How to Do a Back Extension

Back extensions are a terrific exercise for strengthening the lower back, which is often overlooked but essential to a strong, healthy core. Back extensions specifically target the erector spinae, which is made up of three muscles: the illiocostalis lumborum, longissimus thoracis and the spinalis.… Read the rest

How to Do a Leg Curl

Leg curls are considered an isolation exercise as they solely target the hamstrings. The hamstrings are a set of muscles made up of the semitendinosus, semimembranosus and the biceps femoris. A standard leg curl is performed using a leg curl machine, but the exercise can be adapted for those without access to a gym.… Read the rest

How to Do a Seated Calf Raise

Seated calf raises are an isolation exercise that works to target the gastrocnemius and soleus of the calves. It requires very little “equipment” to be performed; all you need is a chair and a weight of some sort, making this a powerful addition to every fitness enthusiast’s exercise routine.… Read the rest

How to Do a Back Squat

Back squats are another classic weight lifting exercise that is very well known for strengthening the lower body. This exercise targets the spinal erectors of the lower back, as well as the glutes and hamstrings, also known as the posterior chain.… Read the rest

How to Do a Leg Extension

Leg extensions are known as an open chain kinetic exercise that targets the quadriceps of the upper legs. The standard exercise requires the use of a machine but can be modified for those without access to a gym or equipment.… Read the rest

How to Do a Seated Row

This is a static seated exercise that uses a weighted cable machine and horizontal pulling movement to work the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids and trapezius of the back. The forearms, biceps and triceps come into play as stabilizer muscles during the movement.… Read the rest