Flexibility & Stretching

Workouts for Increased Spinal Mobility and Restoring Muscle Tissue

Edward Massey • June 3, 2015
Muscle Recovery + Flexibility by Kelly Lee
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1. Muscle Recovery + Flexibility
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Kelly Lee is taking you Back to the Basics of Strength Training. If you're following the series, this class serves as a well-deserved stretch and recovery break from all the hard work you've been putting in. Kelly will guide you through active stretches designed to reduce tightness, stress, and tension while creating more mobility throughout your body. With increased mobility, you will help prevent injuries and improve your athletic performance.
2. HIIT #5 - Performance
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Get ready to do some really dynamic moves - over 16 different movements. Put everything you've learned in Sarah's other workouts into action. Grab your hand weights - if you have them, for a greater challenge - and have some fun. This workout offers a ton of variety with no repeating the same move twice.
3. Cardio Core #4 - Combo
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Jumpstart your metabolism with a lot of movement! This workout consists of a 10-minute Tabata-style (20-seconds on/10-seconds off) cardio session, followed by 13 minutes of core work. This is a great full body workout that will get your heart rate up and then focus on toning and sculpting the abs. Get after it and enjoy!
4. Mindful Movements #1 - Restore & Breathe
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This routine is designed to give your body a break following intense workouts from prior days and also to learn how to improve your breathing and open up tight muscles to enhance your performance in all of your activities. This is not a strenuous flow, but instead includes movements where you will be holding stretches and poses intended to promote recovery and rejuvenation. You will be amazed at how much your range of motion improved from the start of the routine to the end!
5. Cardio Core #2 - Flow
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This 30-minute workout incorporates light weights into a continuous flow of movement leaving you dripping and full of endorphins. Use this workout as a very active recovery from the HIIT workouts in Sarah's Mind, Body, Flow series to keep that metabolism up and your body moving on days you feel like you need a good sweat and natural energy boost.
6. Total Strength: Yoga for Total Body Flexibility
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Whether you are as flexible as a piece of chalk or a piece of rubber, this video is perfect to release tight aching muscles and improving your flexibility. In this video you will be taken through a variety of yoga poses and fitness stretches, designed for the less flexible, to keep you moving on your off days, and to improve your overall mobility. Join John Godfrey in this Grokker Premium Video as he helps you achieve total body flexibility in this short 20-minute stretching session.
7. Advanced Pilates: Intense Abs & Core Burn
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Ready to take it up to the next level? If yes, this full-body, ab-blasting Pilates routine is for you. In this video, Elaine builds on the movements from her beginner and intermediate Pilates/Abs videos and incorporates cardio blasts and intense toning movements. So if you are looking for a challenging routine that will have you sweating, grab a mat and let's get going.
8. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
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This is a great class for Intermediates and is focused on firing up the core, but also works on flexibility and balance. Many of the exercises are performed on the mat and Elaine offers a range of modifications for each movement to accommodate beginners and challenge the most advanced Pilates students. This low-impact, full body workout will get you tight and toned, so grab your mat and enjoy!
9. Low Impact Cardio and Toning Workout for Beginners
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Fitness Blender’s Beginner Workout is meant for advancing cardiovascular endurance, toning up the muscles in the body, and burning off a few extra calories. This is a low impact cardio workout that is relatively easy on the joints. Because it’s so low impact, it also makes a good recovery cardio workout for those days in between more intense strength training or high intensity intervals training (HIIT) days.
10. Stress Busting Yoga Pilates Workout - Relaxing Stretch Workout for Flexibility
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This yoga and pilates blend is a great stretching routine for after a tough workout. It's also effective to use before bed to help you relax and fall asleep faster. We hold each of the stretches in this routine for 30 seconds. Some of the exercises you see in this routine are more dynamic, and fluid, but the vast majority are static stretches. It's important to realize that you should not do a routine with static stretches before you do the rest of your workout, particularly any kind of tough HIIT routine or strength training. Holding stretches in a static position before you do your regular workout can put you at risk for injury, so make sure that you save these kinds of flexibility and stretching workouts for after your workout is finished.
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