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How to Do Pilates C Curve Positions

The C Curve is a movement of the spine that strengthens the deep abdominals while stretching the muscles of the back. The C Curve is a basic movement in Pilates that is used in many different exercises [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Hip-Up Position

The Hip-Up position is both a position and a fundamental exercise in Pilates. Here, you see how to form the Hip-Up position, which is a basic movement in Pilates that is used in many different Pilates [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Levitation Position

When you combine a Hip-Up position in Pilates with a little low butt squeeze, you get the Levitation position. The Levitation position is a basic movement that is used in many different exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Balance Point Position

Balance Point is both a position and a fundamental exercise in Pilates. Here, you see how to form the Balance Point position, which is a basic movement that is used in many different Pilates exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Stacking the Spine Position

Stacking the Spine — a basic movement in Pilates — is a finishing position to several exercises. It teaches articulation of the spine (full movement throughout all the vertebrae) as well as how to sit [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Abdominal Position

The Pilates Abdominal Position — a basic movement in Pilates — describes the placement of the upper body when performing the lion’s share of Pilates abdominal exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates First Position

The Pilates First Position — a basic movement in Pilates — is similar to a ballet dancer in first position who has her legs together and turned out from the hip, her knees facing away from each other, [more…]

How to Do Chair Dips

If you're traveling on the road and your hotel doesn't offer a gym, you can still perform exercises such as chair dips in your room. Exercising in your room is also a viable option if you are pressed for [more…]

How to Do Chair Squats

You can perform exercises such as chair squats in your hotel room if you're traveling on the road and your hotel doesn't offer a gym. Exercising in your room is also a viable option if you are pressed [more…]

How to Do Chair Abdominal Curls

If you're traveling on the road and your hotel doesn't offer a gym, you can perform exercises such as chair abdominal curlsin your room. Exercising in your room is also a viable option if you are pressed [more…]

How to Do Iso Lunges

You can perform exercises such as iso lunges in your hotel room if you're traveling on the road and your hotel doesn't offer a gym. Exercising in your room is also a viable option if you are pressed for [more…]

How to Do a Lat Stretch

If you're traveling on the road and your hotel doesn't offer a gym, you can perform exercises such as the lat stretch in your room. Exercising in your room is also a viable option if you are pressed for [more…]

How to Determine Your Heart Rate

Your heart rate, also known as your pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Before starting a fitness regime, your health assessment should include a measure of your resting heart rate [more…]

What's Your Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is a measurement of how open your blood vessels are. Low numbers mean that your heart doesn’t have to work very hard to pump the blood through your blood vessels. [more…]

How to Choose an Exercise DVD

You can buy exercise and fitness DVDs for muscle toning, step aerobics, yoga, kickboxing, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, belly dancing, Ta’i Chi, and much more. Use the Internet to read consumer reviews, order [more…]

How to Plan a Home Gym

If you want to get fit at home, be sure to cover all the bases when planning your home gym: aerobic fitness, strength, and flexibility. Before you even set foot in a fitness store, size up your goals, [more…]

How to Buy a Treadmill

A treadmill is a popular choice for a cardiovascular machine in a home gym if you enjoy fitness walking and jogging (or running). Treadmill prices have dropped considerably in the past few years, while [more…]

How to Buy an Elliptical Trainer

Part stair-climber, part treadmill, part stationary cycle, elliptical trainers are the hottest trend in cardio machines. Your legs travel in an elongated circular movement, and, on some models, you pump [more…]

How to Buy a Stair-Climber

Stair-climbers, also called steppers, have two foot plates you pump up and down to mimic the action of climbing stairs. Steppers usually have front or side rails that you hold onto for balance. Their consoles [more…]

How to Buy a Rowing Machine

A rowing machine (or rower) provides an effective cardiovascular workout that increases stamina, upper body endurance, strength, and flexibility. The latest rowers have a chain or cable that wraps around [more…]

How to Buy Exercise Bands and Tubes

Rubber exercise bands and tubes are an extremely versatile way to strengthen your muscles. They are great for traveling and are inexpensive — you can buy three or four bands for [more…]

How to Buy Ankle Weights

Ankle weights are great for making certain floor exercises (like leg lifts) more difficult. You’ll probably want ankle weights if you like body-sculpting exercise DVDs because at some point, lifting your [more…]

How to Buy Dumbbells

Free weights — dumbbells and barbells — are excellent strength training investments for a home gym: They’re simple, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. For a beginner, dumbbells [more…]

How to Buy Barbells

When purchasing free weights for strength training in a home gym, you can’t beat barbells for power lifts like bench pressing and squatting. Plus, barbells add even more variety to your workout than pairs [more…]

How to Buy Multi-Gym Weight Machines

Multi-gyms are those contraptions that look like a bunch of health-club weight machines welded to each other. Many people prefer multi-gyms to free weights or bands because they’re safe and easy to use [more…]

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