This week's episode of Made Fit TV focuses on some simple - yet creative - movements using equipment you may already own!
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Jennifer DiDonato: Hi, I am Jennifer DiDonato and welcome to MadeFitTV. This is episode number 56, and it is everyone's source for health and fitness information and entertainment. For fit bodies, they don't just happen, they are made, and they are made by you and with a little bit help of me, so welcome. This week, I have an awesome story. Well, first of all, I am very happy to be back in a gym, I am sure you guys are as well. With a lot of previous episodes, with the recipes, we did big you know when I wish everyone good luck on that. So we're back in a gym and you know a funny story I -- you know, you see all this equipment here. You know my daddy has been an avid weightlifter, probably since before I was born and he is 56 this year and lifting weight since he was 15. I knew, I am like, you know, a few weeks ago, I found like some plate weights on the side of the road, you know someone just thrown away, it's all like tree, like Christmas, let pick them up and load them up in the car. And like you know, there is so many other like movements I want to do with heavier plate weights, then I am like, I don't want to have to go and buy them. So it was happened to my dad, he was like, I got some plate weights under the stairs in the basement and so we drag them out early yesterday and here they are. So I figured, if I have weights that I didn't know about, you probably do to. So that's why this week's episode is a plate weight workout, because there is a lot you can do with them. He was even like, Jenny, we did all the bench, you know, for you to bench press on and I am like, you don't need a bench press because, guys, it can be a little dangerous if you are bench pressing with us. So I am going to show you some movements you can do with this equipment that you may even have in your house that is safer and more effective then chest presses or bench presses. So, set to go. Number one, the first movement I am going to show you is going to be a modified barbell core twist with the plate weight. So what I did is I have a beautiful shining little barbell that has not been used in like forever. This is 25 pound, 25 pounds of Jack-Lily folks; you may even have this one. So a typical --this is derived, this is my own modification of a Romanian twist, core twist. And with that is, you are working the core movements, you are going from side to side, keeping your legs about hip-width apart and you're controlling it by your abs, by your core, your obliques, everything. It's a killer movement. But what I like to do with my client is just a kind of up a little bit, is I like to activate the legs, the gluteus, even the arms with this movement. So this is my modified one. So you are going to bring your feet about shoulder-width, a little bit wider apart. One hand on top of the other and you are going to twist but you are going to also bend you arm and bend your legs, still keeping the abs tight, and still keeping facing forward. So see I am activating my bicep, my tricep, my shoulders, my chest, my abs, my legs, my hamstrings, my gluteus. This is an awesome total body movement. If you do about 10-15 each side, three sets, this is a killer. You're going to feel in your abs and your obliques and I guarantee you that you are going to be a way more sore in the morning than you would having done typical crunches, typical oblique twists, all they. So check it out and try and just make sure when you try the fist time, you have a spot or like not want to -- may put about 10 pounds on that side and set of 25. Moving on, our next movement with the plate weight is a shoulder raise. I am just going to grab another 25 pounder. Now it's a typical front shoulder raise, but this is one of my favorite, Chris can attest to this, because when I am in training, and I do shoulders on my shoulder daily, I love this movement. What you're going to do is you are just going to stand with your hands just gripping the plate, chest up, abs nice and tight, chin up, and just g