Fitness Videos

Advanced Side Plank with Leg Abduction and the Magic Circle for Total Body Fitness!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do an advance level total body exercise called a Side Plank. What makes this move advanced is the addition of a single leg lift and using a Magic Circle to activate the lower and upper body more intensely than a side plank alone.

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 with Leg Abduction or a Magic Circle?

  • The leg lift 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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Magic Circle Leg Workout

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level leg workout routine using a Magic Circle, or Fitness Ring. This exercise can be a great starting point for a beginner because it will work the total body, but have an emphasis on the legs and core. The main thing to remember is to keep your back as straight as possible to not put unnecessary pressure on your spine.

So with all that said, let’s dive into this exercise! With this workout you’re really getting a big bang for your buck. Plank and quadruped exercises work the abs, glutes, chest and back muscles. So this one exercise is a great way to hit several muscle groups at once! However, by adding in the addition of the Magic Circle we are targeting the glutes and legs to further enhance the muscle growth to these areas- and muscle growth means lean, toned and sexy muscles!

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Why Do a Magic Circle Leg Workout?

  • 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 workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.

My recommendation is to perform this exercise along with your lower body workout routine get the best results. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and I would be more than happy to answer them for you!

I love this exercise for the great benefits it brings to my arms, back, booty and hamstrings, but also because it doesn’t spike my heart rate and interfere with my Atrial Fibrillation. As long as you are breathing throughout the exercise the heart rate should stay within a safe range and you can easily perform this exercise without worry of having an Atrial Fibrillation episode.

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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Partner Planks for Intermediate Level Total Body Fitness!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise that you can do with a partner to mix up your workouts and keep it more interesting. The exercise on its own is called an Alternating Arm Raise 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. Be sure to focus on maintaining a neutral spine and engaging your abdominal muscles to really keep those hips steady and still while you raise one arm at a time out in front of you.

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Why Do an Alternating Arm Raise Plank?
• 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.
• 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 an Alternating Arm Raise Plank by Yourself:
1. Find a yoga mat or carpeted surface to plank.
2. Come up into a plank with a strong core and neutral hip alignment.
3. Lift one arm at a time and extend it out straight in front of you.
4. Return that arm to the starting position and repeat on the other arm.
5. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

Original video of this on how to perform a regular plank with alternating arm raise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9SOTyH2VPk&feature=youtu.be

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

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpoScU-E8cvdtO10FFCHaTg?view_as=subscriber

 

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Intermediate Total Body Resistance Band Exercise

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a total body move you can perform with resistance bands. The upper and lower body are moving independently for this exercise, so be sure to really focus on good form to perfect this movement.

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Why Do a Total Body Exercise?
• 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.
• 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. 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 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!

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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Intermediate Alternating Arm Raise Planks

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called an Alternating Arm Raise 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. Be sure to focus on maintaining a neutral spine and engaging your abdominal muscles to really keep those hips steady and still while you raise one arm at a time out in front of you.

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Why Do an Alternating Arm Raise Plank?
• 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.
• 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 an Alternating Arm Raise Plank:
1. Find a yoga mat or carpeted surface to plank.
2. Come up into a plank with a strong core and neutral hip alignment.
3. Lift one arm at a time and extend it out straight in front of you.
4. Return that arm to the starting position and repeat on the other arm.
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 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

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FeyFitness
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fey_fitness
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpoScU-E8cvdtO10FFCHaTg?view_as=subscriber

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Advanced Upper body and Core Dip ‘n Lift for a Stronger You!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an advanced level upper body AND core exercise that I call the Dip ‘N Lift. This move does require access to a Pilates reformer, so let’s explore how to use this piece of equipment for some great upper body and abdominal benefits!

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Why Do a Dip ‘N Lift?

  • Tricep dips and ab curls really work that core! The entire abdominal cavity needs to be strong and engaged in order to keep you in this position, so you are strengthening your tummy for a sexy summer body.
  • 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.
  • This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
  • Tricep Dips are some of my favorite upper body exercises because they require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement. This leads to better functional mobility in our everyday lives outside the gym!
  • Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body.

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How to Perform a Dip ‘N Lift:

  1. Sit on top of the footbar with your hands firmly beside you and your knuckles facing the same direction as your gaze.
  2. Place your heels against the carriage of the reformer and press out to straighten the legs.
  3. Sit up tall and engage your core.
  4. When you are ready, use your upper body to lift yourself off the footbar and perform a tricep dip down into the front well of the reformer.
  5. Press yourself back up to a straight arm position, then use your core to “scoop” your spine up and over the footbar while the booty lifts to the sky. Your abs are the main mover for this and will be able to pull you up and backwards.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps. 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 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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Advanced Plank for Abs and Core

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! It’s so good to be back making fitness content for you all! I missed you guys and can’t wait to dive back into making great health and wellness videos for our community. In this video we are exploring an advanced level core exercise that I call an Advanced Ab Plank.

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Why Do an Advanced Ab Plank?

  • Planks really work that core! The entire abdominal cavity needs to be strong and engaged in order to keep you in this position, so you are strengthening your tummy for a sexy summer body.
  • 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 an Advanced Ab Plank:

  1. Sit on top of the Exo Chair and place your toes/balls of the feet on the pedal of the chair.
  2. Press the pedal to the ground and secure the heels of your feet onto the wooden portion of the pedal.
  3. Stand up and then forward fold to place your hands on the ground and inchworm yourself out into a plank position (NOTE: Your heels will naturally lift off the pedal and this is ok, we only want the toes/balls of the feet on the pedal).
  4. Engage your transverse abdominis muscles to pull the feet 1-6” up into the air lifting the pedal off the ground.
  5. Use your transverse abdominis muscles to lower the pedal back to the start position.
  6. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps. Be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.

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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

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

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

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

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