Exercises for Developing Grip Strength

Here is the scenario: you’re struggling to open a jar and then give it to someone else. That individual is able to open the jar easily. What gives?! Chances are, grip strength has something to do with the reason you … Continue reading

Top Fitness Trends to Watch in 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 promises to be an exciting year for many reasons. We are particularly interested in the top fitness trends that this year promises to bring. For 11 years, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) predicts the … Continue reading

Fun exercises to do in the snow

Many of stopped associating the words “fun” and “snow” with one another when we became responsible for shoveling sidewalks or had to start driving through snow to get to work. Hear us out, it is possible to still have fun … Continue reading

20 indoor exercises to try this winter

Winter doesn’t have to be a drag of endless hours on the treadmill. It can be a season full of exciting new workouts to try! Our friends at Greatist compiled a list of 20 indoor exercises to try this season. … Continue reading

When is it too cold to exercise outside?

It’s officially winter! Some of us may have already seen our first snow, others may be expecting it sometime soon. One thing is for sure: it is getting colder outside. Colder weather typically means it is time to bring our … Continue reading

Stretches and exercises you should do before your flight home for the holidays

Editor’s note: this article was originally found on Thrillist. Click here for the original article. Are you heading home for the holidays? Do you need to fly in order to get home? Then this post is for you. Flying and … Continue reading

7 ways to sneak in a holiday workout no matter where you are

Millions of the people will be traveling this season by planes, trains, or automobiles. Some of us are heading home to mom’s house, others are heading somewhere warm for a much-needed break from the cold! No matter where you’re going, … Continue reading

8 fitness myths that just aren’t true

In the age of the internet, we have an abundance of information at our fingertips at all times. It’s a good thing, but can also lead to a lot of misinformation circulating, especially concerning fitness. A while back we wrote … Continue reading

31 Ways to Use Sliders to Get a Full-Body Workout

Bodyweight exercises are great because they can be performed anywhere with minimal equipment. With the addition of weights or sliders they can be taken to a whole new level. We have written about adding free weights to bodyweight exercises before, … Continue reading

Efficient exercises that give you the biggest bang for your buck

Here is the scenario: you decide to start running in an attempt to get in shape. You run five times a week and see immediate changes to your body. After a few months you notice a bit of a plateau … Continue reading

12 stretches to stay flexible and fit at any age

Stretching is an important part of any fitness program. It reduces muscle tension, increases range-of-motion, enhances muscular coordination, and increases circulation of the blood to various parts of the body. As we age, it can become harder to stretch and … Continue reading

5 science-backed reasons to never skip leg day

You have probably seen the jokes around the internet about skipping leg day: the day where you work your lower body and make sure it is as toned and built as the rest of your body. Exercising your lower body … Continue reading

10 resistance band exercises to do anywhere

Resistance bands are one of our favorite products here at FEI. It’s hard to find another piece of exercise equipment that is as versatile, portable, and easy to use as an exercise band. Today we want to share with you … Continue reading

Stretches for tight spots in your body

Take a second right now to evaluate how you are sitting while reading this post. Are you sitting at a desk slouching in your chair? Are you giving yourself “text neck” while reading this on your subway ride home? We’ll … Continue reading

The 4 pillars of fitness

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and for preventing disease. That being said, it can be difficult to decide where to focus your exercise efforts. There are endless exercise options available today. Many people find themselves … Continue reading

20 effective exercise ball exercises

Exercise balls are often an overlooked piece of equipment at the gym. Who has time for the brightly-colored bouncy balls when there is a full weight rack available to help you develop those muscles, right? Wrong. Exercise balls are a … Continue reading

5 things to do before you workout

One of the best things you can do to make sure you stay on track and reach your fitness goals is schedule your workouts. Many of us are pressed for time, so we often just show up at the gym … Continue reading

What are overuse injuries?

Note: this article originally appeared on the Mayo Clinic Health System Are you looking to become more physically active? Are you active already but looking to kick it up a notch? If either of these sound like you, it would be … Continue reading

Fewer than a third of high school students receive recommended amount of PE

Students tend to either love or hate physical education classes in school. Despite how students may feel about the classes, physical education programs in schools directly benefit students’ physical health. However, recent data shows that students are not getting the … Continue reading

5 reasons to start working out at work

Yes, you read the title right. Working out at the office helps you save time and avoid the temptations of your home. Some studies even suggest that exercising at the office can boost professional performance. Here are 5 reasons from … Continue reading

How to choose a foam roller

There are hundreds of foam roller options available for clinics and home users. With all the sizes, shapes, and firmness options available, how are you to know which roller is best for your needs? We are obviously partial to our … Continue reading

Three exercises for sciatica pain relief

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on Click here for the original article. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back. Sciatica is … Continue reading

13 of the best standing ab exercises

You read that title correctly: standing ab exercises. You probably never thought of working your core while standing, but you should. Your core muscles aren’t just the ones you see while standing in front of the mirror. Your abs, oblique … Continue reading

“Zoned” playgrounds may help increase physical activity during recess

Recess is a great opportunity for children to be active. Unfortunately, many children still tend to be sedentary during recess. A study by researchers from the University of Missouri found that playground zoning could change all that. Playground zoning means … Continue reading

Foam Rolling for Better Sleep

Stress is an inevitable part of life that we all have to deal with at one time or another. When we are stressed our body often gets tense resulting in bands and knots forming in our muscle tissue. These bands … Continue reading

Video: the total-body kettlebell HIIT workout

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a training technique in which short bursts of maximum effort exercise are followed by short, sometimes active recovery periods. This type of training is great if you’re looking to lose weight because it gets your … Continue reading

Small amounts of exercise can improve adult ADHD symptoms

A study from the University of Georgia found that a small amount of exercise can help to reduce ADHD symptoms in adults. Researchers asked 32 men with elevated ADHD symptoms to cycle at a moderate intensity for 20 minutes on … Continue reading

The ultimate guide to good posture

Having good posture is important for your overall health and mood. Poor posture can affect your muscles and internal organs. It also says a lot about your attitude and how you feel about yourself. Why is having good posture important? … Continue reading

Small amounts of exercise can lead to healthier kids

It is hard to get adults to exercise. It is even harder to get kids to exercise. Historically, it has been difficult to get children to exercise. A combination of inexpensive junk food, shorter gym class and recess time, larger … Continue reading

9 reasons you feel sluggish during your workout

Has this ever happened to you? You walk into the gym feeling pumped for your group fitness class. About five minutes into the workout you’re having trouble keeping up with the rest of the class and are feeling sluggish. You … Continue reading

Strengthen your core to protect against ankle sprains

What do basketball players, train runners, and high-heel enthusiasts have in common? They are often at a higher risk for ankle sprains. Why? Because uneven surfaces and lateral movements are common causes of ankle injuries. There are a number of … Continue reading

4 foam-rolling exercises to do in the morning

Foam rolling is often thought of as a way to prepare for or recover from exercise, but it can also be a great way to loosen up your muscles first thing in the morning. All you need is a soft, … Continue reading

Children may not be getting enough exercise

A recent study found that young children are not meeting the national guidelines for physical activity. The study led by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University suggests … Continue reading

Concussions in the different levels of football

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that high school and college football players report more concussion symptoms than youth league players. The study also found that youth league players tend to return to play within 24 hours of injury, … Continue reading

Better-fit female athletes may be at a higher risk for overtraining syndrome

A study by researchers from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently discovered that female athletes who are better fit at the beginning of the season may be more prone to “overreaching” during a team sport as the season … Continue reading

Exercising after studying may boost memory recall

College students take note: if you exercise four hours after studying it may increase your chances of remembering what you studied. A study by Guillen Fernandez, director of the Donders institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior at Radboud University Medical … Continue reading

Running and lower back pain

Runners, have you ever experienced lower back pain during or after a run? Maybe it is a slight pain at first but then it becomes more difficult to deal with over time? Has it gotten to the point where you’re … Continue reading

How to recover from a tough workout

Here’s the scenario: you decided to finally give kickboxing a try after your friend tells you about it for months. You go to the class and have a great time. You walk out of class feeling strong and can’t wait … Continue reading

Exercise may help heart failure patients live longer

New research has found a potential link between exercise and a longer lifespan in heart failure patients. A study, presented during a trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the third World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, suggests patients can … Continue reading

Infographic: how to foam roll like a pro

To the untrained eye, foam rolling can look awkward. For those of us who regularly foam roll, we know that despite how awkward it looks, foam rolling does wonders for sore, tired muscles. This infographic by the experts at Greatist shows … Continue reading

Four items to help you stay fit while traveling

The summer is coming to a close which means many of us are planning our last-minute summer vacations. No matter where you’re going, your travel plans don’t have to get in the way of your fitness goals. Don’t forget to … Continue reading

Changing gait patterns, not shoes, may help prevent running injuries

A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that runners may be less prone to injury while running barefoot than while running with expensive running shoes. The study found that most distance runners who used cushioned running … Continue reading

What to do when you pull a muscle

Editor’s Note: If you think you have sustained an injury you should seek immediate help from your primary healthcare provider. This article is not intended to be a substitute for a consultation from your doctor.  Many people often say they have … Continue reading

Foam rolling mistakes to avoid

Humans are kind of like snowflakes: no two are the same. Our bodies all move in different ways are require care in specific ways, especially when it comes to foam rolling. It’s no secret that we love foam rollers. We … Continue reading

10 exercise myths you shouldn’t believe

We at FEI Retail write a lot about different exercises and health trends. Some of what we write about includes our products, some don’t. Today, we wanted to take a break from what we usually write about so we could … Continue reading

Using resistance bands for travel-friendly workouts

The summer months are perfect for getting a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind. Many of us have either taken or are looking forward to a vacation in the coming weeks. It can be difficult to keep up with your … Continue reading

The latest fitness trends from FIBO

The FIBO Global Fitness trade fair was recently held in Cologne, Germany. This event showcases the newest sports and products to industry insiders. Relaxnews rounded up the top fitness trends featured at the show: Plioxing This is a combination of … Continue reading

HIIT upper-body workout

Fitness trends come and go, but there are the rare few that will hit the mark and stay around for a long time. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great example of a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. … Continue reading

Infographic: Total body BOSU ball workout

The BOSU balance trainer (BOSU ball) was invited more than 15 years ago. It is a great tool for balance training because it provides an unstable surface while the device itself remains stable. The stable/unstable combination allows for a wide … Continue reading

7 ways to prevent shin splints

Shin splints is the catch-all term for lower leg pain that occurs below the knee on the front of the lower leg. They often occur in athletes or fitness enthusiasts who have recently intensified or changed their training routines. The cause … Continue reading

Stretches for everyone

Stretching: it feels good, helps prevent injuries, and is one of the best ways to prevent post-workout muscle soreness. No matter your age, size, or fitness level, stretching is important. For those who carry extra weight or have limited range-of-motion, stretching can be … Continue reading

Infographic: how many steps are you getting each day?

Do you know how many steps you are taking each day? Unless you regularly wear a pedometer, Fitbit, or any device that tracks your steps, you probably don’t know how many you are taking each day. Most of us have heard that … Continue reading

5 ways to relieve sore muscles

Some days you wake up feeling sore and get an odd sense of satisfaction because it signals you had a fantastic workout the day before. Other days, you wake up with muscle soreness and realize you may have gone a little overboard. On … Continue reading

Can you be too sore to work out?

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Greatist. Click here for the original article.  Your alarm goes off and it’s time to get up for your morning strength training session. As you start to get up you realize your long run … Continue reading

10 exercises to perform with a weighted bar

Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine is essential for getting in shape and adding muscle definition to your body. Incorporating a couple of strength training sessions can be enough to help you get in shape. Beyond adding definition to your … Continue reading

Infographic: foam roll it out

Foam rolling is one of the biggest fitness trends of 2016. It was introduced by physical therapists to help their patients achieve self-myofascial release. Foam rolling increases blood flow, throughout the body, improves movement, and increases range-of-motion. Fitness expert Jenn Zerling recently … Continue reading

Beyond self-myofascial release: alternative uses for a foam roller

A foam roller is a great too to use when you need a little TLC and you don’t want to pay a lot of money for a professional massage. Many people think foam rollers are only good for self-myofascial release … Continue reading

8 physical therapy methods explained

Physical therapists are trained in the art of assessing the human body and restoring it to optimal performance following an injury. They have some of the most cutting edge technology at their disposal (including lasers!) but their most useful tool … Continue reading

4 exercises that make back pain worse and 4 moves to do instead

Unlike some of the excuses we make to avoid our daily workout, an achy back is a justifiable reason to skip a workout. Here’s the catch: exercise is one of the best things you can do for an aching back … Continue reading

Infographic: the do-anywhere, full-body resistance band workout

Are you ready for an easy to follow workout that only requires one piece of equipment? Here it is! Resistance bands are an effective way to level up any strength training program. This workout originally found on Greatist, is a … Continue reading

How you should sit at your desk according to ergonomics

Sitting all day is bad for your health. It causes your muscles to become inactive and reduces the number of calories you burn per minute, even when you are sitting with good posture! Most of us don’t sit with good … Continue reading

FEI Retail features Sup-R Band® at NATA 2016

Date: June 2, 2016 Fabrication Enterprises Retail Sales (FEI Retail) will feature its Sup-R Band® latex-free exercise band at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s AT Expo June 22 – 25 in Baltimore, MD. Sup-R Band® performs like a latex exercise … Continue reading

11 tips for dealing with an injury

Injuries don’t just affect physical well-being; they can wreak havoc on a person’s emotional well-being. When fitness is a major part of your identity it can seem like your whole life is thrown off. It’s hard to see right after … Continue reading

Is it a strain or a sprain?

You’re out for your morning run and all a sudden it happens pain. You try and power through it, but when you get back home you realize this is unlike the typical soreness you experience after a good run. Is it … Continue reading

Infographic: the best desk stretches

Sitting is harmful to your health. If you already accept that as a fact this may be surprising to you: sitting is so detrimental to your health that exercising for 30 minutes a day doesn’t offset its negative effects. This … Continue reading

Easy ways to lose weight at work

Adults spend nearly a quarter of their lives each week at work. Many of us have jobs that are done in front of a computer, which means the majority of our day is spent sitting. Sitting for long periods of … Continue reading

Best methods for treating ITBS

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) occurs when the connective tissue extending from the pelvic bone to the shin bone becomes so tight that it rubs against the thighbone. It is one of the most common injuries among runners and can sideline … Continue reading

4 Ways to Prevent Shin Splints

Did you know that your shins have to bear up to six times your weight while you exercise? Think about it. Someone who weighs 130lbs can be bearing up to 780lbs! It’s no wonder shin splints happen to walkers and … Continue reading

Infographic: the ultimate guide to good posture

Good posture can do a lot of amazing things for your body and mind. It can increase concentration and thinking ability, reduce the risk of slip discs, and facilitates proper breathing. For those of us working at a desk all … Continue reading

How to relieve foot arch pain & plantar fasciitis using BakBalls®

FEI Retail was recently named a master distributor for BakBalls® in the United States. BakBalls® are an affordable self-treatment device for back pain and stiffness. They are designed to relieve pain and tightness in the back, shoulders, ITBs, and plantar … Continue reading

Exercise may prevent cognitive decline

Exercise is known to have many long-term benefits. For example: Running increases bone density Regular exercise helps you protect yourself against colds, flu, etc. Your risk of diabetes decreases when you exercise often A recent study found that the benefits of regular … Continue reading

Exercises for your IT Band

IT band syndrome (ITBS) is an extremely common injury for runners. The thick, fibrous band of connective tissue running down the outside of your thigh is connective to your gluteal muscles. When the gluteal muscles are weak or tired they … Continue reading

Infographic: The Importance of Desk Ergonomics

There was a time in history where most jobs were done while standing. As technology improved a large portion of that work could be done on a computer. Since then we have seen a dramatic shift in not only how … Continue reading

Video: how to efficiently use your foam roller

A foam roller can be a valuable part of your warm up and cool down. Runner’s World recently produced a series of eight videos which shows one how to use a foam roller to work out knots in various parts … Continue reading

7 things your Chiropractor knows about you when you walk into the room

Your posture can reveal a lot about your health, lifestyle and mood. For example: when you see someone in a meeting with their arms crossed and slouched in their chair what do you think of them? Maybe they’re mad, maybe … Continue reading

The Arm Workout for People Who Hate Push-ups

Do you hate doing push-ups? Meet your new best friend: resistance bands. If you want stronger arms but hate doing push-ups, resistance bands are what you need to have in your arsenal. These exercises developed by the Self Magazine staff … Continue reading

33 Resistance Band Exercises to do Anywhere

Resistance bands are the ideal tool for strength building routines or for rehabilitation. It is easier to store than traditional weights, making it ideal for travel, when the weather prevents you from making it to the gym, or when you’re … Continue reading

22 Kettlebell Exercises to Try

Kettlebells can be a little intimidating if you’re not familiar with how to use them. But, with a few simple moves and the right weight you can swing your way to some seriously strong arms, shoulders, abs, and more. The … Continue reading

Must Try Medicine Ball Exercises

2,000 years ago Hippocrates used sand-filled animal skin pouches to help patients recover from injuries. Hippocrates was onto something. The modern equivalent of a sand-filled animal skin, a medicine ball, is one of the most useful tools in your arsenal. … Continue reading

Infographic: How to Foam Roll like a Pro

Does your combat workout have you feeling sore? Maybe training for that spring race has your legs feeling tight? Does your work station wreak havoc on your back? Try foam rolling to help relieve some of that soreness in your muscles. … Continue reading

How to Avoid Overtraining Injuries

Note: this article originally appeared on Has this happened to you? During training for a big race you start feeling pain in your foot. The first few times you feel it you just run it off but then during … Continue reading

Foot Exercises to Relieve Pain in the Back, Hips, and Knees

Did you know that your feet can have a direct effect on pain in your back, hips, and knees? We didn’t either until we read this article on They listed five foot exercises that can help relieve pain in … Continue reading

8 Ways to Combat Knee Pain

Most people have felt minor knee pain at one point in their life. Most of the time pain develops from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or, in some cases, injury. When knee pain strikes many people turn to over-the-counter medications … Continue reading

Workout Tips for Achy Joints

Regular exercise has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation, increase your pain tolerance, strengthen muscles, and increases blood flow. For those suffering from aching joints it’s hard to get the benefits of exercise while your body feels like the Tin … Continue reading

Tips to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension

When your neck is sore, what is the first thing you do? Most of us probably roll our head in an attempt to stretch our neck. Something that we didn’t know until reading this article was that stretching a muscle … Continue reading

Infographic: 8 Solutions for Carpal Tunnel Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the median nerve becoming irritated or compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist. Symptoms of the syndrome include numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness in the hand, wrist, even as far up … Continue reading

Why Do Muscles Get Sore?

You know the feeling. After a great day at the gym or after your big race you try to walk down a flight of stairs, but it is more challenging than it was the day before. Some people view it … Continue reading

FEI features Digi-Flex Multi® Hand Exerciser at AOTA

Fabrication Enterprises Retail Sales (FEI Retail) will feature its Digi-Flex Multi® hand exerciser at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) 2016 Annual Conference and Expo April 7 – 10 in Chicago, Illinois. The Digi-Flex Multi® is a revolutionary hand exerciser … Continue reading

Video: Easing Neck and Shoulder Tension with Desk Yoga

Are your neck and shoulders tight while you’re working at your desk? Sitting at your desk all day can cause pain in those areas, especially if you have poor posture. We found this video on Lifehacker from GAIAM yoga instructor, … Continue reading

Pain Fighting Tricks from Physical Therapists

A physical therapist is probably the last person you would think to see when you are in pain, but they are often the ones that will give you [almost] immediate and lasting relief from pain. Prevention magazine recently asked PTs … Continue reading

Top Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2016

Exercise fads and trendy diets come and go, but the formula for a healthy lifestyle has always been the same: regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. Before 2015 ended, Meredith Deliso at AM New York asked trainers and nutritionists what … Continue reading

Stretch to Reverse the Negative Effects of Sitting All Day

Sitting all day is bad for you for a number of reasons. The one reason most people worry about sitting all day is the layer of fat that settles around their midsection. Luckily, three simple exercises performed with a CanDo® … Continue reading

Infographic: How to Remove Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape is great for stabilizing joints or relieving pain from minor injuries. You may recall that we showed you a few ways to tape yourself to relieve some common pains. That being said, the tape puts adhesive on a … Continue reading

Surprising Back Pain Triggers

Lower back pain can be caused by the strangest things. We asked around our office and found our employees had instances of lower back pain caused by the following: Pulling on snow boots Picking up a pet cat Sitting differently … Continue reading

What Hand Strength Reveals About Your Health

A report found in OnHealth, a supplemental publication for Consumer Report, more than 30 studies over three decades found a link between weak grip among middle-aged or older adults and future disability or premature death. According to an article in … Continue reading

Reasons to go on a fitness date for Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, there are less people at the gym, and, of course, love is in the air because Valentine’s Day is coming. Maybe you’re thinking of doing something sweet for your significant … Continue reading

Infographic: 30 Minute Resistance Band Workout

Health professionals recommend the average adult gets 30 minutes of physical activity each day. That being said, it doesn’t always have to be cardio. Keep things interesting by incorporating some strength training into your fitness routine. Research has suggested that … Continue reading

8 Techniques to Improve Your Balance

Did you know that after the age of 30 muscles used to stand begin to weaken? Did you know one in three adults over the age of 65 takes a serious tumble each year? How about this: 20 percent of … Continue reading

6 Recovery Techniques for Cyclists

Professional road racing cyclist Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver of team Katusha says that he lost the 2012 Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) after the second rest day. He was in the lead for 13 days, but after a rest day … Continue reading

4 Strength-Building Moves to Combat Shoulder Pain

Taking care of your shoulder is important to your overall health. It is important to find that balance between maintaining flexibility and over stretching, which can cause damage. The experts at Prevention spoke to Michael Silverman, PT, MSPT, of the … Continue reading