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Reverse Mermaids for Core Strength and Flexibility!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level core exercise/stretch that is called a Reverse Mermaid. It’s a fantastic exercise that I’ve been loving lately and incorporating into the end of my client’s core workout days. The Reverse Mermaid is the sister move to the traditional Mermaid we learned about last week.

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Why Do a Reverse Mermaid?

  • 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.
  • Our transverse abdominal muscles are located deep within our core to assist us with breathing, and to keep our internal organs stable inside our abdominal cavity. These muscles also help protect our spine during movement.
  • The rectus abdominis muscle is our main showcase muscle when people talk about wanting sexy, toned abs. This muscle sits at the surface of our core and is what gives that “six pack” abs look to athletes. But our rectus abdominis does more than make us look like Grecian Gods, it allows us to flex our spine (bring our ribs closer to our hips), and stabilizes our core during movement or bending motions.
  • This movement helps you work on lateral obliques by lengthening and strengthening them. The lateral obliques are the the muscles that form our waistline. For most people, the lateral obliques don’t get used as much as they should, which causes the dreaded “love handles” for women or the “spare tire” around the middle for men.

 How to Perform a Reverse Mermaid:

  1. Sit with your right leg parallel to the wall beside you and the other leg parallel to the wall in front of you.
  2. Place your right hand on the floor, foot bar or other stable surface beside you. Keep the right hand about a fists width in front of your shoulder.
  3. As you exhale, bring your left arm up and over your head while your core muscles bend you over to the side as far as they can. Don’t use your right arm to support your body weight, keep the core engaged and let your ab muscles stabilize you. PRO TIP: Imagine your torso is between two sheets of glass. The goal is to bend to the side without leaning forward or backward.
  4. Pause for a second or two, then inhale as you slowly return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps on each side of the body 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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Fitness Videos

Mermaids for Core Strength and Flexibility!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level core exercise/stretch called a Mermaid. It’s a fantastic exercise that I’ve been loving lately and incorporating into the end of my client’s core workout days.

Why Do a Mermaid?

  • 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.
  • Our transverse abdominal muscles are located deep within our core to assist us with breathing, and to keep our internal organs stable inside our abdominal cavity. These muscles also help protect our spine during movement.
  • The rectus abdominis muscle is our main showcase muscle when people talk about wanting sexy, toned abs. This muscle sits at the surface of our core and is what gives that “six pack” abs look to athletes. But our rectus abdominis does more than make us look like Grecian Gods, it allows us to flex our spine (bring our ribs closer to our hips), and stabilizes our core during movement or bending motions.
  • This movement helps you work on lateral obliques by lengthening and strengthening them. The lateral obliques are the the muscles that form our waistline. For most people, the lateral obliques don’t get used as much as they should, which causes the dreaded “love handles” for women or the “spare tire” around the middle for men.

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 How to Perform a Mermaid:

  1. Sit with your right leg parallel to the wall beside you and the other leg parallel to the wall in front of you.
  2. Place your left hand on a ballet bar, foot bar or other stable surface beside you. Keep the left hand about a fists width in front of your shoulder.
  3. As you exhale, bring your right arm up and over your head while your core muscles bend you over to the side as far as they can. Don’t use your left arm to support your body weight, keep the core engaged and let your ab muscles stabilize you. PRO TIP:Imagine your torso is between two sheets of glass. The goal is to bend to the side without leaning forward or backward.
  4. Pause for a second or two, then inhale as you slowly return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps on each side of the body 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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Professional Development Opportunity!

Hello and welcome everyone to what would normally be another article in my nutrition series! Today I’ve got some good news, and some bad news.

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So let’s start with the good news. I’ve been awarded an opportunity through the studio I work at to take a professional Pilates instructor course! I am thrilled and feel so blessed to be given this amazing experience to progress my professional career as a trainer. This scholarship is only presented once a year to employees who show merit and a passion for fitness, so it was a dream come true to be given such a rare gift. It’s an amazing feeling, and one I am currently finding hard to put into words.

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However, here also comes the bad news. The program is very rigorous and involves some travel. The location for the training has no internet and is held once a month over a three to four day weekend. This means that I won’t be able to publish a nutrition blog one Friday a month for the next few months until I am finished with the program.

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Not to worry, the rest of the month will remain unscathed, and you can expect blog entries on the regularly scheduled time and format.

Thank you for your patience with this wonderful growth opportunity I’ve been blessed with, and I look forward to posting another entry next week as life returns to normal.

Cheers,

Fey

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Stronger Back Series: Single Arm Bent Over Cable Machine Rows

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In today’s Stronger Back Series I will be teaching you how to do a beginner level back exercise called a Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row. Don’t let the ridiculously long name scare you away, this exercise is amazing for people of any fitness level to work on their back. However, I especially like having beginners use this exercise as the machine itself provides placement for your legs and arms- thus taking all of the guesswork out of maintaining proper form so you can focus on engaging your latissimus dorsi and other 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 Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row?

  • Using a cable machine allows you to achieve a greater range of motion and work the back muscles (in this case the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, lower traps and erector spinae) more effectively.
  • Breaking the exercise up and focusing on one side at a time allows for intense focus to each side of your back individually, so beginners can feel the muscles engaging throughout the movement to work on form and efficiency of movement.
  • Using a machine provides beginner level placement points for the legs and arms- thus taking all of the guesswork out of maintaining proper form so the user can focus on engaging the latissimus dorsi and other muscles.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Single Arm Cable Machine Bent Over Row:

  1. Place your right knee and shin on the lower bench of the machine.
  2. Bend forward with a straight back and rest your right forearm on the higher arm rest. Optionally, if the machine has a handle for your right hand, feel free to grasp it for extra stability.
  3. Roll the shoulders down and back. Keep them from creeping up towards the ear during the exercise to maintain proper form and engage the correct muscles.
  4. Use your left hand to grasp the handle on the cable. Engage your latissimus dorsi and use this muscle to draw the cable up towards your torso. PRO TIP: You may feel some tension in your arm as these muscles engage to hang on to the hand grip.
  5. Pause at the top of the movement before slowly releasing the cable back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for 12-15 reps before switching side to repeat steps 1-5 on the other side of the body.
  7. Continue 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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Wide Grip Lat Pull-Down: Strong Back Series

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STRONGER BACK SERIES:

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today we are continuing with the Stronger Back Series by learning how to properly strengthen our back muscles with a Standard Wide Grip Lat Pull Down. I’m calling this a Standard Lat Pull Down because there are oodles of variations on the basic Lat Pull Down, and I plan on outlining those variations in later videos/blogs, but for today I wanted to teach you how to do this basic foundational 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!

Why Do a Standard Lat Pull Down?

  • A Standard Lat Pull Down will work a majority of back muscles, with a focus on the Latissimus Dorsi (also known as “lat” muscles. The lat muscles are vital to back health because they connect the spine, pelvis, ribs, scapula and upper arm. These muscles work by adducting, rotating and extending the arms through a full range of motion. They are also responsible for moving the arms back and down towards the hips.
  • The lat muscles act as stabilizers in many other exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Our lats also protect our spine during exercises such as these.
  • By performing this exercise you can work: the Teres Minor, Infraspinatus, Teres Major, Posterior Deltoid, middle and lower Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Brachii, Brachialis and Brachioradialis. That’s a whole mouthful of muscles! So put simply, the Standard Lat Pull Down will work almost all back muscles and some muscles in your arms. Working all of these muscles at once will give you a big bang for your buck in terms of maximizing the efficiency of your upper body workouts and making sure you are hitting many different muscles during this compound movement to improve your holistic fitness lifestyle.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Standard Lat Pull Down:

  1. Sit on the machine with knees hips width apart and feet firmly planted on the ground.
  2. Grab onto the bar with your palms facing away from the body and your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart.
  3. Sit up nice and straight with your shoulders rolled back and down, away from your ears.
  4. As you exhale, engage the lat muscles and use them to slowly bring the bar to your chest. PRO TIP: It’s perfectly normal to feel tension in your arms, they are working to grasp the bar and the biceps are secondary movers in this exercise.
  5. Once the bar is at your chest, slowly raise the bar until your arms are straight and back in the starting position.
  6. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps 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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Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row: Strong Back Series

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am starting a new series on strengthening our back muscles by teaching you how to do a beginner level back exercise called a Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row. Don’t let the ridiculously long name scare you away, this exercise is amazing for people of any fitness level to work on their back.

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 Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row?

  • Using dumbbells allows you to achieve a greater range of motion and work the back muscles (in this case the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, lower traps and erector spinae) more effectively.
  • Breaking the exercise up and focusing on one side at a time allows for intense focus to each side of your back individually, so beginners can feel the muscles engaging throughout the movement to work on form and efficiency of movement.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

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How to Perform a Single Arm Bent Over Dumbbell Row:

  1. Find a flat, sturdy bench and place your right knee and right hand on that surface. Your back will be straight and parallel to the ground.
  2. Using your left arm, grasp a dumbbell keeping your palm facing inward towards your body.
  3. Keeping your arm close to the body, use your back muscles to draw the left arm up towards your core. Keep the shoulders rolled back and down away from your ears to prevent injury.
  4. With the back muscles still tightly engaged, slowly lower the dumbbell downwards until the arm is completely straight. This is one repetition.
  5. Repeat this motion 15 times with the left arm before switching to repeat Steps 1-4 on the right side.
  6. Continue 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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No Video This Week: Fey Has No Voice!

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Hello and welcome to the Tuesday episode of Fey Fitness!

Unfortunately, while I’m feeling much better than last week, my voice is still funky and it hurts to talk. So with that in mind I won’t be publishing a fitness video today.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes and your patience while I recover from this illness. It’s wonderful to have such amazing followers and I can’t wait to see you all again next week when my voice is back.

Cheers,

Fey

P.S. 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!

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

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

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

Website: https://www.feyfitness.com

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