Hot Stretching How-Tos

How To: Prevent back pain with hamstring stretches

It's no surprise that there's a link between not stretching your muscles and crippling back pain. Admittedly you work at an office all day, bum blued to your chair, but that's no excuse to continue your non-movement when you get home. In fact, if you have an office job it is almost indispensible that you stretch your muscles out or else you will develop a pinched spinal cord.

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: 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: Strech using the "cardio barre"

Joanie Greggains shows us some stretching exercises using the "Cardio Barre." This is a great way to start your day or to warm up for a mild to moderate cardio workout. She introduces a portable ballet or cardio barre to use for balance and support. If you do not have a cardio barre, you can always use the back of a chair or bookcase. You hold on to the cardio barre facing forward and place your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent as you bend at the waist, keeping your back straigh...

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 split

Splits are popular in dance and cheerleading, do you think you can do one? Practice, practice, practice and check out the helpful tips in this video to avoid injury.

How To: Do the splits to improve martial artistry

Acroholic teaches you how to do splits to improve martial artistry. You need to start with a few warm-up exercises. Repeat each of the exercises 15 times. First, simply lift your left leg as high as you can, then do the same for the right one. You then do the same exercise, only this time you also add a spin to the lift. Next, stretch your legs on the ground, kneeling and putting one in front of the other. Hold the tension when you're doing the start of a split for at least 30 seconds. For th...

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: Perform advanced stretching techniques

The video first opens up with a muscular man standing in a well lit weight room. He begins with a quick description explaining how he will be performing the stretches and then begins to do so. He swings his leg back behind him and bends it and pulls it up to his behind, he continues to do so for some time. Next he brings the same leg forward and stretches it over his other knee. After that, he bends over and exhales and touches his toes. He then gets a foam pillow and stretches his legs out c...

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 a half side split

Paul Zaichik of Elastic Steel explains how to do a half side split. The half side split is a very basic technique. First, kneel on the floor and lean forward. Then extend one leg so that it is perpendicular with your torso and so that both your body and foot are at 45 degree angles. The other leg will remain bent. You can also lean forward so that both your body and foot are leaning against the floor. Bend the leg to match the other leg and rest in that position before extending the other leg...

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: Perform the frontal splits in yoga

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform frontal splits in yoga. The frontal split is a stretch that targets the hamstring muscle. Begin by extending your right leg forward and flex the toes out in front of you on the mat. Very slowly and carefully, slide your right leg forward until you feel some resistance. Once you start to feel a stretch in your hamstring, you need to get your fingertips firmly planted into the floor or else on top of a block. This video will benefit those vie...

How To: Do simple ab workouts to get a ripped six pack

CobraWorkout teaches you how to do simple ab workouts to get a ripped six pack. For the first exercise lay down on your back, heels on the floor, take a medicine ball between your hands. Then angle your body at 45 degrees from the ground and twist it to the left and to the back. Do this 15 times and go straight to the next exercise. This involves getting on the side and having your feet in the air, while moving your upper body up and down. Do 25 repetitions on each side. For the third exercis...

How To: Grow naturally taller through exercise

Almost everyone wants to be a little bit taller. By following the simple stretches and exercises outlined in this video we learn that it's possible to gain that inch or two simply through straightening your spine and posture, and through overall muscle health. Listing a dozen mostly yoga related positions, ranging from the Cobra position to the Yawn stretch to the Downhill, along with supplying health diagrams for each and every one, this video shows you how to get the most out of your body's...

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: Get taller by stretching

This short video instructs you on how to grow taller using only stretching. If you follow these few simple steps you should grow a little taller and straighten out your spine all at the same time. Using only your arms and legs, stretch your body to it's limits then do a 60 second air bicycle ride. Next slowly use head rotations to loosen your neck joints. You should practice doing this everyday in the morning and at night.

How To: Stretch a stiff neck

Relieve the pain of a stiff neck and loosen up with these detailed and helpful activities. Learn how to have a better posture, and then some great and simple exercises that stop problems with a stiff neck. These exercises are well described and easy to follow, and are effective in reducing problems with a stiff neck. Not only do these tips help with a stiff neck, they also help with relaxing. The video also helps with when to do these exercises and how many to do, to feel the maximum benefit ...

How To: Create a nighttime stretch routine

This is Fitness for Dummies. Learn how to do simple stretching exercises. An evening stretch routine improves flexibility, warms muscles, and relaxes you before bed. This stretch routine works your arms, legs, and back and can improve your sleep, as well as prevent nighttime cramps. Create a nighttime stretch routine.

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: Stretch before cardio

Stretch before a workout is very important. Learn how to stretch before cardio in this exercise tutorial. When stretching before cardio exercise you should stretch while moving, use flowing, smooth movements, hug knees and then stretch after workout

How To: Stretch with a partner

There are some muscles that cannot be stretched alone. For these muscle stretches, a partner can help. Learn how to stretch with a partner to improve overall health in this fitness tutorial. When stretching with a partner you should push or pull, use gentle resistance, engage muscles, exhale & pull, and hold each stretch for eight to 20 seconds. With this how to video you will be able to stretch more effectively with a partner.

How To: Do a calf stretch

Stretching calf muscles is important for lengthening a key leg muscle and increasing flexibility. Learn how to do calf stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: use platform or stairwell, stretch calves before flexing muscles, go one leg at a time, toe against wall, heel planted & lean forward, and hold 15 to 30 seconds. Tom Clifford, the instructor of this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, whe...

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: 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: Do a standing hamstring stretch

Stretching the hamstrings is important when weight training the legs or before exercising or sports. Learn how to do standing hamstring exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: cross right foot in front of left leg, bend down in front and exhale, switch feet and repeat for other leg, remembering to keep knees straight. 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...

How To: Do a standing 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 standing quad stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: maintain balance, hold top foot behind butt and pull forward with quad, while pulling back with hand, use wall for support, and hold 15 to 30 seconds. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michi...

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 an anterior shoulder stretch

Limber up your shoulders with exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: use a pole, punching bag or handle, lean away from your arm as you stretch, fully straightening arm as the stretch increases and hold 15 to 30 seconds. 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 two years. ...

How To: Do upper back stretches

Limber up your back with exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: to find an ideal position use a pole or handle, hold for 15 to 30 seconds while holding the pole lower to target lower back, and change grips. 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 two years. He also has a ...

How To: Do the chest complex stretch

This instructional video demonstrates a series of stretches for developing chest muscles. Learn how to do exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: position palm and forearm face out with elbow at 90 degrees using a stretching device, turn away from body, and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. 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 cros...

How To: Do a shoulder stretch

Get those shoulders ready to exercise. Learn how to do exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: always stretch slowly, using a stretching device, rotate shoulder down to target deltoids, cross arm over chest and pull on elbow, holding for 15 to 30 seconds, and then rotate arms to loosen shoulders. 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 t...

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 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: Stretch the triceps

Increase flexibility and prevent injury by stretching the triceps. Learn how to do stretches and arm exercises in this video. Take action: hold stretch for 20-30 seconds, stretch when muscles are warm, and hold stretch at point of mild discomfort. Michelle, the instructor in this how-to video, is a personal trainer at a gym in NC and has been a personal trainer for several years. She is certified through ACE and is a certified aerobics instructor as well. Her Specialty is weight lifting and s...

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: 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.