Hot Stretching How-Tos

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 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: 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 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: 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: Do tail wagging stretching exercises

Shape up your lower back and glutes. Learn how to do exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: position feet 5 feet apart, bend over, exhale and lean to right, exhale and lean around to left, and focus on stretching the target muscles. 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 personal trainer for...

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: 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: 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 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 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: Use stretching techniques to help you gain muscle

This is a demo showing how to do Stretching & Flexibility Techniques for Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, & Athleticism. It includes pull ups with proper stretching on the shoulder, triceps, biceps and abdominal muscles. Try to keep your vertebra straight and erect while doing any type of exercises. Push-up exercises may built your chest as well as your biceps muscles. Also, it may improve your abdominal muscles. You can also do hamstring and calf muscle exercises lying down on the floor and by stretch...

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 walkover backbends for stretching

This video instructs on how to do a walkover back bend for stretching. A production brought to you by "Fit For A Feast". The instructors first tell you to lay on your back and turn your palms backwards to be placed on the ground afar from your head. The next step involved equal pressure being used on your legs and arms to create an inverse arch using your back. The stretch is then sustained and released multiple times to complete the task.

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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...

How To: Prevent many common workplace injuries

Sometimes we don't realize that some of our most common tasks are actually a major risk for our bodies, and before you know it, you have some sort of injury, like tendonitis. This video will give you the tips that you'll need to help you prevent some of the most common workplace injuries.

How To: Do a full body pre-workout stretch with Woman's Day Magazine

Learn some stretches from a fitness expert and Woman's Day Magazine. This video will show you the tip to doing a full body pre-workout stretch. Make sure you're standing relaxed with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your kneed bent slightly. Next, bring you hands about your head and hold. Lower your arms halfway. Then close your arms in front of you. Your stretching your whole upper body! Watch and learn the rest.

How To: Prevent injury with a kneeling quad stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a kneeling quad 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-ste...

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: Do a laying quad stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a laying quad 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 ...

How To: Do a quadriceps stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a simple stretch exercise for your quadricep muscles 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, i...

How To: Do an easy groin stretch exercise

Learn how to perform an easy groin 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 ...

How To: Do a standing outer hip stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a standing outer hip 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-b...

How To: Do an outer hip stretch exercise

Learn how to perform an outer hip 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: Prevent injury with a tennis elbow stretch routine

Learn how to perform a tennis elbow 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...

How To: Do a wrist flexor stretch exercise

Learn how to perform a wrist 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...

How To: Do an anterior shoulder stretch exercise

Learn how to perform an anterior shoulder 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-b...

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...

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