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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stretches Hamstrings Piriformis IT Band Shins Calves Low Back



Stretches for your Hamstrings, IT Band, Low Back, Shins, Calves
By: Michelle Rotell
Make sure to warm up your muscles before stretches. Move your joints around or take a warm shower before stretching. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds to get the most benefit. Release gently out of each stretch to prevent injury. Only stretch as far as you are comfortable. You should feel the stretch, but not pain. Breath slowly and controlled during each stretch. Holding your breath prevents you from stretching to your full potential.
 
Hamstrings, Lower Back: Forward fold:  Feet hip distance apart. Bend over and reach to your toes.









IT Band, Low Back, Hamstrings: Cross your right leg over your left. Your right foot may not be flat to the ground. That is ok. Bend over trying to reach to your toes. Keep your knees slightly bent. 
Slightly push your left hip to the side. The stretch will be on your left side. Repeat on the other side.





Shins: Great to prevent shin splints: In a standing position, place your right foot over your left foot with the top of your foot toward the ground and toes curled under. Your left shin should be resting on your right calf. Gently bend your left knee to place pressure on the front of your right foot stretching out your shin and the top of your right foot. Repeat on the other side.


  




Calves: Place your right leg behind you, and bend your left knee. Step 1: Try to press your right heel down with your right  leg straight stretching out your gastrocnemius and the back of the knee. Step 2: Slightly bend the back  knee and you will feel a different stretch lower in your calves called the soleus.
 
                      
 








 
 
Hamstrings: Hold one leg up and reach to your toes, repeat on other side.





IT band, glutes, low back inner thigh and hip stretch, Piriformis: (best stretch ever!) Place one leg on the other in a 4 position. Knees bent. Pull your legs into your chest. Repeat on other side.




Low Back, IT Band: Cross right leg over the left. Place arms directly out beside you. Twist body to the left dropping knees to the floor if you are comfortable. Keep legs crossed and twist body to the right keeping your arms directly out. Come back to the center. Repeat by crossing left leg over right. Twist to right, then to left.


Michelle Rotell
Sweat Cardio and Yoga
www.sweatcardio.com
951-302-0088
 


Monday, April 21, 2014

2 Hour Barre Method Workshop at Sweat Cardio and Yoga


Join Yvonne Davis for a two hour special event Bar Method Workshop April 27th 12-2pm. This includes a 90 minute barre workout, 15 minute break, and plenty of gentle stretching and basic yoga throughout and opportunity for discussion of safety, modifications, and clarification of exactly what muscles we are targeting. T...his is your opportunity to fine tune your Bar Method practice with Yvonne, exploring beginner/intermediate and advanced option choreography. $15 for members and members guests/$20 for non/members. You can register online www.sweatcardio.com at class schedule page April 27th date. Members need to call or come in to register to receive discounts price. 951-302-0088.
2 Hour Barre Workshop

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Planks Daily Fitness Motivation

Why Plank? It is quite simple really....to have strong abs, obliques, arms, shoulders, chest, back, glutes, hamstrings, shins, and more! Planks are considered one of the top ten exercises by the American Council of Exercise(ACE). When done correctly, planks are not easy. As you build your core muscles, you'll be able to hold a plank longer.
Written by: Summer Gamboa
www.sweatcardio.com

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Appreciate Everyday-Daily Motivation

That proud feeling you get when you realize that you are getting stronger because of all the hard work you are putting in is the best feeling. Whether that means you can now run that whole mile or walk up 2 flights of stairs or do more weight on your dead lift! Work Hard and BE Proud of what you achieve! — at Sweat Cardio.
Written by Summer Gamboa

Friday, February 7, 2014

Stretching-Giving your body the attention it needs

Stretching is one of the most important components of your fitness regime. It is the attention your body needs. Everyone, no matter what your fitness routine is, Cardio, Weight training, Cycling, Running, MMA fighting, Walking, Rowing, you get the point, should incorporate a stretching phase.
Ideally everyone should stretch after your workouts, but even better would be to designate specific time to warm up and just stretch out all your muscles.
Stretching your muscles, even the ones that you may think are not sore or tight, need to be lengthened to help with recovery, prevent injury or increase range of motion to a muscle that is tight from a previous injury.
As we get older, and we all do, no matter how fit you may be, our muscles get tighter and tighter. With that happening we tend do compensate with other muscles, or our bodies reform due to over worked mucscle.
For example, you sit at a desk all day long. You arms are reached forward, your back is slightly slouched at your desk, your shoulders are rounded forward and your knees are bent in your chair. As your arms are reached forward,your chest in clinched in. You back muscles as they are slouched take all the pressure, but your chest muscles become very tight and shortened. As your shoulders are rounded forward it puts stress on our neck and trapezius muscles (very top of the back). As your knees are bent in your chair, your hamstrings (the back of the thigh) tighten and shorten.
This is why the number one reason for low back pain is sitting at a desk or being sedentary. Those muscles need to be lengthened and stress needs to be release from your body.
Stretching your chest, upper and lower back, shoulders, neck, hips, abdominals, hamstrings, quadriceps (front of the thigh), and calvesis crucial to a long healthy life.
The key to a good stretch is to make sure your muscles are warm. You do not want to stretch with cold muscles. Roll out your joints and do active stretches prior to holding a stretch.
Each stretch should be help for at least 10-20 seconds to reap the benefits. Taking deep breathes as you are stretching will help release any tension and allow your body to relax into your stretch a little deeper.
Never stretch to where it hurts. A stretch should feel tension and resistance but should not hurt.
Using tools such as bands, a towel, a strap or even blocks to help you get into a stretch without discomfort is a good way to ease into a stretch or help you get the proper positioning.
Listen to your body. Ease out of each stretch slowly.

Think of your muscles as rubber bands. If you stretch it too much it will snap. If you pull it too hard it will snap. If you slowly work at it daily the rubber band will become loser but won't break. You want to take care of your rubber bands. Treat them with love and attention and they will love you back.
Look for a Gentle Yoga class or  a Stretch class near you.
To check out our class schedule go to www.sweatcardio.com
or call 951-302-0088 for more information.
Stay fit, Be well,
Sweat Cardio and Yoga
 Michelle Rotell, owner

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2 Hour Barre Sculpt Workshop-February 9th


Barre Sculpt is the latest fitness class to sweep the nation. It is a great way to tighten and tone your core, glutes, abs, legs, calves and arms. This is a total body workout. Barre Sculpt uses a combination of small isolated ballet moves, Yoga, sculpting and Pilates exercises to give you the best of the mind, body, spirit and soul workout.  Members have said that they have seen a difference in their bodies shape within a few weeks of taking this class. No dance background required. We supply all equipment such as the Ballet Bar, mats, small exercise balls, light weights. You bring the body. :)
 
Join Yvonne Davis for a two hour special event Bar Method Workshop Feb 9th 12-2pm. This includes a 90 minute barre workout, 15 minute break, and plenty of gentle stretching and basic yoga throughout and opportunity for discussion of safety, modifications, and clarification of exactly what muscles we are targeting. This is your opportunity to fine tune your Bar Method practice with Yvonne, exploring beginner/intermediate and advanced option choreography. $10 for members and members guests/ $15 for non/members. You can register online www.sweatcardio.com at the class schedule page Feb. 9th date. Members need to call or come in to register to receive discounts price. 951-302-0088.

We offer 1 hr Barre Sculpt classes Mondays 11a, Wednesdays 4;30p and Saturdays 10:30a. Drop in rates available as well as monthly memberships.
Sweat Cardio is located at 32839 Temecula Parkway  Suite A, Temecula, Ca 92592
We are here to motivate, inspire and spread health and fitness to be the best you you can be!