Fitness Videos

Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction for Greater Range of Motion and Strength

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level thigh adduction exercise I call a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction. I know, the name isn’t very creative, but it tells you exactly what we are going to do. And that is really work those inner thighs!

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Why Do a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction?

  • 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.

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 How to Perform a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction:

  1. Stand up tall with one foot on a furniture glider or Pilates reformer. Keep the other foot firmly plants on a solid, stable surface such as the floor or wooden frame of a reformer.
  2. Move the foot on the glider laterally (to the side) as far as you can while still keeping your adductor muscles engaged.
  3. When you reach the end of your range of motion, slowly draw your legs back together using your adductor muscles.
  4. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat on the other leg 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.

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!

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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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

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Calm Shell for Outer Thighs and IT Bands

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level hip abduction and IT Band workout called a Banded Clam Shell. This exercise is named as such because when you are performing the movement your legs look like a clam shell opening and closing. Banded Clam Shells are amazing for improving leg mobility and reducing pain or stiffness in conditions such as patellofemoral pain syndrome.

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 Banded Clam Shell?

  • The clam shell 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.

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How to Perform a Banded Clam Shell:

  1. Begin on the floor laying on your side with your hips, legs and feet stacked on top of one another and a band wrapped around your thighs between 2-3 inches above the knees.
  2. Bend the knees to approximately a 45-60 degree angle.
  3. Engage your core and keep your feet together as you raise the top thigh to the ceiling or sky slowly and in a controlled manner. Note: Keeping the feet together will create a hinge motion and your legs will resemble a clam opening up- hence the name.
  4. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds before slowly lowering the leg back to the starting position.
  5. After 15-20 reps, roll over and perform this movement on the other leg.
  6.  Repeat this motion 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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Beginner Hamstring Roll-Ins on a Stability Ball

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level hamstring and glute workout called a Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In. I know it’s a mouthful to say, but don’t worry, it’s an easy exercise that is well worth your time! In addition to working the back of your legs and booty, this exercise is perfect for increasing your balance and stability- which leads to better functional mobility in your everyday life.

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 Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In?
• The Hamstrings are responsible for much of the stabilization of the knee. So we want strong hamstrings to protect our knees from injury or strain.
• Our hamstrings are responsible for knee flexion and extension. Meaning, they help the knee move through a full range of motion.
• These muscles are built for speed. They help athletes stop suddenly, then change direction and run again. So anyone playing a sport that requires quick stops and sudden acceleration needs a healthy and strong hamstring.
• 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.
• 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.

How to Perform a Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In:
1. Begin on the floor laying on your back with your feet positioned on the stability ball so that when your legs are extended straight out your ankles and heels are resting on the ball.
2. Raise your hips off of the ground, keeping your weight on your shoulder blades and your feet. This should form a straight line from your heels to your shoulders by keeping your back straight and your core engaged. PRO TIP: Keep your arms outstretched on either side of your body with your palms facing the ceiling to balance yourself better.
3. Use your hamstrings and glutes to pull the ball towards your bottom (booty) as far as you can while keep your hips as high as possible in the air.
4. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds before rolling the legs back to the starting position outlined in Step 2.
5. Repeat Steps 2-4 for 15-20 reps and 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 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
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Leg Day Challenge: The Baby Deer

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I have a challenge for you all! The Baby Deer is a leg day burnout that I’ve been having my clients perform recently, and they’ve really loved it. So I thought I would extend the offer to you all to perform this lower body challenge as well to see how you liked it.

Why is it called a Baby Deer? Because after you complete this challenge your legs will be so tired that you will walk like a baby deer learning how to walk for the first time! It’s a challenge that sounds so simple, yet is killer for the legs.

Why do a Wall Squat? Wall Squats are the perfect exercise for someone with knee injuries or heart conditions, as it is easy on the knee joint and low impact on the heart so as not to complicate cardiac conditions. This bodyweight movement will not place undue stress on the knee joint like a normal squat can do, so individuals recovering from knee injuries, tightness, or pain are able to perform this exercise with much greater ease than a normal bodyweight squat.

However, if you have questions about your knee safety, please consult with your physician and feel free to message me for information more specific to your situation. Further, this move does require a sturdy wall or other vertical surface, so in order to perform this exercise you will need to find a portion of your home that has enough space for this particular movement.

Moreover, squat holds are an isometric exercise where the leg muscles are activated and working hard- but you never have to move a muscle! This means you can still get good gains from this movement, without bending the knee and aggravating old knee injuries. Simply come down into a normal squat and hold this position for as long as you can. It’s really that easy to work your 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 Baby Deer Challenge?
• Wall Squats and Squat Holds strengthen the muscles of the entire leg. Our leg muscles are some of the largest muscle groups in the body, so by working your legs you are creating one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories and build strong muscles!
• When you perform these two exercises you build lower body muscles, and help your muscles work more efficiently, by building neuro-muscular connections. This means that you will be able to move more efficiently in the real world doing your normal, everyday tasks.
• 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 will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.

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How to Perform a Baby Deer:
1. Begin by performing 60 Wall Squats.
2. Then immediately come into a low squat and hold this position for between 1-3 minutes. Start off with 1 minute for beginners and increase your time in the squat position according to your level of physical fitness.
3. And you’re done! Now try walking! 🙂

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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Wall Squats: Body Weight Exercise for Knee Injuries

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level leg exercise called a Wall Squat. Wall Squats are the perfect exercise for someone with knee injuries or heart conditions, as it is easy on the knee joint and low impact on the heart so as not to complicate cardiac conditions. This bodyweight movement will not place undue stress on the knee joint like a normal squat can do, so individuals recovering from knee injuries, tightness, or pain are able to perform this exercise with much greater ease than a normal bodyweight squat. However, if you have questions about your knee safety, please consult with your physician and feel free to message me for information more specific to your situation.

The move does require a sturdy wall or other vertical surface, so in order to perform this exercise you will need to find a portion of your home that has enough space for this particular 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!

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Why Do a Wall Squat?

  • Wall Squats strengthen the muscles of the entire leg. Our leg muscles are some of the largest muscle groups in the body, so by working your legs you are creating one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories and build strong muscles!
  • When you perform wall squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently by building neuro-muscular connections. This means that you will be able to move more efficiently in the real world doing your normal, everyday tasks.
  • 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 will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.

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How to Perform a Wall Squat:

  1. While on your hands and knees, place your feet flat against a sturdy vertical surface like a wall.
  2. Bring your hands directly under your shoulders.
  3. Press your feet flat against the wall and raise your knees off the ground 1-3 inches. This will be your starting position.
  4. Slowly raise your booty to the ceiling and straighten your legs.
  5. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds before slowly lowering yourself back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat this motion 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

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

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Kneeling Hip Thrust: Beginner and Mobility Issue Approved Exercise!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level hamstring and glute exercise I call a Kneeling Hip Thrust. This exercise is perfect for individuals with mobility issues who have trouble getting on and off the floor from laying on their back. Our active aging populations and injured athletes can also benefit from this exercise as well.

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 Kneeling Hip Thrust Exercise?

  • The Hamstrings are responsible for much of the stabilization of the knee. So we want strong hamstrings to protect our knees from injury or strain.
  • Our hamstrings are responsible for knee flexion and extension. Meaning, they help the knee move through a full range of motion.
  • These muscles are built for speed. They help athletes stop suddenly, then change direction and run again. So anyone playing a sport that requires quick stops and sudden acceleration needs a healthy and strong hamstring.
  • 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.

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How to Perform a Kneeling Hip Thrust:

  1. Get a yoga mat or other soft surface.
  2. Hold a dumbbell or weight plate near your chest so the weight is evenly distributed across your upper body and close enough so you aren’t unbalanced or putting strain on your arms. Roll your shoulders back and down so you are comfortably holding the weight.
  3. Sit on your knees and feet.
  4. When you are ready, engage your hamstrings and glutes to bring your body up and forward. Try to imagine a straight line from the top of your head to your knees.
  5. Tighten the glutes as much as you are able and hold his position for one to two seconds.
  6. Return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat this motion 15 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

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FeyFitness

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