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: Warm-up with Salsa dancing & steps for kids

Fit for a Feast hosts a kids cardio workout including Salsa steps, sit-ups, jumping jacks and more. This is a great warm-up for kids on their way to sports or dance class; it can also be used for Q.D.F. (Quality Daily Fitness) at school. With a Latin American cd in your stereo and this tutorial, you're child will be working up a sweat in no time! Be sure to stretch before you begin!

How To: Do the rope climber ab exercise

If you are looking to add excitement to the traditional abdominal crunch, consider rope climbers. In this exercise, the abs go through a similar range of motion as the classic ab crunch. However, two things make this exercise unique. The first is the "rope-pulling" motion. The second is the range of the upper back and shoulders. They come up a bit higher than in the crunch.

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: Use a sledgehammer to tone your stomach

Believe it or not, a sledgehammer is a great way to workout those abs and those love handles. You can easily (okay, not easily) lose belly fat by swinging that heavy hammer around instead of going to the gym. No gym membership and you can do it right in your own backyard! Watch this video tutorial to help you learn how to use a sledgehammer to tone your stomach.

How To: Do exercises to trim your hips with Brooke Burke

Want to slim down? Feel the burn with this easy, five-minute exercise sure to help you trim or otherwise tighten up your hips. For complete instructions, including a step-by-step overview of this simple exercise, watch this home fitness how-to. Lose weight and feel great with the routine demonstrated in this free video guide from Brooke Burke.

How To: Do an aerobics L-Step

Strengthen the heart muscle with aerobic exercises. Learn how to do an aerobics L-Step in this exercise tutorial. When performing the L-Step you should start with left foot, step up, bring feet together, step down, bring feet together again, and add knees to increase workout. With this how to video you can incorporate the L-Step into your workout.

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: Do a prone bridge plank position ab exercise

The prone (face down) bridge or plank is a great exercise if you are trying to develop the core. This exercise is unique in that it is done from a static position. There are no repetitive movements. The prone bridge strengthens the lower back, as well as several muscles in the upper body. If you are new to exercise, consider starting with a modified version of the prone bridge, then progress to a full bridge. A workout mat is recommended.

How To: Do 20 warm-up exercises to build heat

Whether you're preparing for a thirty minute bout of interval running or for an intense weight lifting session, warming up is vital to building heat in your body so your joints are lubricated and there is less of a chance of injury. Warming up before exercising also boosts your metabolism so you get your heart rate up early and burn more calories during your workout.

How To: Do hip pushups

In this Fitness video tutorial you will learn how to do hip pushups. This one is for advanced body builders and not for beginners. You can use push up stands or use towel to cushion your fists while doing hip push ups. This is not to be done with palms open. Keep your elbows on your sides and you will be pushing from your hips. Stretch your body with the weight on the fists and toes. Keep your torso straight, abs flexed tight, then go down slow and come up slow. The body should be straight. D...

How To: Get a firm butt just using a pillow

The man describes how to get a nice round sexy looking butt. He says to use a bed, but if you don't have a bed, a long table that will support you will do fine. He shows his technique on a table. Next he lays on the table, reaching up and out he grabs the sides of the table. Rest your head on the pillow for support. With the legs hanging off the back of the table raise them up as high as you can squeezing your butt and then lower back to the ground. Once you got the technique down, raise your...

How To: Do weighted squats to strengthen legs

Squats are a weight training exercise that involves lowering the body and raising it again, targeting the legs and core. Learn how to do squat exercises in this strength training video. Take action: keep back straight & flexed, keep knees over heels, stick butt out to maintain safe posture, and look forward. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran track and cross-country. Tom has w...

How To: Do an external shoulder rotation arm exercise

External shoulder rotation exercises are done to work the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff consists of four muscles. They include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor. Each muscle works to rotate the arm externally (laterally) and internally (medially). The following are instructions for the cable external rotation shoulder exercise:

How To: Exercise your calves with free weights

Chris Cooke demonstrates how you can exercise your calves with free weights. You can do the following: standing calf raise, single calf raise, and seated calf raise. It is recommended that you do 15 repetitions of each exercise. These exercises require dumbbells,

How To: Do three fast upper-body warm-ups

In this video, we learn how to do three fast upper-body warm-ups. The first warm up is jumping rope for three minutes, then doing 30 seconds on a foam roller. After this, use the foam roller against a wall and then again on the ground, working both sides of your body. Now do 10 reps of push ups, followed by five kneeling reaches on both sides of the body. After this, you will use exercise bands to pull weights and do these on both arms. After doing this for as many reps possible, you will be ...

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: Exercise your shoulder with a Pilates Reformer machine

Work your shoulders with a Pilates Reformer exercise machine. 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 exercise video a gander.

How To: Do a yoga boat pose with a twist for power

In this tutorial, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga boat pose with a twist for power. First, begin in a boat pose raising your legs up and facing forward. Interlace your hands together and inhale. Exhale and twist to the left and right side while pushing your legs forward and back. Next, place your hands on the floor and fall into a reverse tabletop position. Inhale and exhale several times in this position, then return to the boat twists and do quicker for twelve times each side. Rememb...

How To: Perform the five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites have been performed every morning by some sects of Tibetan monks for hundred of years. They require no equipment and develop strength all over you body as well as proper digestion. Do these exercises every morning and you are sure to see positive results.

How To: Get ripped fast with 300 Spartan body workout

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to get ripped fast with the "300" Spartan body workout. This workout consists of 7 exercises. This workout will also need to be done twice for a total of 300 exercise movements. The exercises and reps for each workout are: 20 reps of cross elbow pushes, 20 reps of cross knee planks, 15 reps of knee up pull-up, 20 reps of plate press knee squats, 20 reps of land mines, 20 reps of swings and 25 reps of medicine ball Russian twist press. This video will ...

How To: Do backpack pushups

Pushups are a great workout. But if you think you're ready to take it to the next level, you should consider incorporating backback pushups into your workout. The added weight will give your muscles added strength and give an exciting new take on a simple exercise.

How To: Get thinner thighs by sitting on a giant ball

AskEJean shows the viewer how they can get thinner thighs in just three minutes by using a giant work out ball! It's quite easy! All you need to do is replace your chair with a giant exercise ball. Simply bounce up and down on this ball subtly and rotate around. This workout will give you slimmer thighs and help diminish cellulite in your legs. This workout is also great for the core and strength training. In a few weeks you will notice a large change in your legs and thighs. You legs will lo...

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