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Snowmageddon At Home Upper Body Workout

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Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Snowmageddon is officially upon us where I live, with most of the people I know have been stuck at home for several days now. Even while I write this it is continuing to snow outside, so it doesn’t look like the end is in sight for us quite yet. With that in mind, some friends of mine have asked for a simple workout they can do at home to keep themselves in shape until the sled dog teams can come rescue us and take us to the local gym. So I decided to do things a little different this week and provide everyone with a simple upper body workout anyone can do at home with a chair and a dumbbell.

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Why Do an Upper Body Workout?

  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Single arm chest presses 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.
  • Working just one side of the body at a time allows you an opportunity to really focus on form and bodily awareness. So you can perfect your technique before complicating things by adding another arm into the mix.
  • 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.

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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Stronger Back Series: Supinated Grip Low Row

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring another beginner level back exercise called a Supinated Grip Low Row. Don’t worry, just because it is a mouthful to say doesn’t mean it is hard to do!

Why Do a Supinated Narrow Grip Low Row?

  • A Supinated l Grip Banded Pull-Up will work a majority of back muscles, including 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 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.
  • A supinated grip low row is a good movement for shoulder girdle health and for promoting balance in horizontal pulling and pushing. This is of great importance to those of us who love the bench press.

 How to Perform a Supinated Narrow Grip Low Row:

  1. Sit in front of the Low Row Machine with a straight posture and your feet planted firmly on the foot rests.
  2. Grasp a bar shaped handle with your palms facing the ceiling. Roll the shoulders back and down. This is your starting position.
  3. As you exhale, use the back muscles to pull the handle towards your sternum slowly.
  4. Pause for a second or two, then inhale as you slowly release the handles back to the starting position.
  5. 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

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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

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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

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Bent Over Barbell Row With Arm Twist For Back And Spine Health

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will demonstrate how to perform a bent over barbell row using dumbbells. I love row exercises. There are oodles of variations you can do to achieve a ton of different outcomes, all dependent on your fitness goals.

For example, seated rows or bent over dumbbell rows are amazing for your back, and getting those sexy V-shaped muscles we see on professional bodybuilders. But it’s more than just looks, rows can help strengthen the erector spinae to help keep your spine strong and healthy- which reduces your chances of getting injured while working out or playing a sport.

Rows are also great for improving the functionality of your everyday life. Think of all the times you need to bend over and pick something up, or get a heavy box down from the top shelf in your closet. Having strong spinal muscles are important to keeping yourself safe while performing these everyday moments.

Some of the main varieties of rows are:

  • Seated
  • Bent Over
  • Yates
  • Pendlay

And some common grips are:

  • Narrow
  • Wide
  • Reverse Narrow
  • Reverse Wide

As you can imagine, changing the stance or grip will affect which muscle groups become the main focus of the exercise. So today we are going to look at a normal grip bent over dumbbell row.

Whew! That was a mouthful to say.

I love bent over dumbbell rows because it allows me to really hone in on my back muscles. The muscles you will be working out for this exercise are: the latissimus dorsi (the middle portion), the rhomboids, the lower trapezius, the biceps brachii and the erector spinae.

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What Grip Should You Use For Rows?

Unfortunately, as you’ve heard before with other health and fitness questions, it depends on your goals. The grip you use, and the width of that grip, will determine which sections of muscles will be the focus of your exercise. If your goal is to have a broad, wide back that is very well defined, then I recommend narrow grip rows. However, if your focus is a healthy spine and good posture, then wide grip rows would be the way to go.

Or, you can be an all-star and do both! There’s nothing saying you can’t do narrow grip rows one day, then wide grips row on your next back training day. But remember, the amount of total weight you will be able to move could be less when you are doing wide-grip versus with a narrow grip, so don’t let that discourage you.

Next let’s talk about what I call “normal” grip versus reverse grip rows. A “normal” grip is when the exterior of your hand faces outward, and your palms are facing your body. This is the most common type of grip you will see at your local gym, or if you Google this term. Generally speaking, when we talk about the muscles used with this type of grip we are looking at the latissimus dorsi (the outer portion), the middle and upper trapezius muscles and the erector spinae. All of which are great muscles to work for a strong and defined back.

Now let’s look at the reverse grip. This grip has the palms facing outward with the exterior of the hand facing in the direction of your body. The muscles that are generally being worked here are the latissimus dorsi (note that it is the middle portion now being worked), the rhomboids, the lower trapezius, the biceps brachii and the erector spinae. See how we are working different portions of the same muscles? This is why you can do rows one way for one workout, then vary the grip and get a completely different outcome from another workout.

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Muscles Used: latissimus dorsi (middle portion), rhomboids, lower trapezius, biceps brachii, erector spinae

  1. Come into an athletic stance with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Pick up the dumbbells with your hands shoulder-width apart in an overhand grip (where your palms face your body).
  3. Bend forward at the hip so you have a nice straight spine and your arms are hanging straight down from your shoulders.
  4. Pull the dumbbells toward your sternum by raising the elbows up and back and rotating your hands so that the dumbbells are now parallel to one another and your palms are facing your core. Squeeze your shoulder blades together behind you as the weight is raised.
  5. When the ends of the dumbbell touch your sternum, pause for a second or two before you slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position. When you return to the starting position be sure to not lock your elbows, just keep the arms straight.
  6. Repeat this movement 10-15 times for 3 sets.

Pro Tip: Never let gravity take over as the weight descends. This is how people get injured and have negative impressions of a row exercise. Keep the muscles engaged and strong through the downward portion of the move so it remains as smooth as it was on the upward motion.

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If you have Atrial Fibrillation, be sure to monitor how your heart is doing throughout this exercise. The movements shouldn’t spike your heart rate enough to cause an AFib episode, but still be aware of how you are feeling and stop if your heart starts beating erratically or skipping beats.

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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Single Arm Standing Cable Press for Back Health

 

Ah, the back. It may be one of the largest planes of the body, but it is often forgotten by many fitness enthusiasts. Why, you might ask? Mainly because it isn’t seen very often. When most people think of fit, lean bodies they think of the “showcase muscles“. Muscles such as the pecs, biceps, triceps, or anterior deltoids. These are the flashy muscles that are easy to show off in a t-shirt (and the easiest to take selfies of).

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However, there is merit in taking care of the back muscles. For one, your back is responsible for protecting your spine and giving you proper posture. Spinal health is very important to long-term wellness and functionality. Our spine helps us bend, twist and do just about any movement you can think of, so we need to keep it strong and mobile so we can enjoy bending down to play with our kids, or twisting to get groceries out of the trunk of the car when we’re older.

My goal is to help you not only reach your health and wellness goals, but to continue to set (and meet) new goals 20 or even 30 years from now! Fitness is a life long journey, and we need to make sure we are caring for our bodies throughout this amazing ride.

How To Perform A Single Arm Standing Cable Press:

  1. Get into an athletic stance with your knees over your shins and ankles and booty back like you are about to perform a squat.
  2. Tighten your core.
  3. Roll your shoulders down and back so you have good posture and the shoulder blades are tight against the spine. Hold the handle to the cable machine in your right hand.
    • Pro Tip: Imagine a string is attached at your elbow and is guiding the weight to you. This can help engage the back muscles better and not rely on the arm muscles to move the weight.
  4. Slowly bring the handle to your body using your back muscles and slowly release the weight until your arm is fully extended, but the shoulder is still rolled back and the shoulder blades are still against your back (no arching the shoulder blades or shoulder joint).
  5. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Perform 8-10 reps per side for 2-3 sets.

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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

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

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

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

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