Hot Fitness How-Tos

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: 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: Increase shoulder mobility with a Pilates routine

This clip offers a demonstration a number of methods for improving posture through thoracic extension and hamstring stretching. 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 in...

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: Perform negative resistance training

In this tutorial, we learn how to perform negative resistance training with Jennifer DiDonato. Start of sitting down with your elbow resting on your knee and holding a weight of your preference. Now, lift the weight up by counting 1,2,3. Bring the weight back down by counting to 6, and keep doing this back and forth. This will give you a different work out since you are doing resistance on your way down as well as going up. Do three sets of this exercise on both sides, then try to do one more...

How To: Do a Half Frog Stretch Out

Dina Prioste teaches viewers how to do a half frog stretch out. Now, lie down on your stomach with your elbows right under your shoulders. Now grab your left leg and pull this towards your right butt cheek. You can also lay all the way down on the floor. You can also bring the heel outside of the hip if you are very flexible. This is a great stretch for your quad and hip. This will stretch the entire front of your body as well as your core. The more open you get with this pose, you can do bot...

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 tight abs by running up a hill

In this video, Scott Colby shows you a four minute workout that will get you in great shape. All you need is a hill and some tennis shoes as simple as that. He shows you different exercises you can do, all going uphill. A few examples of the different exercises are sprints, walking push-ups, and bear crawls. The object is to continuously do them uphill then walk downhill, kind of like a circuit training. If you follow this routine you should most certainly get awesome results!

How To: Do the Scissors pilates move

The Scissors is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominal muscles and increases hamstring flexibility. If your hamstrings are tight initially, decrease the range of motion so that you can keep your knee straight, otherwise your hamstring flexibility won't increase as quickly. The Scissors will deliver flatter abs and lean sculpted legs. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

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: Build chest muscles through chair push-ups

In this tutorial, we learn how to build chest muscles through chair push-ups. To begin, you will need to set up three chairs in a pyramid shape that will fit your body laying down. To begin, place both of your feet on one chair and then push each of your hands laying on a chair. After this, do as many push ups as you can. If you want a more challenging work out, you can wear a backpack that is filled with weights. You can also stay at the bottom for a couple seconds while you are doing the pu...

How To: Get perky pecs and get rid of 'side boobs'

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to get perky pecs and get rid of "side boobs". This video lists several exercises for viewers to do. Users will need a pair of dumbbells for some of these exercises. The exercises in this are: chest fly, dumbbell press and a variation of push-ups (narrow, wide, knees). Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions for each of these exercises. This video also provides 2 isometric exercises. The first exercises to press the hands together. The second exercises is the sid...

How To: Do Pilates Reformer exercises to strengthen your hips

This clip offers advice on how to use a Pilates Reformer table to strengthen your hip muscles. 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 exerci...

How To: Do a 3 minute colon cleanse exercise

In this tutorial, we learn how to do exercises that help cleanse the colon. You will first need to start in a position where you are squatting with your hands on the ground in front of your feet. While you are in this position, you will want to sing your favorite mantra while breathing in and out and completely relax the body. Use your lower abdominals to deep breathe while releasing the breathe through your mouth. When finished, relax and sit back down into a butterfly position and deep brea...

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 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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