Fitness Videos

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.

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Cheers,

Fey

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Laying Leg Raises for Strong Core and Hip Muscles!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness! Today I am showing you how to work both your core and hip flexors with one easy exercise.

This exercise is perfect for the beginner or those of us with heart conditions because it works the entire core without getting our heart rate too high. Plus, this exercise doesn’t require any additional weights to perform. The weight of your legs provides resistance that your muscles will need to overcome in order to lift them off the ground. The hip flexors are worked as the legs are lifted up off the ground, and then worked again as they are being lowered. To add intensity to this workout, once the legs are raised and at a 90 degree angle to your hips, use your core to pulse the hips up off the ground.

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How to Perform a Laying Leg Raise:

  1. Lie down on a yoga mat or soft carpet with your back flat and your legs straight.
  2. You can put your hands under your glutes with your palms down, or on the ground at your sides. Just do whatever feels the most natural and comfortable, because this will be your starting position.
  3. To perform this move, keep your legs extended and straight as you raise your legs up off the floor until they make a 90-degree angle with the floor and your hips.
    1. Pro Tip: To increase the intensity of the move, tighten your abs and lift your hips up off the ground while keeping your legs straight. Then return your hips to the ground.
  4. Finally, slowly lower your legs back down into the starting position.
  5. Repeat this motion for 15 reps and 3 sets.

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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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