Leg Circles

Major Muscles Worked: Legs, Glutes, Hips Set Up: Start on the floor or mat on all fours; hands and knees hands should be shoulder width apart, and knees, hip width The Movement: Shift your weight in your palms and the knee of your right leg Raise your left leg to the side as far as you can without compromising your hip height. engage your core Make large circles with your knee, trying to move throughout the entire range of motion for your hip Only go as far as you can without twisting or shifting weight between your arms. Reverse Direction Change Legs Specific Cues: Keep your hips square to the ground. Resist the urge to bend the arm of the stabilizing leg. Keep your arms the same throughout the movement. Keep your core tight, and resist the urge to raise your leg higher than the joint will allow. Just do Read More . . .

Hamstring Curls

Major Muscles Worked: Hamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Core Set Up: Stand up straight, feet about hip width apart. The Movement: Place your weight in your left foot, bend your right knee, and left your heel to touch your left buttocks Try to tap your right foot with your left hand Lower the right foot to the ground. Repeat on the opposite side. Specific Cues: Try to raise your leg in a controlled manner – using your hamstring to raise your leg – try not to use momentum to fling your foot up. Try to keep your core as straight and tight as possible – if you can’t touch your foot with your hand, do not use your upper body to make that adjustment – just do what you can. Read More . . .

Chest Press/Chest Fly

Major Muscles Worked: Biceps, Triceps, Shoulders Set Up: Lie on a bench, floor or a ball, feet firmly on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing your knees Elbows are straight, holding the weights towards the ceiling, positioned over the chest. The ends of the dumbbells are either touching, or and inch or two apart. The Movement: Bend your elbows, lowering the weights with control until your upper arms touch the floor. As you lower the weights, keep the weights (and your wrists) directly over your elbows. This means that the weights will separate from each other as they lower. Without pausing at the bottom of the movement, press the weights back to the ceiling. Reverse the movement of the weights, keeping them over the chest, and gradually bringing them closer to each other at the top of the motion. Twist your palms so that they are now facing each-other Read More . . .

Row/Tricep Kickback

Set Up: Stand with your feet hip width apart or closer. Hold one dumbbell in each hand. Chest is up, shoulders are back. The Movement: Start by hinging at the hips. Lower your upper body to about a 45 degree angle. Keep your core engaged to support your lower back. Your back should stay flat. DO NOT ROUND YOUR BACK! Using gravity as resistance, start by shrugging your shoulders back towards each other. Relax your shoulders down away from your ears. Follow through with your elbows, lifting the weight into your rib cage. At the top of the motion, try to get your elbows to touch in the back of your body. They’re never going to touch, but try anyway. Straighten your arm so that your wrists are close to your hips (or above) You should feel your triceps engage at this point. Try not to swing the weight, but Read More . . .

Lateral Raise/Rear Raise

Set Up: Stand with your feet about hip width apart. Feet should be parallel or toes just slightly pointed out. Hold one dumbell in each hand. Chest is up, shoulders are back. The Movement: Lifting through your elbow, lift both arms to your sides (Lateral Raise). Review the Lateral Raise  for demonstration on the movement. Push your hips back, bend over and raise your arms away from the floor Rear Raise. Review the Rear Raise  for demonstration on the movement. Stand up, Repeat. Specific Cues: Do not look at the ground. Use weight appropriate for the Lateral Raise or the Rear Raise. Related Exercises Lateral Raise Rear Raise Read More . . .

Bicep Curl/Shoulder Press

Major Muscles Worked: Biceps, Triceps, Shoulders Set Up: Stand tall with your feet about hip width apart. Chest up, and shoulders back. Hold a dumbbell in front of your legs with each hand holding opposite ends of the dumbbell. or hold the handles of bands in each hand with the band looped under the arches of your feet The Movement: Keeping your elbows close to your sides, curl the dumbbell up so that it stops just under your chin. Press the dumbbell up toward the ceiling. Slowly lower the weight to just below your chin. With your elbows close to your sides, lower the weight with control back to the starting position. Specific Cues: Focus on keeping your elbows as close to your body as possible. If your elbows splay away from your body, your weight may be too heavy. Resist the urge to sway back & forth with your hips while lowering the Read More . . .

Bowler Squats

    Set Up: Place an object 1-2 feet in front of you. Stand straight, shoulders back, weight throughout the foot. Lift one foot slightly off the ground. Point the fingers of that same hand. Chest up. Roll your shoulders back and down away from your ears. Look forward. The Movement: At the same time, bend you knees and push your hips back. As you lower to the ground, slightly bend forward and reach with your pointing finger to touch your object. Pause Reverse the movement. Specific Cues: Make sure that your weight is on your heels and not the balls of your feet. Keep your back flat/neutral. Try to perform the movement 10 times without placing the elevated food on the ground to balance. Read More . . .

Clamshells

Major Muscles Worked: Hips, Glutes Set Up: Place a looped band around your legs, positioned just above your knees. Sit on a mat, with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and touching eachother, and supporting your upper body with your hands behind you. The Movement: Keeping your hands, butt, and feet on the floor, engage your glutes & your knees away from the mid-line of your body. Keep your ankles straight, and go as far as your range of motion will allow. Some of that will depend on the resistance of the band. Slowly, return to the starting position. Specific Cues: It’s not a huge movement; it will depend on your hip flexibility. Other Variations of the Clamshell Read More . . .

Froggers

Major Muscles Worked: Lower Back, Glutes Set Up: Lie down on your belly, on the floor or a mat. Place your hands underneath your chin. Bend your legs, separate your knees, but put your feet together so that they’re touching The Movement: Keeping your upper body and arms on the floor, engage your glutes & push your feet towards the ceiling so that your thighs rise off the mat. Slowly, return to the starting position. Specific Cues: It’s not a huge movement; don’t feel like you should be able to lift very high off the ground. Your range of motion is going to depend on your back flexibility.   Read More . . .

Why you’re not Losing Belly Fat

It seems to happen without our even noticing it. Seemingly all of a sudden one day, your pants seem a little bit more snug around the waist although not in the hips and thighs. Huh. I wonder why? So, you set out to lose that belly fat: go low carb, and wake up earlier so that you can dedicate more time at the end of your workout for ab exercises. Running! That’ll do it! Move more & eat less! But it doesn’t seem to be working. Nothing you do seems to be working! As we age, the calories in versus calories out approach doesn’t work like it used to. Gone are the days of just working a little harder at the gym to drop a few lbs.  Here are the top reasons why you might be having trouble getting that belly fat to budge. You’re getting older This is especially Read More . . .