Category Archives: Core Fitness

No Gym – No Equipment – No Problem

Get a Total Body Workout Without Spending A Cent

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, that push-ups don’t cost you a dime.  He meant, that you can exercise without equipment, or a gym.

You can strengthen, stretch, and improve heart health, and core strength, without leaving your home.  You don’t even need alot of space.

You can get a total body workout, and that includes your core muscles, without any equipment.

Down Plank

Don’t Let Excuses Stop You From Exercising

No money to join a gym?  No problem. Use any room in your apartment, home, or outdoor location.

No place to store equipment?  Not a problem.  You’re going to use the weight of your own body to get you strong and fit.

Not enough room in your home?  No worries.  You can get big results, in a small space.

Here’s your list of exercises that use the weight of your own body, instead of equipment.  This style of exercise is called Bodyweight Training.

Side Plank


PLANKS are a highly versatile exercise. You can do them down, up and sideways.

DOWN PLANK is performed facing downward on all fours.

SIDE PLANKS are performed on one hand and the edges of your feet.

UP PLANKS require strength and control to do them well, because they are a very challenging exercise.

Side Plank

PUSH-UPS are a challenging exercise. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid them.

The full Push-Up exercise is performed on the floor, and requires a great deal of strength, and body control, to do them well.


MODIFIED PUSH-UP  is alot easier than the full push-up, because it’s performed on your knees.  Great for beginners.

WALL PUSH-AWAY is a very good alternative for anyone who cannot do the Modified Push-Up. It’s the easiest option for most people.

STATIONARY LUNGES are performed standing in one place.

MOVING LUNGES are performed by stepping forward, or stepping forward and back.



SIDE LUNGES are performed by stepping sideways while stationery, or moving.

TWISTING LUNGES are performed by twisting side-to-side, while in a stationary position, or moving forward.

BRIDGES are a versatile exercise performed while lying on your back.

MOVING BRIDGE is performed by sliding one leg forward and back, while holding the Bridge exercise.

ONE LEG BRIDGE is performed by lifting one leg up to 90 degrees while holding the Bridge exercise.

Single Leg Bridge

SQUATS are performed by bending the knees.  Primarily, they strengthen the legs.

WALL SQUATS are a modified version of the full squat, and are not as difficult, because you’re leaning against a wall for support.


ABDOMINAL exercises should be included in your exercise routine because they help support your spine.  Weak abdominal and back muscles contribute to back pain, and poor posture.

Back Exercise

Back Exercise

BACK exercises are performed lying on your stomach while lifting your torso.  Include back exercises in your routine, along with abdominal exercises.



Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De

How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise

What Is A Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

The pelvic tilt is an easy core exercise that stretches low back muscles. The exercise can be performed seated, standing, or lying on your back.

When Should You Do The Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

Pregnant women benefit from pelvic tilting because it prevents RED EXERCISE BALL GOOGLE IMAGEprenatal low back ache.  People who experience low back pain, caused by muscular tightness, will find that pelvic tilting, along with strengthening the abs, and back, will help alleviate low back discomfort  The pelvic tilt is also used by Pilates teachers, physical therapists, and personal trainers, who help their clients improve posture.

Equipment You’ll Need

Exercise Ball.  If you don’t have an exercise ball, use a sturdy chair.

Benefits of the Pelvic Tilt Exercise

Stretches low back muscles.

How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise In 3 Steps

  1. Sit on an exercise ball, with your knees at right angles. Your feet should be hip width apart, and touch the floor.
  2. Be sure you feel stable before beginning the exercise.  If you can’t stabilize your body on the exercise ball, use a sturdy chair instead.
  3. Move slowly throughout the movement, as you tilt  your low back, and then sit up tall.

Pelvic Tilt Exercise On Exercise Ball

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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4 Step Back Solution

Got an achy back?  You’re not alone.  Back pain is the number 2 reason for doctor visits, and one of the most common reasons for missed work.

What should you do if your back hurts all the time?  First, check with your doctor to find out whether your back ache is caused by daily habits, muscular weakness, or an accident.

If your doctor tells you there is structural damage to bone, ligament, tendon or muscle, he/she may prescribe medication,  and/or a treatment plan.

If your doctor discovers that the reason for your back pain is muscular weakness, or daily habits, and that participating in regular exercise will help, then you can begin doing exercise.


1) Stretch your back with Yoga poses, or Pilates exercises.

2) Strengthen your core muscles, especially the abdominal, and back muscles. Muscles work in pairs. That’s why they should be strengthened, and stretched in equal measure.

3) Avoid sleeping on your stomach.  When you sleep on your stomach, your pelvis tips forward, tightening the low back muscles.  In the morning you’ll wake up with a backache. Instead, sleep on your side, or on your back.

While you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help stretch your back muscles.  While sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees to ease your low back.

4) Practice the pelvic tilting exercise.  This exercise stretches your low back muscles.  Pelvic tilting can be done while standing against a wall, lying on your back, or seated on a chair, or on an exercise ball.

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De


The Pilates Magic Ring

The Magic Ring is a portable piece of core exercise equipment invented by Joseph PILATES RING HORZPilates, the creator of the Pilates method of exercise.  Here are 10  important reasons that the Magic Ring used by Pilates practitioners, and anyone who wants a quick and easy way to get strong.

  1. Take it with you on vacation.
  2. Take it to a friend’s house, and practice together.
  3. The ring is very light, and will fit in a suitcase, or carry bag.
  4. The ring is easy to use.  Just squeeze and release while holding the handles.
  5. The ring builds arm, hip, thigh, abs, and back muscles.
  6. The results are powerful.
  7. The ring is affordable.  Prices range from $15.00 and up to around $49.00.
  8. Rings come in 3 resistance levels: light for beginners, medium for intermediate workouts, and strong for an advanced workout.
  9. The ring can be combined with both large and small Pilates equipment, to create more challenging workouts.
  10. The ring is versatile.  Use it in standing, seated, side lying, prone, and supine exercises.

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De

Core Exercise For Equestrians

Back Strengthening Exercise

With the exception of a few urban areas, we live in a country that encourages sitting, because our towns and cities are planned around the automobile.

We sit at the computer, in front of the TV,  on the job, at the movies, dining out, and commuting to work.  .

Hamstring Stretch

In many cities and towns, sidewalks are inadequate for pedestrians,  making the car an absolute necessity, even for short, walkable errands.

Prolonged sitting weakens our muscles, makes us lethargic, creates a weak core, which in turn, develops poor posture. Medical doctors consider sitting to be the new smoking.

Do you have a job where you’re sitting most of the day?   Do you have chronic low back pain?  Does your neck feel stiff?  Are your muscles so sore you can’t sit down? Is the time spent riding your horse not as enjoyable as you’d like it to be?

Targeted exercise provides solutions to remedy these problems.


Yoga Warrior 2 Hip Stretch

The muscles of the abs, back, pelvis and hips, make up the core. Strengthening these muscles is important, because the core stabilizes the spine, and  protects it from injury,

While you’re moving, the core controls the position and motion of the torso over the pelvis.  A strong core improves sports performance, and maintains healthy posture.


Pilates Ab Exercise

Targeted exercise provides solutions to help you get rid of muscular tension, and weakness, develop better posture on and off the horse, and makes riding more effective.


Pilates Mat and Reformer exercises are designed to make your core muscles strong.

If you’re not inclined towards Pilates, no worries, you can opt in to a fitness-based core exercise routine, using specialized core equipment to get the job done.  Core exercises can also be performed without any equipment.


If you’re a Yoga fan, there are many poses that will strengthen your core muscles, stretch your Psoas, Back, and Hamstrings.

As you can see, there are many ways to stretch and strengthen your muscles.  Here are a few suggestions.

Stretch the Psoas Muscle because this inner hip muscle tightens up when you do alot of sitting.   Stretch your Back to release tension in tight muscles.

Yoga Back Stretch

The Hamstrings are the muscles of the posterior thigh.  Theses muscles tighten up from excessive sitting.  If you frequently do stair climbing, or cycling ,you should be stretching your Hamstrings on a regular basis.

Strengthen ;your Back and Abdominal Muscles, because these muscles work as a team to keep your posture healthy, and your spine well-supported.

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The Lunge Stretch For Tight Hips

Stretching 101

Basic Hamstring Stretches