Hot Stretching How-Tos

How To: Do a hip flexor stretch

Stretching the hip flexor is important when strength training the legs and hips. Learn how to do hip flexor stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: cradle one foot with both arms and lean back, curl up other leg for advanced stretch, twist right leg over left hip, and repeat on both sides. 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 track and cross-coun...

How To: Become a contortionist

Professional gymnast Hayley Holmes demonstrates how to become a contortionist with several stretching exercises, handstands, splits and basic moves borrowed from yoga and ballet. She tells you how and why she became interested in contortion ism and suggests career options should you become interested as well. And best of all, she twists into some truly amazing positions right before your eyes.

How To: Increase and improve speed, jump height, and agility

Dan Larsen from Elevate Polymeric shows us how to complete a polymeric drill. By practicing this drill frequently you can increase your ability to run faster, jump higher and improve your agility. Great for runners or any athlete! If you've never heard of polymeric exercises before they are exercises designed to produce fast and powerful movements. These fast and powerful movements can in turn improve the functions of your body's nervous system. After doing polymeric drills a few times you wi...

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: Improve posture by activating your upper back muscles

In this video, Ozzie Jacobs shows how to activate your upper back muscles in order to tone them effectively when at the gym. As Ozzie explains, this is often more difficult to achieve due to the tendency of your shoulders to slump forward due to the effect of gravity. In order to properly activate your upper back muscles at a machine like a rowing machine, Ozzie advises her viewers to make sure that their back muscles are tightened, focusing and consciously trying to pull your shoulder blades...

How To: Do Qi Gong stretches for energy

In this instructional video clip series, our expert in Chinese meditation and qi gong specialist will show you a wide variety of poses, breathing exercises and stretches designed to help you maintain good health and blood flow, keep peace of mind and reduce stress. Learn the history and philosophy behind qi gong and practice the moves with your video guide for ease and perfection. Maintain a relaxed and stress free day at work or at home by using these time-honored traditional breathing and s...

How To: Do a simple gluteus maximus stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a kick-butt stretch exercise for your glutes with this video tutorial. Whether you're looking to warm up, wind down or just increase your flexibility, a good stretch routine can go a long way. However, with stretching, as with any exercise, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing effectiveness and avoiding accidental injury. Happily, with free exercise videos like this one, learning the proper technique is easy. For more information, including...

How To: Do leg stretches to increase your height

This video shows you how to get taller through stretching. This video shows you how you can grow taller by stretching your body daily. It also explains how stretching exercises help your body release high amounts of Human Growth Hormone which helps you grow taller. In this video you will learn what kind of daily exercise routine you will have to follow to achieve success. This is a good video for people that are looking for some ways to grow taller naturally without any medication.

How To: Do the splits if you're a boy

In this video from 01blackkat01 we learn how to do the splits if you are a boy. First you must stretch. First legs apart, lean to right and left and right and left. Now stretch with palms to the floor, move forward, spread legs more, walk hands behind legs. Hold it. Come back up. Straight leg stretch is next. This requires you holding onto your foot as you stretch it up towards the ceiling. Now give your legs a little shake. Open your legs, open arms wide and reach for your toes. Slowly push ...

How To: Do a lateral neck flexion stretch exercise

In this clip, you'll learn how to perform a lateral neck flexion stretch. Whether you're looking to warm up, wind down or just increase your flexibility, a good stretch routine can go a long way. However, with stretching, as with any exercise, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing effectiveness and avoiding accidental injury. Happily, with free exercise videos like this one, learning the proper technique is easy. For more information, including step-by-step inst...

How To: Ignore painful muscles and keep exercising

Sore muscles are no fun, but the only way to make it stop is to continue working out. The more you work your muscles, the stronger they will get and the less they will hurt when you use them. No matter how much it hurts you have to work through the pain. Check out this tutorial for info and advice on how to get past the aches and reach your maximum potential.

How To: Do the angry cat stretch

Learn how you can do the angry cat stretch with this fitness tutorial. The angry cat stretch is great for stretching low back muscles. Watch this how to video and you can cool down after your workout with the angry cat stretch.

How To: Do a simple hip flexor stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a hip flexor stretch exercise with this video tutorial. Whether you're looking to warm up, wind down or just increase your flexibility, a good stretch routine can go a long way. However, with stretching, as with any exercise, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing effectiveness and avoiding accidental injury. Happily, with free exercise videos like this one, learning the proper technique is easy. For more information, including step-by-step i...

How To: Stretch the anterior deltoid

Increase the flexibility of your shoulders. Exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: use stretching device, hold stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, then lean farther from hand to increase the stretch, and rotate shoulder to target deltoids. Tom Clifford, the instructor of this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran track and cross-country. Tom has worked as a personal trainer fo...

How To: Do the seal stretch

Back exercises can greatly increase the condition of your spine and posture. Learn how to do the seal stretch with this tutorial. The pelvic lift exercise is a great exercise for the back and buttock muscles. Watch this how to video and you will be able to perform the seal stretch.

How To: Do a cartwheel for beginners

In this how to video, you will learn how to do a cartwheel. It is recommended to be able to do hand stands before attempting this, as it will be easier. When you are coming down, you want your front foot to come straight down. The hand will be pointing the opposite way. The other hand will come around at shoulder width. The other foot should come around. The point is to have your body come completely over where your hands and feet are. Make sure you throw your body in the direction knowing yo...

How To: Perform warmup stretches for children's sports and activities

If your children are actively involved in things like gymnastics, cheerleading and dance, then they'll be dealing with a lot of rigorous movement, so stretching is key to prevent injuries. This video will show kids how they can do some great warmup stretches to increase flexibility for trampoline, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, skating, ballet, tumbling and other children's sports.

How To: Do the splits to improve your kicks

This is the demo showing how to stretch your muscles for martial arts that will make our body so flexible. Most of the people having problem on posterior muscles of thighs when they try to kick their legs upwards. We can avoid these types of problems by stretching your muscles 15- 30 minutes a day. There are different types of stretching! The first thing you should practice is splitting your legs almost 180 degree on the ground! You have to stay in this position for five minutes. You should a...

How To: Do side deltoid stretches

Make your shoulders stronger with this routine of exercises and stretches for your workout in this fitness video. Take action: cross arm over the chest & pull against elbow, hold for 20 to 30 seconds, turning hand down or up for alternate stretches, and use arm rotations to stretch shoulders. 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 track and cross-country. Tom has worked as a perso...

How To: Strengthen your lower body

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a pedestal routine. This exercise circuit contains exercises. The exercises in this circuit are: 5 reps of prone leg lift, 5 reps of lateral leg lift, 5 reps of supine leg lift, 10 reps of donkey kicks, 20 reps of scorpions, 5 reps of Rockies, 5 reps of donkey whips, 10 reps of lower body crawl, 20 reps of iron cross, 20 reps of Australian crawl, 5 reps of pedestal lateral leg lift, 10 reps of groiners, 10 reps of hurdle seat exchange, 5 reps of...

How To: Stretch your legs for high section kicks

In this video we learn to stretch our legs so we can perform our high section kicks easier. A good start is taking your leg and bending your knee so your foot is right behind your butt. Hold your foot there for about 30 seconds. Then, trying to keep your foot where it is, bring your leg out to the side. Hold this for 30 seconds. Next you can lift your leg and hold your knee to your chest and hold. Do these stretches on each leg for your upper leg. Now for your lower leg, keep your heels on th...

How To: Do the hip and thigh stretch with a partner

The hip and thigh stretch works on the mobility of the hip joint. Learn how to do the hip and thigh stretch with a partner in this fitness tutorial. When performing this stretch with a partner you should bend leg up, put hands on shin & thigh, and press in, out. With this how to video you can perform the hip and thigh stretch with a partner more effectively.

How To: Do a lying or prone quad stretch

Stretching the quads, or quadriceps, is important to warm up the large muscles of the thigh before exercise or sports. Learn how to do prone quad stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: lie on your side, hold top foot behind butt, pull forward with quad, and pull back with hand. Tom Clifford, the instructor of this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran track and cross-country. Tom ha...

How To: Stretch hamstrings

Watch this instructional stretching video to stretch the hamstrings. The hamstring stretch is a simple and efficient leg exercise, but you should make sure you are doing it right. Repeat this stretching exercise in several positions to extend different aspects of the hamstrings. Hold each stretch for about twenty to thirty seconds.

How To: Do the Grant Green exercise circuit

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to the "Grant Green" exercise circuit. This exercise circuit contains exercises. The exercises are: 10 raps of donkey kicks, 20 reps of scorpions, 20 reps of iron cross, 8 reps of both lateral leg lifts with toe out and in, 5 reps of Rockies, 5 reps of donkey whips, 10 reps of lower body crawl, 10 reps of Australian crawl, 20 reps of pedestal lateral leg lift, 20 reps of groiners, 10 reps of hurdle seat exchange, 50 reps of Russian hamstrings, 20 reps...

How To: Do a total body stretching routine with a towel

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a total body stretching routine with just a towel. Start off by gripping the towel shoulder width apart and pull your arms apart while tensing your body and hold this for around 20-30 seconds, the try again. For the next exercise, bring the towel behind your head and face your hand behind you and pull the hand with your right and left while maintaining a 90 degree angle with the hand that's above you. The last exercise take the towel and stand on one leg. ...

How To: Stretch calf muscles

Watch this instructional stretching video to stretch the calf muscles. Stretching your calves is a simple and efficient exercise, but you should make sure you are doing it right. Stretch your calves to the point of mild discomfort but not pain. Hold each stretch for about twenty to thirty seconds.

How To: Do exercises to increase vertical jump

If you are having trouble with your vertical jump, check out this tutorial. In this video are two exercises that will increase your vertical jump. We start off with Hand MB Depth Jump which when landing off of the box overloads your body eventually helping you to gain more power in your vertical jump. The second exercise is the Box Jump which is simple and will also increase your vertical jump. Remember to keep the rep range low so, you can give maximum effort with each jump.

How To: Jump higher and run faster doing plyometric exercises

In this tutorial, we learn how to jump higher and run faster doing plyometric exercises. Start out with an alternating exercise that you will rotate through all of and get progressively stronger within 10 weeks. In week on, start out with 15 speed squats. Then you will have 30 seconds of recovery followed by 15 lunges with each leg for a total of 30 lunges. Take another 30 second break, then do 10 lateral cone hops, barely touching the ground. Another 30 second recovery after this, then do 10...

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