Fitness Videos

Beginner Resistance Band Leg Exercises (Routine)

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level leg exercise routine. There are three different moves in this video, but all of them require being in a quadruped position to maximize lower body engagement.

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 various exercises, 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 This Leg Routine?
• 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 slight 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!

How to Perform These Exercises:
1. Come onto your hands and knees on a soft surface. Make sure your knees are directly under your hips and your hands are under your shoulders.
2. Keeping the core engaged and the back straight, and place a resistance band, or Pilates loop, around the arch of your foot.
3. For the first exercise, lower the foot straight down to a 90 degree angle with your hip and use your glutes and hamstrings to draw the leg straight up and out behind you.
4. Repeat for the desired number of reps on each side.
5. The second exercise requires opening the leg outward, away from the midline of the body, to bring the 90 degree straight leg parallel to the floor. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 in this new position.
6. The final exercise uses the same starting position as Step 5, but this time the leg will raise and lower vertically, rather than move along a horizontal axis.

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 my 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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Chest Lifts for Strong, Toned Abs

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today we are taking a little break from the Stronger Back Series to talk about our core. I was worried you all might be getting sick of back workouts and exercises, so here is an easy ab exercise you can do from the comfort of your own home.

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Why Do a Chest Lift?

  • 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.

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How to Perform a Chest Lift:

  1. Lay on a soft surface that won’t hurt your back with your knees bent and feet planted firmly on the floor. For a more advanced workout you can place your legs and feet in a table top position with the knees and hips at a 90 degree angle.
  2. For a beginner workout, place your hands gently behind your head and keep your elbows wide, but still in your peripheral vision. For more advanced versions your arms can be pointed straight up towards the ceiling, or kept parallel to the floor.
  3. Tuck your chin slightly to better stabilize the spine and neck.
  4. Engage your core and raise your sternum up and towards the sky. Try to raise yourself up off the floor enough so most of your shoulder blade is off the ground.
  5. As you exhale, slowly lower yourself back down into 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

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Fitness Videos

Enhance Your Core with Stability Ball Roll-Ins

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do an intermediate level core workout that will focus on balance and stability, in addition to strengthening your abs. This movement is called a Stability Ball Roll-In and it is a fun and challenging exercise! 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 Roll-In?

  • Using the stability ball (also called a yoga ball) forces the body to stabilize and balance itself during the exercise. This means you get better balance in your everyday life as a result of incorporating challenging exercises like this into your workout routine. Activities like climbing stairs, hiking and running are all improved from better balance and core strength.
  • Being on your hands for this exercise works both your arms and shoulder joints to make them stronger because they are holding up your bodyweight throughout the exercise. Think of it like doing a decline plank in this aspect.
  • The lower back gets a workout from the in and out motion of this exercise to help keep your core tight and engaged. A stronger lower back can reduce pain and the chances of injury when doing other exercises, like squats.
  • Finally, this exercise is amazing for your ab muscles! Using your core to balance, stabilize and bring the knees to your chest is an awesome workout that will lead to strong, toned core muscles.

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How to Perform a Stability Ball Roll-In:

  1. Get your stability ball and come into a decline plank position with your shins/feet on the ball and your hands shoulder width apart under your shoulders.
  2. Keep the core nice and tight.
  3. Exhale slowly and bring your knees in towards your chest as far as you can go.
  4. As you inhale, use your core to straighten the legs back out into the starting position.
  5. Repeat this motion for 20 reps and 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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Fitness Videos

Bounce Yourself to Good Health with a Plank Jack!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do another advanced plank exercise called a Plank Jack. This exercise is perfect for someone who is at an intermediate or advanced fitness level and is looking to mix up their core and lower body workout routine.

I love planks for three main reasons. For one, a plank is a total body exercise that engages everything from your head to your toes. Two, there are about a thousand different versions of planks, each that can target specific muscles more than the rest to create a fully customized fitness routine. And three, is that performing a plank isn’t very time consuming. Most people need between 90 seconds to three minutes in order to reap the benefits of various plank exercises.

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Why Do a Plank Jack?

  • 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.
  • You are also working on your balance by being in a plank. Being able to maintain a normal plank is hard enough, but trying to incorporate a jumping jack into the mix really steps up the difficulty in terms of keeping you balanced and not toppling over. This translates to better balance and stability when you are performing daily tasks or going out into the world.
  • Jumping the legs in and out like you would during a jumping jack works the entire leg (glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, abductors) during the movement. This means your legs stay sleek and strong.

How to Perform a Plank Jack:

  1. Bust out a yoga mat or other surface that is level and won’t hurt your feet or hands.
  2. Come up onto your hands and feet with your hands directly under your shoulders.
  3. Engage your core and keep your spine is straight and your body is in a straight line from head to toes. NOTE: If you need to, tighten that booty to give some extra support to your low back while in this position.
  4. When you are ready, jump your feet outwards like you would to perform a jumping jack and land on your toes.
  5. Now jump so that your feet are back together in the starting position.
  6. Repeat this motion, 10-15 times or set a timer and perform this for 30 seconds.
  7. Continue for 2-3 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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Fitness Videos

Increase Range of Motion and Flexibility with a “W” Stretch!

Hello and welcome to another edition of Fey Fitness!

Today I want to continue on with our discussion from last week about the back. I am a firm believer that most people don’t give enough attention to this important part of the body. Like I mentioned last week, our back is responsible for our posture and for protecting our spinal column from injury. So it is very important that we take care of the muscles responsible for this.

Another reason the back is so essential to long term health and wellness comes from the nature of the jobs we tend to have now. Most people I know are at a desk or computer for some portion of their day. And while there are tons of articles that detail exactly what happens to your spine or lower body when sitting too long (I’ll dive deeper into this later in another blog), another important aspect is what being at a computer or desk does to our upper back and shoulders.

In order to use a computer or write documents we need to extend our arms forward in front of our bodies for prolonged periods of time. This prolonged misalignment of the back, shoulder blade and upper arms puts a lot of stress on the ligaments and tendons around the shoulder and can cause aches and pains, known as frozen shoulder. Repetitive Strain Injury is another way to describe discomfort that arises in the shoulder area for computer users because the muscles and tendons all along the neck and wrist are being held under tension in one posture for long periods of time. Most of the time when we use a computer our shoulder posture is not at rest, but is supporting the arm using the mouse or the other arm on the keyboard.

Because of these factors the muscles and tendons in the shoulder joint become tight and computer users can experience a tight feeling that over time decreases the range of motion and functionality of the shoulder joint. This is where the W-stretch comes in to play. This simple stretch can help increase the functionality and mobility of this joint, while can also reduce the aches and pains associated with this line of work.

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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 “W” stretch:

  1. Stand nice and tall with your arms hanging loosely at your sides.
  2. Roll your shoulders back and down while bringing your shoulder blades nice and tight against your back.
  3. Bring your arms up to form a large “W” with your fingers pointing upwards and creating the top of the letter w.
  4. Keep your upper arm (the area between your shoulder and elbow) as still as possible, and bend your forearm arm (from the elbow to your finger tips) as far backwards as possible.
    • Pro Tip: It’s perfectly fine if your forearms don’t move backwards very far. Most of my clients with sedentary lifestyles or desk jobs have tight shoulders and perform this move every day in order to increase shoulder function and mobility.
  5. Perform 8-10 reps per side for 1-3 sets as needed throughout the day.

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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

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Work That Core With The Knees-to-Elbow Exercise!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Fey Fitness!

In today’s video I will demonstrate how to perform the knee-to-elbow core exercise. This exercise is perfect for those of us with atrial fibrillation because it works the core without spiking our heart rate. (NOTE: This exercise can be performed by anyone. Even if you do not have a heart condition you can still benefit from adding this exercise to your core workouts or to your dynamic warmups.)

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How To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Place your hands behind your ears or interlace your hands behind your head.
  3. Tighten your core.
  4. Bend forward while bringing your left knee up and in front of your body while twisting to bring your right elbow over and down to meet the raised knee.
  5. Hold this position for a second or two with your core tight.
  6. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  7. Perform 15 reps for 3 sets as a part of your core workout.

Pro Tip: Set a good pace for this exercise. If you have atrial fibrillation you don’t want to be too speedy and spike your heart rate too quickly. Go at a pace that is right for you. However, if you do not have a heart condition, you can really crank these out and get your heart rate up while working your core.

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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Cooking Shows

Atrial Fibrillation Approved Grocery Haul for December 3rd, 2017!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Cooking with Fey!

Today I thought I would share with you a grocery haul that is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation. When shopping for groceries with Atrial Fibrillation, try to stick with fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed meats. The goal is to eat food in as close to it’s nature state as possible, so try to avoid foods found in boxes or cans.

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You’ll also want to try and limit your salt or sugar intake. I’m trying out some Greek yogurt mixed with fruit to add more protein to my diet, and ward off those pesky sugar cravings. Salt is another thing to avoid. By reducing your intake of boxed or canned food items you can decrease your salt intake fairly easily and naturally. When cooking, try to cut back on how much salt you would normally use and see how your meal tastes. You might be surprised by how easy it is to reduce your salt content in food without sacrificing flavor.

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Leafy greens are a must, as they are a great source of micro-nutrients your body needs. Broccoli is an amazing addition to your diet for the vitamin content as well, so try roasting or steaming this yummy food to add to your lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Meat, like chicken, is a great source of protein to help your body repair and maintain muscle tissue, like your heart. So be sure to get between 40-60 grams of protein each day to help your body performing at its best.

If you have any specific questions please leave them in the comments down below and I would be happy to answer them.

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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