Active Lunge to target the Hip Flexors

HI Everyone!

Todays stretch is an active lunge.  Combining stretch and strengthen in an exercise is an excellent way to gain flexibility.  This exercise targets the hip flexors mainly but there are tons of secondary stretches going on which make it a great flexibility stretch for the lower body.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Hamstring stretch

Hi Everyone!

This week we are doing a static hamstring stretch lying down.  This is a very basic stretch that targets the entire back of the leg.  While performing the exercise remember gluts in contact with the ground and heel towards the ceiling.  Don’t forget to use the breath! It makes the stretch more effective and easier to hold :-)

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Shoulder WarmUp Lying

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Warm-up for the shoulders today.  This is a very simple exercise to help get the shoulders ready for your workout!  Focus is on keeping proper posture through the entire range of motion.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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IT Band Stretch

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today’s stretch is an intense one!  This iliotibial band stretch can be done with a bent or straight leg (I”m demonstrating it with a straight leg).  Important to use the breath as this is an uncomfortable stretch for most people.  As you pull the leg across the body, think foot towards your opposite shoulder.  Try and bring the glut back down towards the floor (this will intensify the stretch).  Another way to increase the stretch is by straightening the supporting leg along the floor.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Cat Stretch

Hi Everyone!

Cat stretch today!  I love this active back stretch.  I do it in the mornings when I wake up & if I’ve had an extremely active day then I do it at night as well.  This video is a slower version concentrating on control of movement and breath.  It can also be done a little quicker: exhale to round the back.  Inhale to straighten.

Very important to keep a slight abdominal contraction when in a neutral spine (starting position) so you don’t go into a fully arched back.

Remember to relax your head when in the rounded position!

Enjoy & stretch carefully.

Sarah

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Tight Quadriceps

Hi Everyone!

I want to start by saying, I”m sorry for the video quality!!  I promise the next “on location” video will be shot with a much better camera!!!! The background of Tower Bridge in London is just so beautiful I HAD to put this one up. OH right and of course the stretch! Haha.

This quad stretch is fun, because we focus on contracting the standing leg by raising the heel (relieve in ballet terms)!  The reason we do this is to help relax the leg that’s being stretched.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Dynamic Tricep Stretch

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Hi Everyone,

I know, another voice over!  The millennium bridge is so busy there was no way you were going to hear anything I said in this video.  This is a basic tricep stretch with a little muscular contraction to help increase range of motion.  With the small contraction (and it doesn’t take much) you’ll find that you can increase the intensity of the stretch.  Once you’ve reached the desired level, hold it and take a few breathes before relaxing out of it.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Dynamic Shoulder Stretch

Hi Everyone,

Happy Tuesday!  Today we are doing a dynamic shoulder stretch.  This is the perfect warm-up exercise to do before your training to get the entire shoulder joint ready for your workout.  It is also a great exercise to do post workout and focus on ROM (range of motion).  Important notes for this stretch:  try and keep a neutral spine…it’s very easy to arch your back too much especially when trying to increase mobility with the arms overheard.  A good trick is to bend the knees slightly and that helps take the pressure off your spine.  Using the breath is key to this stretch, try exhaling as you reach your arms overhead and behind and remember to keep the shoulders down).

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Calf stretch at Big Ben

 

Hi Everyone,

Here is a static calf stretch that I did at Big Ben in London, England.  As you can see, this stretch is easy to do anywhere and is the perfect compliment to a day of non-stop walking!  Since it’s such a simple stretch, I thought some interesting background was in order.  Remember to breath and lean forward.  Pretty simple :-)

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Neck stretch with some Olympians!

Hi Peeps!

One more video from Cuba!  A huge thank you to Jenn, Ro, Meg and Monica for taking time out from training to be in the video!!!!  This neck stretch can be very effective but make sure not to put too much pressure on the head.  You want to feel a slight pull in the trapezius and shoulder.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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