Hey folks, Andrew here from EarthFIT wanted to bring you your neck stretches for at home. Amazing people who have migraines, neck pain in general, forward head lean things like that. This is part of the process for kind of rehabbing, but also helping yourself out a little bit.
What we’re gonna do is we’re actually gonna take one hand, place it underneath our butt and sit on it. The opposite hand goes up slowly, pulls our head down the side, nose forward, nose forward, head down to the side, to the same side here. This is the scalene were stretching, hold for 30 seconds. Deep breaths, and go a little bit more, but don’t try to crank your head downward, right? A light stretch is sufficient and we’ll get you good results. Then you switch sides both for 30 seconds. Do that morning and evening. And throughout your day, especially you computer workers and you drivers who had your head down and shoulders up and whatnot.
Great for you to do your stretch that way. Obviously you want to hit the other side, the levator scapula, right? That’s going to be like this same exact positioning.
You’re going to turn your head to the opposite armpit or opposite shoulder, and then bring your head downward like this. You’re gonna feel kinda more of that back side of your neck. Amazing. If probably relieving right away when you do it, it’s an amazing stretch. Do that again. 30 seconds. Hold each side twice a day. And throughout your day, as you feel your neck pain, and then the bonus is neck rotation. I’m going to fast go, go nice and slow for neck rotations. And I’ll give you guys a lot more neck stretches along with shoulders and chest and lats and QL at the thoracic and lumbar and hips and knees and feet and ankles and calves. So much more to learn. I’ll see you guys on the other side.
Hey everybody! Andrew here, coach at EarthFIT. Welcome to another series of stretches. This one’s going to focus on our Quadratus Lumborum and our Lats.
A Lot of people who sit all day long with bad posture, but also who are active all day long or are golfers, are tennis players who rotate right a lot, runners who rotate those hips, move those hips for running and things like that. The lats and the QL are going to be very tight for us, causing a lot of issues.
So what we’re going to do is take one hand placed on top of our head, right? Just like this. Then the opposite hand reaches across our body and holds on to our thigh. And we’re going to lean towards that one side, which is opposite of our elbow that’s up here and we’re going to hold on to our thigh here as we lean to the opposite side, you need to feel that stretch all the way down here. Now for me, I want to get an extra lats stretch.
So I only bring my shoulder and my hand all the way back behind here. As you can see for that extra lat stretch, as it leans to that one side and do 30 seconds, maybe three rounds of that on one side, 30 seconds, three rounds of that on the opposite side for those extra stretches. Do that night and day, you’ll feel amazing and a lot better off.
Hey everybody! Coach Andrew here, coming at you with another amazing at home stretch video. We’re focusing here today – chest and anterior delts anterior shoulder.
This is huge for posture bringing the shoulders down and back. We harp on it in our sessions all of the time, tight chest, tight shoulders cause a lot of pain, even in the lower back, the mid back and the upper back lot of neck issues too as well. I can go on forever, but if we have better posture and better positioning, our joint actions will become a lot easier, a lot better, a lot less painful. So chest, very important to stretch out.
You’re going to get into a half kneeling position next to a bed or a couch, or even a chair you’re going to hinge at the hips, put your elbow, the closest elbow down on that surface. And you’re going to thoracically rotate, which is rotating upper body-wise outward away from the surface, keeping that elbow on the surface as an anchor so that you can actually stretch that same side chest and shoulder. I’ll show you another side too, as well.
We’re going to hold this for 30 seconds. Hold that stretch for 30 seconds, a maximum of two minutes per side night and day. And you’ll be well on your way for a lot of pain relief and a lot of better posture along with other things. So see you guys.
Hey everybody, coach Andrew here at EarthFIT bringing you another amazing stretch. This time it’s for your quads and some of the other deeper quad muscles that we have going on in our bodies.
This is how we set this up, right? So we take a pillow for at home, of course, and a couch or the side of the bed. If you’re okay with this, you’re gonna first get into this kneeling position.
And then I’m going to bend over, put my hands on the floor and put my foot up on the edge of that couch. Now I’m in this position, half kneeling, knee on a pillow and my ankle resting on the edge. So in order to get the quad to stretch out a little bit, all you have to do I mean, nice tall chest, right? Lean your hips back. But then you’re just going to slowly sit those hips or bring those hips backward towards your heel. You can definitely feel that quad stretch right there.
And then for a little, little extra bonus, all you have to do is bring the same side, arm straight up to the ceiling, and then you’re going to lunge/ lean forward. Don’t lean at the hips or the back, right? You’re just going to shift your weight forward, keeping your upper body straight upward until you feel the TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae), that hip flexor stretch in the front. So you kind of get in a double whammy feeling so you can do your quad stretch like this. Your hip flexor stretch like that for the interior side of your lower extremities. I’ll see you guys soon in the next video.
Hey everybody! Andrew here, coach at EarthFIT bringing you amazing stretch at home series for your pesky piriformis, this muscle group attaches to the hip and the back. It does a lot of the work the glutes should be doing for you. If you have weak glutes, your piriformis is going to be very overactive, almost guaranteed, right? So this also caused a lot of pressure in the SI joint and hips, allowing sciatica to take place and lower back pain. So this is crucial for you to learn here.
What we’re going to do is you can grab a bed, a bench and couch, and you’re going to simply start out with putting an ankle in front of you, perpendicular to your body, and slowly bend that back knee dipping the hips straight down to the floor. This knee is going to start to lower towards the surface, and you’re going to feel that back, right, right about here in the piriformis, you want to hip hinge forward. You don’t want to round the shoulders. Again, you’re trying to protect that low back and have better posture here.
Now, if you’re not comfortable standing like that, because it doesn’t require a lot of strength and stability, then we’re going to lay on our back, ankle on top of our opposite knee, pulling the bottom of our opposite knee towards our chest. We’re using this leg here. That’s 90 degrees as leverage, pulling this knee backward, this shin backward towards my body. So I can feel the piriformis on the opposite side, right?
Here’s another variation to prone position. Some people like it, they do it a lot in Yoga. You’re going to bring that ankle right up the perpendicular. And then you’re slowly going to hip hinge and put pressure on the ankle a little bit, put pressure downward, at least until you feel that piriformis stretch kind of how to maybe finagle a little bit…
Now, find that kind of causing some knee pain, especially if you have an ACL or MCL issues and things like that, or just very tight calves, right? And we just kind of causes some knee pains. So you, you don’t have to do the pigeon pose, but also it causes a little too much of a stress sometimes. But anyway, hold each one of those for 30 seconds, two minutes max – morning and evening, you’ll be well on your way to alleviating some of those issues or just bettering your hip movements. See you later.
Hey Everybody! Andrew here, coach at EarthFIT, bringing you your amazing hamstring stretch, done the right way. This is a technique that I use to get my hamstrings stretched out.
I use them a lot. We all do. They’re responsible for a lot of hip movement, knee extension. If you have tight hamstrings, a lot of people have poor knee extension. Like things like that. We don’t want that. We would use them in squatting, deadlifting, right? All that stuff.
So here’s how we do it. Grab a couch or a chair that’s stable, sturdy. We’re going to get a nice base of support here. We’re not going to be wobbly off balance or have something underneath our feet or anything like that. You’re going to bring your heel up on that surface, toes up to the ceiling to start with, you’re going to have a slight bend in your knee, but if you don’t have any knee issues and you’re okay with straightening out your knee all the way, please do that. It’s going to be a little bit easier to get into the stretch. You’re then tall chest, shoulders back. You’re going to hinge forward until you feel a 4/5 out of 10. In terms of that stretch in the hamstrings, the back of the legs. You’re not going to round your shoulders and bend over to try to touch your toes. That’s the wrong way, the wrong way to stretch your hamstrings. So many people do this. It’s not going to not work on your low back.
Okay? So hinge forward. Feel that stretch then for the second stretch, all you’re going to do is externally rotate your hips. Your foot goes out meaning. Then you hinge, this is to get your semitendinosus and semimembranosus, the semi sisters. Those are the medial hamstring complex. Hold that, relax and breathe. And then you’re going to internally rotate your hip. Your foot is going to go inside, hinge forward again. I’m going to feel more of that lateral outside of the hamstring, which is your biceps femoris. You got to hit all three cause there’s three hamstring muscle complexes, right? You got to stretch all three of them. Hold for 30 seconds. Do not just do a quick boom boom, in and out. It’s not gonna work. It’s not going to help. You’re not gonna get the results you’re looking for. And then hold for a maximum two minutes per side in, and in the middle so you can get your hamstrings stretched out. I’ll see you in the next video, for your next stretch.
Hey everybody! Andrew, EarthFIT coach here, bringing you the Calf Stretch. We’re going to have two muscle groups that we’re stretching here. The gastrocnemius and soleus.
Two muscles are very responsible for a lot of things – foot movement, ankle movement, and a lot of causation of knee pain. So let’s come over here.
At home you’re going to grab a step or a wall. They don’t mind getting dirty. Unless you take your shoes off. They’re going to come over to your step or your wall. You can put your foot, the ball of your foot up on that wall, or step toes up to the ceiling. And you’re actually going to keep your knees straight and hands on the hips forward, putting a little bit of pressure down on the ball of your foot, allowing that calf the back of the leg to stretch. This is the gastrocnemius stretch here.
Then the soleus stretch. All you do is bend your knee towards your toe and hinge forward. You automatically feel a slightly different area stretching, maybe even the Achilles tendon, which is always good. Hold for 30 seconds minimum each stretch, breathe and relax and allow that muscle to stretch. If you fight the stretch, you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for. Relax that muscle group, hold that stretch and relax it. Breathe for 30 seconds at the minimum, maximum of 2 minutes per muscle group, you’re going to be well on your way. Do it twice a day morning when you wake up, evening when before you go to sleep and definitely mobility work from the knees downward before you work out, I’ll see you guys later.
Hey everybody! Andrew here, coach at EarthFIT. I’m here to address the elephant in the room that we all are experiencing every single day, whether we know it or not – joint pain, whether it’s an injury 15 years ago, whether it’s sitting there just popped up yesterday or something that we may get into later on as you may start feeling sciatica, headaches, shoulder pain, rotator cuffs are all messed up, ACL’s, MCL’s, knee pains, plantar fasciitis in the feet, whatever it may be low back pain in general, I’m here to tell you I put together a series of videos coming up on how to get stretching at home, how to work on your mobility at home so that we can start the process. Start it, start the process of feeling better and getting a better quality of life and better posture, better technique when we’re coming in here, working on our fitness.
Repetitive movements and postures all day – Am I doing texting, computer work, golfing, fishing, standing up, moving boxes, whatever, whatever it may be playing with our grandkids, sleeping. We have bad postures throughout the entire day, all day, 24 hours a day, repetitively causing overactive muscle groups to pull on the joint improperly causing really bad joint mechanics because on the other side of that joint is going to be the opposing antagonistic muscle group 9 times out of 10, that is weakened and lengthened. So if they’re not getting the neuro drive in the activation and the strength and the stability it needs along with other things, this is a very basic explanation. And the other side of that joint is overactive in tight and pulling too much. Your joint mechanics are going to be off, your joint alignment is going to be off. You’re going to have pain. You’re going to be pressing down on nerves, soft tissues. You’re going to be pulling on tendons and improperly moving those tendons and ligaments causing sprains and strains and micro tears. Not going to be good, this is not going to get better if you don’t do anything about it. So watch my videos coming up on the content. I’ll see you guys in here for more strength and conditioning, more fitness, more health and more motivation. Let’s go.
“Peace EarthFIT family! Lev here, just wanted to take a moment to discuss the habit that will be… that we’ll be focusing on this week. And that is recovery. Recovery is so important and often understated and underestimated. If you don’t take time to recover, you’re not going to see the gains in the gym, you will not be able to replenish your energy levels. And over time, it’s really easy to deplete yourself and, for longevity, but also in the short term for your gains is super, super crucial that you take time to recover every day. And, um, so for those of you who are training, for those of you coming to EarthFIT, you have the blessing of having the BioCharger, the sauna, you got massage, you got breath-work and trainers, awesome trainers that are coaching you on how to recover and you know, breathe deeply. And for those of you who are staying at home, I wanted to share three different practices that I use for my own recovery. And they’re very simple. I challenge you to try one for at least 10 minutes every day for your recovery and doing awesome. Keep it up. Hope you enjoy this.”
(1) Body Scan
“Peace EarthFIT family! So in this video, I want to share with you the art of body scan. This is a very ancient practice. You’ll see it in Qigong, in yoga, in ancient Kemetic or ancient Egyptian meditative practices. And the goal of body scanning is to bring your awareness into your body. And, one thing that we understand as holistic practitioners and as health practitioners is that our mind and our body are not disconnected. That our mind extends into all the different areas in our body. They have different intelligences that are stored in different areas in the body. And so this helps to integrate all the different aspects of ourselves. It’s very simple. You can take just 10 minutes or as long as you’d like, there’s no time limit to how long you can do it. And, but you wanna really take at least 10 minutes. So we’re gonna start by just getting in a comfortable position, laying down on the floor, palms facing up towards the ceiling.
And we’re going to breathe, feeling abdomen and feeling your body as low as you can. You know, as deep as you can bring your breath, you want to bring it there. And as you breathe, you want to bring your, your mind and your awareness beginning with your, with your toes. You’re going to bring your awareness to your toes without wiggling your toe, without moving at all. You want it to be as still as possible, any impulse that your body has to move. You want to just observe it and you want to take note of it, but don’t move. Just try to use the power of restraint and just, just observe your body. So you’re going to start from your toes. Then you’re going to go to the knuckles. When your feet, then your ankle, then you’re going to go up through your legs, into your knee.
Then you’re going to bring your awareness into your hip. And then you’re going to bring your awareness up through your back, and then your awareness into your shoulders, your awareness into your elbows. Awareness into your wrist, into your hands, to your fingertips. Now back to your pelvic region, bring your awareness up to each organ, your intestines, your stomach, your pancreas, your spleen, your liver, gallbladder, your rib cage, using your breath. All you’re doing is breathing into those places and bringing your mind to those places, bringing it to your heart and your lungs, bringing it up into your face and into your head. And as you go to each area, we just want to relax that area and breathe into that area. And by the end of it, you will find yourself in such a deep state of relaxation and connection in your body. I wish you all success with this.”
(2) Self Massage “Beat The Body”
“Peace EarthFIT family! So in this video, I want to talk to you all about self massage and share with you all the techniques that I use to help relax my body. In my day to day, I do this daily and it’s very simple and it’s a concept called, beating the body. And no, we are not beating the body in a way that hurts the body and causes pain or bruising or anything like that. But we do want to stimulate the tissues in the body by just, you know, with a nice pressure – tapping, in massage you call this tapotement and with this tapping, you know, you can start real gentle and start to the more you can relax, the harder you can actually hit. And every time you hit the body, you breathe and you exhale. So we start off just… (Please watch the video) It’s really good to do on your organs, lower back, the kidneys. You can do it to your arms and you want to really just relax into the strikes and, you know find ways… Once you relaxed, you can actually hit with some force and it’s gonna feel really good, but you want to make sure you’re relaxing fully. So try and be able to touch every part of your body or every needy part of your body, and in case with this a lot of muscle tissue. You want to be able to reach as high as you can on your back. You can try different hand positions, some of you would like to do cupping. Some people use the fist. I like the fist as well as just the flat, flat hand also works depending on the area and the neck you know, you may want to try the fingertips, and just find ways to help your body relax along with this. So that’s one technique for self massage.
Another technique is I like to use glass jars and what you can do, you can wrap the jar in a towel, even better. Fill the jar up with some hot water and seal the jar, and then wrap it in a towel. And now here, you can gently do some, some self massage. They sell, they sell rollers, you know, and a lot of (workout source) That you can buy and basically you find the muscle that you’re tensing and you can just roll immediately out. It’s a great form of self massage. You can do this with tennis balls or lacrosse balls. Some people do even golf balls. That’s really intense, but, you can stick them in a sock and just you know, place them wherever, wherever it feels like it’s helpful. You can place it in your neck, roll on to it in different ways.
Yeah, real details or you can broaden the strokes. It’s a lot of different places. Just explore, get to know your body. Find those places that your body needs to release the tension, find the places where you hold the tension and relax into it. Anyway, try to spend 10 minutes and just go through your whole body and let me know how you feel.”
“Peace EarthFIT family! Just want to take the time here to share with you all 2 stretches that you can do in your day to day, to help with recovery, to restore your energy levels, to increase your vitality and to enhance your immunity in your body. So, the first stretch is a hip opener and a lower back release and it builds energy in the low back and in the kidneys specifically. We’re gonna find a nice, comfortable position with our sit bones on the ground spine, nice and long. Your feet do not have to be squeezed up close to you. They can be in just a comfortable position in front of you. We’re going to take our elbows and press our knees into the ground, and we’re going to initiate a movement of resistance. Wherein applying our own resistance onto our knees and the knees are pressing in towards each other. So it’s going to go like this. We’re going to inhale fully on the exhale, squeezing the knees in towards each other, resisting with the arm. When you come to the top, you’re going to inhale again, keeping that tension and on the exhale, pressing the knees back to the ground as the knees, continue to press up towards each other resisting and just really press those knees down as they’re pressing up. Let’s do it again. (Please watch the video)
All right. So the next stretch we’re going to come and we’re going to be working on our balance on the two sides of the body. And we’re working on lengthening the muscles all along the backside of the body. So we’re going to start by forward bending at the hips, leaning with the heart. We’re going to come down and if you can place your hands flat on the ground, you can bend your knees a little bit and just find a nice, solid position where your feet, your heels, your weight is in your heels and your hands distributed equally. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to walk a little forward and lift one leg up off the ground. In this position, we’re going to inhale, extending our leg and our head and exhale, straightening this knee, and lifting that leg towards the sky… and back. Let me try it again, inhale one more time inhale. Switch leg. Now, after you do both legs, we’re going to come and we’re going to lift up, opening our chest and then bending again from the hips here, sinking into our heels, lifting our toes off the ground.
For those who can’t put their hands on the ground, work with the chair. So you can do the same, the same stretches modified with the chair. So extending, standing the head and the foot, making it long working on your balance, breathing in on the exhale, extending that leg. I hope you enjoy these stretches. You will feel the effects immediately. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me personally, remember to spend at least 10 minutes going back and forth between the stretches in that order, starting with the butterfly stretch, and then going to the lengthening of the backside of the body stretch.”
After years of studying anatomy, kinesiology, flexibility and mobility,
I created this full body stretching routine that targets all the areas of
the entire body that need the most love. If you are already an EFer,
you know this routine well 🙂
You may have heard me mention this before… static stretching is the
most productive and beneficial after you have worked out and can be
deleterious before working out because it relaxes the muscle and that
is the last thing you want to do before a work out.
“Static stretching means a stretch is held in a challenging but comfortable position for a period of time, usually somewhere between 10 to 30 seconds. Static stretching is the most common form of stretching found in general fitness and is considered safe and effective for improving overall flexibility.”
This simple routine targets:
The hip flexors
Adductors (inner thigh)
Abductors (outer thigh)
Hips and lower back
The entire posterior chain (all the muscles along the back from the heel to the head)
They are all done in sequence to maximize results to each individual muscles.
For example, we stretch the hip flexors first to relax and deactivate them so that
you can get a better stretch with the hamstrings etc.
Here is the video for the full body stretching routine