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 . . .

Fire Hydrants

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 untethered leg Raise your leg to the side as far as you can without compromising your hip height. engage your core Stop when your knee is as high as it can be without twisting or shifting weight between your arms.. Specific Cues: Keep your hips square to the ground. You’ll want to bend the arm of the stabilizing leg. Resist that; 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 your best. Look in a mirror (or video yourself if that’s not possible – no one has to 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 . . .

Lunge/Knee Up/SLDL

Major Muscles Worked: Legs Set Up: Stand tall with your feet closer than hip width apart. Feet should be parallel to each other. The Movement: Take a large step back with your right foot. Balance briefly between the front foot, and the ball of your back foot. Try to keep most of the weight on your front leg. Bend both knees, and lower . Press through the heel of the front foot, to return to standing. Keeping most of the weight on your left foot, raise your right knee in front of your body your knee is bent at 90 degrees, and try to lift your thigh as high as possible, preferably to parallel to the floor. Sweep your right leg down and behind you as your leg rises behind you, lower your upper body (review 1 Leg Stiff Legged Deadlifts)  Let the rising of your leg push your upper Read More . . .

Stiff Legged Deadlift/Row

Set Up: Stand with your feet closer than hip width apart. Feet should be parallel to eachother. Hold one dumbell in each hand by your sides. Chest is up, shoulders are back. The Movement: Hinge at your hips to move into a Stiff Legged Deadlift. Review the Stiff Legged Deadlift Movement Pattern Here. In the Hinged position, perform the Rowing motion with both sides at the same time. Staying in the Hinged position, perform the Rear Raise movement Stand up to take some pressure off your lower back. Specific Cues: Support your lower back by keeping your core engaged while in the hinged position. If your lower back hurts during this movement, make sure that your core is engaged. Try to keep your weight on your heels as you perform this movement. Your toes should be able to move freely & wiggle. Choose a weight appropriate for the rear raise movement. Read More . . .

Kneeling Banded Row

Major Muscles Worked: Back Set Up: Loop a handled tubing band around a stable anchor point – about hip high.. Facing the anchor point, place one knee on the floor, and raise the other knee so that the opposite foot is on the floor. Scoot back so that there’s tension on the bands. You may need to play with and adjust your position away or towards the anchor point to increase or decrease tension. Chest up, shoulders back and down. The Movement: With the handles in your hands, start by rolling your shoulders back, so that your back is not rounded. As you continue leading with your elbow towards the back wall, skim your body with your forearms. At the ‘top’ of the motion,try to get your elbows to touch. They will never touch in the back of your body – but you want to try anyway. Reverse the motion. Read More . . .

Side Plank

Major Muscles Worked: Core, Shoulder Side Plank: The Side Plank exercise is a holding exercise performed on your forearm, one side at a time. Although it targets the core, you should be engaging all of your muscles. Specific Cues: You should press through your forearm, not your elbow You can add extra thickness (a towel, or double-up the mat) if it’s uncomfortable Your shoulder should be more over your forearm than your elbow Your shoulders should be stacked directly over one another (see picture below) Engage your core, glutes, legs, and back. You should have a straight line between your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. No sagging of the hips, or hips towards the ceiling. Gaze straight ahead of you to create a neutral spine. Modification 2 Set Up Instead of stacking feet, as shown in the core position, place your top foot in front of your bottom foot, heel Read More . . .

Deadlifts

Major Muscles Worked Legs, Posterior Chain, Back, Grip Note: This is an advanced strength training movement. It’s an AMAZING exercise, which is why I’ve included it in your workouts, however if you have ANY concern that you’re doing it incorrectly, I encourage you to hire someone familiar with this exercise to help you with ensuring that you’re performing it safely, and using an appropriate weight In this video, I’m doing a wide-legged deadlift. There are many variations, and safety concerns. So, instead of trying to explain it myself, and doing a sub-par job, I’ll refer you to this article. If you’re going to do Deadlifts, please review that page. Modifications: Raise the height of the bar by pulling from safetys or 2 steps. Stiff Legged Deadlifts or Pull Throughs are good also as a substitution Review: Hinging Read More . . .

Pull-Through

Major Muscles Worked Legs, Posterior Chain (all the muscles in the back of your body) Set Up: Stand with your feet closer than hip width apart. Feet should be parallel to each other. Loop a band with handles around a sturdy base. Grab each handle of the band, and standing up straight, walk forward a few paces. Chest is up, shoulders are back. The Movement: Keeping your back flat, and shoulders rolled back, hinge at your hips. Stop when you feel a stretch in your hamstrings or lower back. If the band is slack at the bottom of the movement, walk forward 1-2 steps. Pause Reverse the movement. Specific Cues: Push your hips back. Keep your back flat/neutral. Don’t let your knees track forward—press them back. Pull your chest forward. Review: Hinging Read More . . .