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How To: Do supine pull ups to work your back

The supine pull-up is generally performed on a Smith machine. This exercise is a modified version of the classic pull-up. It is sometimes referred to as an inverted pull-up. The first step in this exercise is to adjust the bar height. The bar height should be approximately 4 feet high. You can adjust the bar height as needed. Next, ensure your handgrip is slightly wider than shoulder width apart. For this exercise, use an overhand grip. With your arms fully extended, pull yourself (neck/chest...

How To: Do a seated chest press exercise with resistance bands

The seated chest press can be done from any chair with a seat back. This exercise is great for shaping and strengthening the chest muscles. The chest is scientifically named the pectoralis. This muscle is used any time you push a chair up to the table, shut a car door, or push a shopping cart. There are two muscles that make up the pectoralis. They are the pectoralis major and minor. The pectoralis major is always the prime mover during chest exercises.

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: Tone Your Waistline

In this how to video, I discuss three different exercises that have really helped me to tone my waistline. Although you cannot specifically target different fat deposits while dieting, it is still important to perform these exercises to give your core and waist that aesthetic look. These exercises have given me great results, but a solid diet and a good training program is also extremely important to sculpting your body. Enjoy!

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: Get a bigger butt with squats

In this video, we learn how to get a bigger butt with squats. First, place your feet wider than shoulder width apart. Then, point your toes out at a 45 degree angle and look straight ahead. Squat down as deep as you can while carrying a bar. Repeat this again, making sure you are keeping your head up and looking straight ahead. The deeper your squats, the larger your butt will be from the muscle you are building. Continue to do this for several reps, then add in more weights as your body gets...

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: Build an Exercise Machine

I am a runner and have been running with a group of US Marines. They have convinced me to start working out my upper body, along with my running legs. I also like to build things. I have a three and a half foot by seven foot room in my basement, and turned it into a weight machine room. I built an elevator that I can fill with nine pound paver stones. The elevator cable goes over a series of pulleys that allow me to do four different upper body exercises.

How To: Get six pack abs in 12 weeks

In this video, Jeff Cavalier demonstrates how the viewer can obtain six pack abs in just twelve weeks while training at home. He begins by explaining that he will show the viewer five separate work outs techniques. The first exercise is called a X-man crunch. To complete this exercise you must lay on your back, with your body in an "X" shape. You then tighten your stomach muscles and bring your legs and your arms together towards the middle. The second exercise is called Heels to the Heavens....

How To: Do the dancing dog yoga pose

The Dancing Dog Pose starts as the popular Downward Dog Pose. Learn a new yoga pose in this video yoga lesson. Take action: start in Downward Dog, extend leg and open hip, allow foot to fall, and lengthen the spine. Cindy Mastry, the instructor of this how-to video, has practiced yoga since the age of eight, and also has a background in Jazz and Ballet. Active in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years, she teaches aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga at many fitness centers in the Tampa Bay a...

How To: Practice three Pilates spine twist supine exercises

In this Pilates how-to video Diane Preusch, co-owner of Pilates Center of Bend in Bend, demonstrates Spine Twist Supine, a great warm up exercise that stretches your back while strengthening your abs. She will show you an beginners, intermediate, and advanced level version of the spine twist supine exercise. Watch and practice these pilates exercises at home.

How To: Do Smith machine lunges

This video demonstrates how to do smith machine lunges. This exercise primarily works the quadriceps and buttocks and secondarily works the hamstrings. Once you have completed a set, switch legs and repeat. Do Smith machine lunges.

How To: Do ultrawide pushups for a big chest

In this tutorial, we learn how to do ultra wide pushups for a big chest. A basic pushup can be way too easy if you are an experienced body builder, but you can do different variations to strengthen your body further. First, get down on the ground and place your arms much wider outside of your body than they normally would be. This will make you push harder up while your hands are pushing outward. This will make you work hard and squeeze at the same time, and your range of motion will be limit...

How To: Work out your lower abs on a roman chair

Your body is a temple and must be taken care of accordingly to keep it working for years. Scultping your body can also be a great way to keep the fat away and your mind sharp. This tutorial will focus on the lower abs of your body and how to use a roman chair to work them out. Sit back and feel the burn!

How To: Tie your running shoes the right way

You've been tying your shoes for years but did you know you could be tying them the wrong way. This guide is going to show you how to make a reef knot in your shoes instead of a granny knot. To figure out whether or not you need shoe lace training look at the knot you make, if it sits evenly on foot with the bows going left and right then you've got a reef knot. If your laces go north and south and point towards your toes then you need to watch the guide. Step 1, is to make a starter knot, wh...

How To: Get six pack abs through bench crunches

Six pack abs are possible, if you put in the time and work. This instructional video demonstrates simple exercises you can do to sculpt your abs. Rememeber, abs don't just happen over night, but stick to it. Llittle can compare with the satisfaction of looking down at your own washboard stomach.

How To: Do forced negative reps

This video is for those people who have been doing a lot of exercise for months and not getting stronger and bigger and not developing muscles. The techniques that are being shown here are advised by the professionals and skilled trainers in this area. So the technique that can be used is forced negatives. It is called so because in this technique we are trying to lift more weight than what we can possibly lift normally. About ten percent more. It is done by using out other hand to give an ad...

How To: Do the pilates stomach series

The Pilates Stomach Series is also known as the “fabulous five,” because of the wonderful way the five movements tone the tummy. You will need a mat, floor space, and some flexibility. Pilates tip: If at any time your lower back comes off the mat, bring your legs higher as you extend. If your neck begins to hurt at any point during these exercises, simply lower it to the mat.

How To: Practice nadi shodan or alternate nostril breathing

This yoga how-to video is intended for level one and two yoga student who are proficient in breathing practices. Follow along with this yoga breathing lesson and learn how to do nadi shodan. Nadi shodan is more commonly known as alternate nostril breathing. This style of yoga breathing is used to relax the body and calm the mind. Try doing alternate nostril breathing at home.