How To: Do one arm lat pulldowns to work the back

The largest muscle in the back is scientifically known as the latissimus dorsi. You might see it referred to as the "lats" or "wings." The lats are used any time you pull something. For example, when you open a refrigerator or a car door, you are primarily using your lat muscles. The one arm lat pulldown is a great way to work the back. The following are instructions for performing this exercise:

How To: Do a sitting toe touch for your abs

In this video, we learn how to do a toe touch. First, grab a yoga mat and place it on a hard surface. Sit down and rock back pulling your legs in the air. Now, raise your arms creasing your elbows slightly. lower and pull your legs in the air, making your arms touch your toes as close as possible. If you can just touch the ankles that is fine. You can also place your arms on the floor if raising them in the air is too much work for you. If you want, you can lay flat on the floor and raise you...

How To: Ignore painful muscles and keep exercising

Sore muscles are no fun, but the only way to make it stop is to continue working out. The more you work your muscles, the stronger they will get and the less they will hurt when you use them. No matter how much it hurts you have to work through the pain. Check out this tutorial for info and advice on how to get past the aches and reach your maximum potential.

How To: Execute an iso-lateral bench press for weight training

Have you tried working out with an isolated lateral bench press? Iso-lat bench presses are an essential part of lifting weights and strength training. This fitness how-to video tutorial demonstrates how to do an isolated bench press to strengthen the upper body. Learn tips and techniques for working out the chest, back, shoulders, and arms in this weightlifting video.

How To: Combine roll ups & bridging on a Pilates EXO chair

In this clip, you'll learn how to combine roll ups and bridging when using a Pilates EXO chair. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. To get started performing the "Stand to Sit" Co...

How To: Perform six different body stretches with an EXO chair

This clip presents an overview of six different types of body stretching that one can perform with an EXO chair. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, giv...

How To: Spin on a stationary bike

Spinning, or indoor cycling, is a form of aerobic exercise that uses a stationary bike. It can be done individually or in a class. Learn how to spin in this exercise tutorial. When spinning you should keep feet tight in stirrups, use three sitting positions, keep knees safe, adjust the height and keep feet flat, thighs engaged. With this how to video you will be able to spin for a more effective workout.

How To: Name your Pilates class to match your target audience

What's in a name? Quite a lot. Learn how to choose a good one that targets your desired demographic. Whether you're considering the possibility of starting your own Pilates studio or already have one and just need a little help tackling a particular pedagogical problem, you're sure to be well served by this free video lesson from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more information, including a comprehensive overview, watch this video guide.

How To: Do the Prone leg lift pilates exercise

The Prone leg lifts are variations of the classical pilates exercise the Swan Dive. This exercise tones and strengthens the back of the legs (hamstrings and glutes) and improves hip extension, both necessary components of a good Swan Dive. Remember to keep your abdominal muscles pulled in to protect the lower back and keep tension out. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do an 8 minute ab workout with Brooke Burke

Brooke Burk with Modern Mom instructs this video on how to do a quick ab work out. Lay down on your back on a yoga mat. Start with 20 basic crunches with your hands behind your head. If you feel it start to hurt your neck, rest your head against your hands. Now do a bicycle motion with your legs, touching your elbow to your opposite knee with each rep. Do 20 reps. Now point your legs into the air and do 20 crunches. Next bring your legs beside you and to the right, and do 20 more crunches. Re...

How To: Choreograph a step aerobics routine

Step aerobics follow choreography in groups using an elevated platform. Classes are offered for all skill levels. Learn how to choreograph a step aerobics routine in this exercise tutorial. Remember to keep it basic, use 32 count phrases, work both sides, build routine, and put it all together. With this how to video you can choreograph a great step aerobics routine.

How To: Do a static V-hold ab exercise

This exercise is challenging! The static V-hold is a fairly simple exercise to perform. But if done correctly and at the right time, it can be very demanding. This exercise is most effective when performed as the last in a series of ab exercises; or basically, when the abs are completely fatigued.

How To: Increase the Number of Push Ups You Can Do

Consistently used in many forms of physical training, the push up has been considered one of the best physical tests of muscular fitness and endurance. Namely known for its use in the military as well as other physically demanding activities such as boxing and the martial arts, the push up is necessary for any physical examination in which many struggle with.

How To: Work out your butt with Brooke Burke

Brooke Burke and Autumn Calabrese walk the viewer through a super-effective, targeted butt workout, doable in your living room in only 5 minutes. The first exercise, a "Heel Press", is done from your hands and knees. Keeping your head in line with your spine and your belly button tucked in, press one heel toward the ceiling, then bring it all the way into your chest. Brooke recommends 15-20 reps on each leg. The next exercise, "Crossovers", builds on the Heel Press. After pressing your heel t...

How To: Do a supine leg raise

The supine leg raise is often used to target the lower abs. However, when the legs are elevated from a supine position, the hip flexors become the prime movers, not the abs. Leg raises can put stress on the lumbar spine. Thus, alternative exercises are recommended. It is also important to note that the midsection is not divided into lower and upper halves. The rectus abdominis is one muscle.

How To: Treat lower back pain with a Pilates Reformer

In this clip, you'll learn how to reduce pack pain through use of a Pilates Reformer exercise device. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free...

How To: Do a dumbbell pullover back exercise

The dumbbell pullover is primarily going to work the upper back muscles. This exercise also works just about all the muscles of the upper body to some degree. The largest muscle in the back is scientifically known as the latissimus dorsi. You might see it referred to as the "lats" or "wings." The lats are used any time you pull something. For example, when you open a fridge or a car door, you are primarily using your lat muscles. Instructions for the dumbbell pullover are listed below:

How To: Do the Superman pilates exercise

The Superman is a variation on original pilates exercises that strengthens the muscles of the upper back and improves posture. Be sure to keep the shoulders down, especially when the arms reach forward, in order to keep tension out of the neck and shoulders. The Superman strengthens the core, flattens the abdominal muscles and improves body awareness. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

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