Strengthen Your Back with Pilates

How To : Avoid back pain with back-strengthening exercises

Your core - or, according to the discipline of pilates, your powerhouse - is the point from which all you movements originate. That's why it is vital to maintain a strong, healthy core that helps reduce lower back strain and chances of injury. This video goes over the top thr ...more

How To : Strengthen back muscles with tube pull downs

Learn how to do tube pull downs. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Get a quality warm up and workout for your lats, traps, and rhomboids with the resistance of tube pull-downs. Muscles Worked Back (lats, traps, rhomboids) Starting Position Take one ...more

How To : Strengthen you back with lower back extensions

Learn how to do lower back extensions. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits This exercise isolates and strengthens the often-neglected lower back muscles. Muscles Worked Lower back Starting Position Lie face downward on the back extension machine. Your ...more

How To : Strengthen your back with tube rows

Learn how to do tube rows. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Resistance tubes are a great alternative to the cable machine, because with tubes the resistance becomes greatest when the muscle is at its most flexed. For tube rows, keep your motion conti ...more

How To : Do the bridge exercise to strengthen the back

This how to video is a demonstration of an exercise which contributes to back strength and core stability. The bridge exercise should not be attempted if you have shoulder problems. Watch this tutorial and you will be able to do the bridge exercise.

How To : Do a pilates obliques roll back exercise

This pilates how-to video illustrates the Obliques Roll Back exercise. This is a challenging rotational pilates exercise for athletes and advanced clients. Obliques Roll Back targets the obliques, transversus abdominis and rectus abdominis. Focus on opening your hip joints to ...more

How To : Do the beginner pilates move Front & Back kick

Search "Pilates animation" on Wonderhowto for other more videos by this user. If you are looking a for a quick pilates reference, take a look at this pilates animation. This a quick & easy, clearly explained diagram of the pilates mat exercise: Classical Pilates for Beginners ...more

How To : Treat lower back pain with a Pilates Reformer

In this clip, you'll learn how to reduce pack pain through use of a Pilates Reformer exercise device. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding acciden ...more

How To : Strengthen abs with hula hoop pilates

Pilates is a great exercise for toning abs, but seldom do pilates junkies break a sweat. Turn the sticky mat sport into a cardio routine by watching this video on how to do hula hoop pilates. Pilates instructor Jen Bleier, who teaches Hoopilates classes in New York, will show ...more

How To : Strengthen hip muscles with a Pilates arc routine

This clip demonstrates a technique to strengthen the muscles that balance the hip using a Pilates arc. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accide ...more

How To : Strengthen your mid and upper back with a yoga routine

In this yoga how-to video Esther demonstrates a routine to strengthen your upper and mid back. Start on your hands and knees and curl your back. Proceed to downward dog and then plank pose. Watch to learn more about strengthening your mid and lower back with this yoga routine.

How To : Do the Swimming pilates exercise

Swimming is an original Pilates exercise that strengthens the muscles of the back and strengthens the core. By focusing on pulling in the abdominals (even though you're lying on them!) you'll not only flatten the abs but also protect the lower back. Watch this fitness how to v ...more

How To : Do the Prone leg lift pilates exercise

The Prone leg lifts are variations of the classical pilates exercise the Swan Dive. This exercise tones and strengthens the back of the legs (hamstrings and glutes) and improves hip extension, both necessary components of a good Swan Dive. Remember to keep your abdominal muscl ...more

How To : Do the Mini-Teaser pilates exercise

All practioners of Pilates are familiar with the original Pilates exercise "the Teaser." These "mini-teasers" are precursors to the full teaser to teach you how to do it right. By learning proper form, you will learn to strengthen and tone your abdominals without straining you ...more

How To : Do a hand to foot stability ball pass

Learn how to do a hand to foot stability ball pass. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits This Pilates-based exercise will help strengthen your core and train your balance and coordination. Starting Position Lie on the floor on your back. Hold a stabilit ...more

How To : Do the half swan pilates exercise

Katherine and Kimberly Corp show you how to do the half swan pilates exercise. This exercise is used for relieving neck and shoulder tension and strengthening the upper back muscles.

How To : Do a side leg lift circle pilates exercise

The side leg lift series is part of the classical Pilates repertoire and the circles strengthen the core, flatten the abdominal muscles and tone the inner and outer thighs. If you feel strain in your lower back, bring your legs slightly forward of your body, but for a real cha ...more

How To : Do the Superman pilates exercise

The Superman is a variation on original pilates exercises that strengthens the muscles of the upper back and improves posture. Be sure to keep the shoulders down, especially when the arms reach forward, in order to keep tension out of the neck and shoulders. The Superman stren ...more

How To : Do the Short Plank pilates exercise

Short Plank is derived from original pilates exercises in order to teach proper abdominal and torso support in the push up position. The exercise in this how to video will strengthen your core, strengthen your shoulder girdle stabilizers and target the deep muscles of the abdo ...more

How To : Do a one leg kick pilates exercise

The one leg kick is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the hamstrings and glutes. You'll tone the back of the legs and firm your butt while increasing your abdominal strength as you hold your abs off the floor. If you have tight quads, only bend your knee as far as ...more

How To : Do the Swan Dive Graceful Rock pilates exercise

Swan Dive Graceful Rocks is a variation on the original Pilates exercise "Swan Dive." It strengthens the gluteus muscles (so your butt will get firmer.) and increases flexibility of the spine. Keeping your abdominal muscles engaged throughout will increase core strength and pr ...more

How To : Do a Hip Twist pilates exercise

The Hip Twist is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominals and the core. By focusing on a modest range of motion to start and the correct use of the abdominal muscles, your abs will get stronger and flatter and you will protect your lower back. Watch this fi ...more

How To : Do the Neck Pull #1 pilates exercise

Neck Pull #1 is an easier version of the original Pilates exercise Neck Pull which helps build strength and increase spinal flexibility. By focusing on keeping the abdominal muscles pulled in flat throughout the exercise, the lower back is always protected and the abdominal mu ...more

How To : Become aware of your pelvic placement

Pilates exercises involve strengthening the core and flattening the abs, so why are your instructors always talking about the pelvis? This how to video explains the importance of pelvic placement and how it relates to the lower back and the muscles around the hip joint. Just b ...more

How To : Do the double leg kick pilates exercise

The Double Leg Kick is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the muscles of the back and increases flexibility of the spine. As this exercise involves a lot of spinal extension, it is important to keep your abdominal muscles engaged and progress through this exercise a ...more

How To : Do the half camel pose (Ardha-Ushtrasana) in Yoga

Ardha-Ushtrasana, or Half Camel Pose, is a Yoga pose designed to help strengthen your neck, back, pelvis and abdominal muscles while also helping you to relax. It's great for relieving back ache, rounded back, and drooping shoulders. In this video you will get a quick tutorial ...more

How To : Do reverse dumbbell flys on incline bench

Learn how to do reverse dumbbell flys on incline bench. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Making sure your shoulders are evenly balanced from front to back is a must. Use this exercise to both strengthen and develop the back of your shoulders. The incl ...more

How To : Do a 30 minute pilates workout

Katherine and Kimberly Corp show you how to do a thirty minute (30 min) pilates workout to tone your abs, strengthen your core, and improve spinal flexibility. This is ideal for beginners, and advanced practitioners looking for a challenge.

How To : Exercise for women with bigger breasts

Sophie Rycott demonstrates how women with large breasts may exercise. She describes how to strengthen the key muscles to conquer upper back and shoulder tension and pain and be free from discomfort. Four exercises you can do are: the dart, pull down, push ups, and hug a tree. ...more

How To : Do the pilates stomach series

The Pilates Stomach Series is also known as the “fabulous five,” because of the wonderful way the five movements tone the tummy. You will need a mat, floor space, and some flexibility. Pilates tip: If at any time your lower back comes off the mat, bring your legs higher as you ...more

How To : Do seated reverse flys

Learn how to do seated reverse flys. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Seated reverse dumbbell flys strengthen and develop the rear deltoids, the often-used but hard-to-isolate back of your shoulders. Muscles Worked Shoulders (rear deltoids) Startin ...more

How To : Warm up and cool down for pilates

Sophie Rycott demonstrates how you can warm up and cool down for pilates. There are four warm ups: shoulder rolls, feet circles and flexes, hip rotation, and arm opening. There are four cool downs as well: neck and spine stretch, hip and gluteus stretch, hip flexor stretch, an ...more

How To : Practice the pilates spine twist exercise

This pilates how-to video illustrates the Pilates Spine Twist exercise. This exercise is great for spinal rotation. The Spine Twist exercise targets the transversus abdominis, pelvic floor, obliques and scapular stabilizers. Focus on maintaining abdominal contraction to preve ...more

How To : Use Pilates to get skinny legs and thighs

In this Fitness video tutorial you will learn how to use pilates to achieve slimmer legs and thighs. Lie down flat on your back, hands extended along the side of the body and both legs up. Put one leg down and circle the raised leg for eight to twelve times. Keep both hips and ...more

How To : Raise your metablism with yoga power poses

In this video, we learn how to raise your metabolism with yoga power poses. The style and level that you do while doing yoga poses can help you burn a lot of calories and sweat. You will work the larger muscles of your body, which will speed up your metabolism and help you bur ...more

How To : Do alternate stepback lunges with a plate twist

Learn how to do step back lunges with a plate twist. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Strengthen the stability of your core and your hips as you give your legs a workout. Using a weight plate and body twist adds an intense edge to the classic lunge. ...more

How To : Dp flat bench leg lifts

Learn how to do flat bench leg lifts. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life. Benefits Looking for a excellent way to flatten and strengthen the lower abdominal muscles? The flat bench leg lifts hits the lower abdominals directly for an excellent isolated workout. M ...more

How To : Strengthen abs and core muscles with free weights

We're going to look at 2 great core strengthening exercises. The Core Area, the abdominals, definitely corresponds with a stronger back so it's something that you want to do several times a week, once the body is warmed up, and remember to keep breathing so that you're supplyi ...more

How To : Do the top three exercises for shoulders and back

Strengthen your back and shoulders with Dave's top three exercises. Follow along in this fitness how-to video to learn how to do squeezers, 90/90s and rowing with thumbs up. These three different exercises are sure to help strengthen and sculpt your shoulders and back.

How To : Do the donkey leg stretch

Learn how to do the donkey leg stretch exercise with this tutorial. The donkey leg stretch is a back and buttock muscle strengthening exercise. Watch this how to video and you can strengthen your back and butt with the donkey leg exercise.

How To : Execute unilateral pull downs for weight training

Unilateral pull down are an essential part of lifting weights and strength training. This fitness how-to video tutorial demonstrates how to strengthen the back with unilateral pull downs. Learn tips and techniques for working out the chest, back, shoulders, and arms in this we ...more

How To : Perform the Janu Sirasanasa Head to Knee Yoga Pose

If you are looking for a low impact exercise with tremendous benefits, consider exploring yoga. This pose, called Janu Sirasanasa, or Head to Knee pose, will stretch and strengthen your back, legs, core and internal organs. Practicing yoga can also bring calm and clarity to th ...more

How To : Do the cat and camel back exercise

Learn how to do the cat and camel exercise with this tutorial. The cat and camel is a exercise for the lumbar region of the back. You can strengthen your lower back with the cat and camel exercise shown in this how to video.

How To : Lift a heavy cooler without hurting your back

Fitness trainer Sonny Wang shows you how to lift a heavy cooler properly so you don't hurt your back. Then, he gives a couple of exercises you can do at the beach or park to strengthen your back and abs. One of the exercises uses the cooler. Sonny is a fitness trainer and gues ...more

How To : Do the donkey kick exercise

Learn how you can do the donkey kick exercise with this fitness tutorial. Donkey kicks strengthen your lower back and gluts. With the steps in this how to video you can get in shape with donkey kicks.

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