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03-15-2017

Towel as Workout Equipment? These Exercises Will Make You Sweat!

By Katie Uhran, ACKTIVE LIFE

YES, another small space workout that you can do anywhere! Have you ever used towels for a workout? It is a cheap, easy, and versatile piece of cloth that can give you a killer workout, if you  know how to use it the right way. I know you are probably snickering behind the screen, but trust me, it is effective and can give you a great workout if you are crunched for time or on a tight budget.

So, if you are looking for some new moves, grab two towels: One to use as your workout tool and one to wipe the sweat. Add these exercises to your next workout and let me know how it goes. Watch the video below to see each move in action. Have fun and sweat away!

Workout Tips: 

  • Perform 3 rounds of each exercise
  • 15 repetitions for each exercise
  • Move slowly to make sure you use proper FORM and engage and strengthen the muscles!

 

Exercises: 

  • Mountain Climbers – Make sure your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your quadriceps and core engaged. Make sure the tips of your toes are on the towel. Slowly bring your knees into your chest and continue to alternate until you perform 15 repetitions on each side.
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  • Pike – Make sure your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your quadriceps and core engaged. Place your toes on the towel. Slowly bring both legs toward your hands, while lifting your booty into the air. Once you have reached as high as you can go, slowly bring your legs and butt back down into a plank position.
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  • Plank Jack – Make sure your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your quadriceps and core engaged. Place your toes on the towels, one per foot. Start in a plank position and then perform a jumping jack movement, while only using your legs. Bring your legs as far out to the side as possible without loosing form and then return back to center.
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  • Reverse Tuck – While laying on your back, keep your arms glued to the floor. Lift your butt as high as possible. Dig your heels into the towel. Slowly push your feet out until your legs are almost completely straight. Without lowering your butt to the ground, bring your heels back to the starting position. Remember to engage your core and your butt muscles to protect your back.
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  • Static Reverse Lunge – Perform this exercise like you would a regular static reverse lunge, except that you have your toes on the towel. Slowly drag your foot on the towel back and then slowly bring it back to the starting position. It is important to keep a slight bend in the standing leg and to always engage your core.
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  • Curtsy Lunge – Be very mindful of the towels in this move as it requires a lot of balance. Keep only the tops of your feet on the towel, so that your heels are on the hardwood floor. Slowly move one leg back as if you are performing a curtsy and then bring the back leg back to center. Repeat on the other leg. Remember to keep a slight bend in the standing leg and to keep your core engaged and keep good posture.
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  • Lateral Lunge – Another tricky move, it is very important to keep mindful of the towels. Keep a slight bend in the standing leg and stay in a low squat position, while keeping the core engaged. Slowly move the leg out to the side as far as it can go until it is straight and you do not lose form. Bring the leg slowly back to meet the other leg and repeat.

 

We recommend that you consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Only try this workout if you are heart healthy and in good physical condition. fairlife, LLC will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this workout. By voluntarily performing this fitness exercise, you assume the risk of any resulting injury, and agree to release and discharge fairlife from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, related to this workout.

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