editing videos is just not an option right now.

Thank you all for your patience and I’ll see you back in July!

Cheers,
Fey

Fitness Videos

Intermediate Plank Knee Pull Ins

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called a Plank Knee Pull In. 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. If you find your shoulders feeling weak or aching as you perform this exercise, you can always place your hands on a sturdy, elevated surface such as a chair, bench or coffee table to keep the upper body elevated off the ground and make the move easier.

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Why Do a Plank Knee Pull In?
• 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!

How to Perform a Plank Knee Pull In:
1. Grab two furniture gliders or fitness gliders and place one under each foot.
2. Come up into a plank.
3. Moving at the same time, bring both knees in to your chest.
4. Trying to move seamlessly, and keeping the rest of the body still, extend the feet back out 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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Intermediate Pilates Core Exercise: Airplane

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called Airplane in Pilates. This exercise is amazing for your abdominals, obliques and erector spinae 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 Airplane?

  • Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and obliques 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.
  • 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.

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How to Perform Airplane:

  1. Sit on a box or other elevated, solid surface.
  2. Place the outer leg under a heavy strap or against a solid surface to brace yourself against and feel safe.
  3. Keeping your hips and spine in a neutral alignment, place your hands in your hair. PRO TIP: Never place your hands on your head, as you may tug or pull on your head and hurt your cervical spine (neck).
  4. Side bend over to your full range of motion.
  5. Rotate your thoracic cavity away from the leg in the strap while keeping your neutral spinal alignment.
  6. Optional: Open the arms wide like an airplane.
  7. Use your core to slowly return yourself back to the starting position.
  8. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and then switch to the other side to balance yourself out. Be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.
  1. 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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