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

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Fitness Videos

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

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Fitness Videos

Intermediate Lunges with a Foam Roller

Lunges are some of my favorite lower body exercises. They work the entire lower body and can be learned in under five (5) minutes. Additionally, the core gets a nice workout from keeping your upper body nice and straight during the descent in the lunge motion. Today’s lunge is a take on a basic stationary lunge, with a twist! We are using a foam roller under the reversed leg to add an element of instability to the move so we can also work on your balance and stability while working your legs.

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Why Do an Intermediate Lunge with a Foam Roller?

  • A Stationary 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 Stationary Lunge you work your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, core and low back.
  • These lunges work your balance and stability. When lowering and raising yourself in a Stationary Lunge your back leg has to balance on the foam roller 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.

How to Perform an Intermediate Lunge with a Foam Roller:

  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 on top of a foam roller.
  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 light so you don’t hurt your shin.
  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 both your front and your rear leg to lower yourself down as low as you can go with the foam roller moving up your shin on the reversed leg.
  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 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

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

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Fitness Videos

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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Fitness Videos

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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Cooking Shows

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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