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How To: Do a Hip Twist pilates exercise

The Hip Twist is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominals and the core. By focusing on a modest range of motion to start and the correct use of the abdominal muscles, your abs will get stronger and flatter and you will protect your lower back. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be toning your body with the hip twist pilates move.

How To: Do a towel crunch abs exercise

The towel crunch is similar to the traditional abdominal crunch. The purpose of the towel is to stabilize the head and provide comfort. It also takes away the tendency to want to pull the chin forward into the chest, which compromises the cervical spine.

How To: Get a ripped chest at home

In order to get a ripped lower and upper chest, without going to a gym, you will need something to prop your knees up. You can use your bed or a chair. To recreate your incline and decline chest press exercises, a modified pushup substitutes for it. Watch your posture and your spine alignment, when you are doing them.

How To: Do an ROTC/US Military-style push-up

The Georgetown Army ROTC program first describes the benefits, and then demonstrates a proper army pushup to standard. Pushups are common in the army, they increase the strength and endurance of your chest, shoulders, and triceps muscle. The push up is also a part of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). In order to be contracted and received scholarship benefits male cadets in the age range of 17 - 21 must perform 43 pushups while female cadets in the same age range must perform 19 pushups.

How To: Do a half side split

Paul Zaichik of Elastic Steel explains how to do a half side split. The half side split is a very basic technique. First, kneel on the floor and lean forward. Then extend one leg so that it is perpendicular with your torso and so that both your body and foot are at 45 degree angles. The other leg will remain bent. You can also lean forward so that both your body and foot are leaning against the floor. Bend the leg to match the other leg and rest in that position before extending the other leg...

How To: Work your lower abs with a hanging leg raise

It's never a bad time to get excellent abs. This instructional video demonstrates how to exercise your lower abdominal muscles with hanging leg raises. This routine is especially effective because it maximizes spinal flexion and extension. The focus of the exercise should be about rolling the hips up to generate an abdominal contraction, then returning to a good lumbar curve to relax and stretch out the abs. A good stretch at the end range of motion allows for a better workout and builds flex...

How To: Do close-grip lat. pull-down

This video demonstrates how to do a close-grip lat. pull-down. This primarily works the upper back and upper latisimus dorsi and secondarily works the biceps. Don't jerk the bar down using momentum in an attempt to complete the repetition, control the weight at all times. Do close-grip lat. pull-down.

How To: Do medicine ball haybales exercises for runners

In this Fitness video tutorial you will learn how to do medicine ball hay bales exercises for runners. This is a fantastic general strength exercise. This is a simple routine to do. Keep your feet hip width apart, drop the ball, bend down keeping the back straight, catch the ball with both hands and lift it over one shoulder as if you are throwing a hay bale in to a barn. Repeat the same step; this time lifting the ball over the other shoulder. While lifting the ball over the shoulder, twist ...

How To: Do the "hangman for shoulders" on the yoga trapeze

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do the "hangman for shoulders" exercise using the yoga trapeze. Begin by lying on your stomach with a mat underneath your stomach. With both hands, hold onto the handles of the trapeze and drop your head down. Slightly use some strength to hold on, but try to use little as possible. Slightly bend the arms and keep the body soft as possible while in the hanging position. If you feel comfortable, wiggle your body for a deeper stretch. This video will...

How To: Do a concentrated hip extension

In this video, you are shown, you are shown how to properly do a concentrated hip extension. You are instructed to lay on the floor, supported on your elbows. With one knee on the floor, you are then told to life the opposite leg off the floor, completely extended, to form a horizontal line from the floor. While lifting the leg to about 40 degrees, you are to contract the muscles of the same glutes at the same time. After, return to the starting position, bringing your leg to form the horizon...

How To: Do a kickboxing front kick

The front kick is a kickboxing fundamental. Learn the skills of kickboxing in this tutorial on competitive kickboxing moves. When doing a kickboxing front kick you should start from fighting position, lift up right leg into a chamber, curl toes back, and extend the leg. With this how to video you can incorporate the front kick into your kickboxing routine.

How To: Do lateral hops and forward lunges

Lateral hops and forward lunges combos combine elements of strength, endurance, and agility. Learn how to perform lateral hops and forward lunges properly from a professional trainer in this workout tutorial. When doing lateral hops and forward lunges you should use both feet, hop laterally over target, work in lunges and alternate exercises. With this how to video you can incorporate lateral hops and forward lunges into your workout.

How To: Do a standing quad stretch

Stretching the quads, or quadriceps, is important to warm up the large muscles of the thigh before exercise or sports. Learn how to do standing quad stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: maintain balance, hold top foot behind butt and pull forward with quad, while pulling back with hand, use wall for support, and hold 15 to 30 seconds. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michi...

How To: Do back isolation exercises

Isolate muscles in the back with some simple exercise methods. Learn tips and techniques for working out the chest, back, shoulders, and arms in this weightlifting video. Take action: isolate back muscles with feet wider than shoulder-width, and bring weight down to hips but don't lock elbows. Lance, the instructor in this how-to video, is certified personal trainer through American Fitness Association of America. He graduated from UNC with a biology degree and currently works for a gym. He s...

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 stair running exercise

This tutorial is a demonstration of a speed and conditioning exercise. These stair running workout was developed to increase your overall sports performance. This how to video explains the stair running exercise and how you can incorporate this speed training to develop your flexibility, balance and power.

How To: Do the knee tuck jump

This tutorial demonstrates plyometrics sports training exercise. This knee tuck jump workout were developed to increase your overall sports performance. This how to video explains a plyometric exercise and how you can incorporate this explosive training into your routine to develop your speed and power to become bigger, faster and stronger.

How To: Do the Develope pilates exercise

The Develope is a variation of the original pilates exercises in the side-lying series. This exercise tones the muscles of the legs and increases flexibility while improving core strength as well. Focus on proper form and the fluidity of the movement instead of the height of the leg and you will find this exercise far more effective. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do a sumo squat with a medicine ball

The sumo squat works all leg muscles, although it can also be used to target the inner thighs. This exercise can be performed with or without weighted resistance. The key to this exercise is to stand with the feet beyond shoulder width. The wide stance forces the inner thigh muscles to work harder. The toes should be turned out.