How To: Do a 45 degree leg press

The 45 degree leg press is a great way to work the muscles of the hip and thigh. You might see 45 degree leg press machine referred to as a "hip sled." This exercise is commonly used as an alternative to the squat. Instructions for the 45 degree leg press are as follows:

How To: Do bicep curls for seniors

Biceps curls are standard exercises for building the muscles of the arm. Seniors should not omit them from their workout. Learn how to do bicep curl exercises for seniors in this strength training video. Take action: use sturdy chair, position hands at sides and palms forward, tighten core, focus on biceps, and keep shoulder from rotating. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran tr...

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 dumbbell toe raise

The dumbbell toe raise (aka dumbbell calf raise) mainly works the upper portion of the calves or the gastrocnemius. Three items are needed for this exercise: 1) a supportive apparatus for balance 2) an elevated surface (e.g. aerobic step, 2 x 4, etc.) to allow for full range of motion 3) a dumbbell.

How To: Do one arm seated row exercises

Watch this instructional fitness video to do a one arm seated row weight lifting exercise. Keep your back straight and your body in a controlled position. Exhale as you lift the weights up and inhale on the way down. This one arm seated row exercise works the back, back of the shoulders and biceps.

How To: Do an external shoulder rotation arm exercise

External shoulder rotation exercises are done to work the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff consists of four muscles. They include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor. Each muscle works to rotate the arm externally (laterally) and internally (medially). The following are instructions for the cable external rotation shoulder exercise:

How To: Lose belly fat with hardcore stomach workouts

Darin Steen of Major League Health demonstrates how to lose belly fat with stomach workouts. Using a boxing technique, you can get your heart rate up to 160 and boost your hormones to gain muscle and lose fat. It works your abdominal muscles in a unique side-to-side plane of motion to tone your midsection. Focus on pulling as much as you focus on punching. Use your pointer and deliver two punches on the right and then deliver two punches on the left while focusing on pulling. Increase the pun...

How To: Do a cable pullover back exercise

The cable pullover is a great way to work the upper back muscles. This exercise also works just about all the muscles of the upper body to some degree. The largest muscle in the back is scientifically known as the latissimus dorsi. You might see it referred to as the "lats" or "wings." The lats are used any time you pull something. For example, when you open a fridge or a car door, you are primarily using your lat muscles.

How To: Do a seated bicep curl exercise with free weights

In this free video exercise lesson, you'll learn how to do a seated bicep curls with dumbbells. With weight lifting, 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. For more information, and to get started using this weight lifting exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to.

How To: Fix common workout mistakes

There are some simple techniques to correct common workout mistakes. You should look for cues, which come in forms such as lack or form or lack of engagement. Elastic bands and be used in order to help direct someone into proper form. This will give them resistance and help them to see/feel the proper motion. You should be further pushing them in the incorrect motion with resistance. Adding a heavy chain or a weight to the lower back during pushup is also an example. Resistance may be used wi...

How To: Do a hamstring exercise to build your legs

Fatloss LifeStyle shows you the best way to "blast those hammys!" Using a bench and a weight is all you need to shape and sculpt your legs to perfection. First, lay down on your stomach on a bench and position your ankles around a free weight. Make sure that you do not use a weight that is too heavy. Start light and build from there. Now using your hamstrings lift up the weight that is between your ankles slowly and controlled so that your body is level. Then slowly and controlled bring the w...

How To: Do a proper overhead squat with a barbell

Proper form is very important to lifting weight and strength training. One wrong move could potentially lead to an injury. Follow along in this how-to video critique by Mark Rippetoe as he guides someone through the correct form for doing an overhead squat. Better posture can lead to more effective lifting. Learn how to do an overhead squat with proper form.

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