TRY THIS! GRAB A TOWEL AND GO!

I know how demanding life can be with family, work, and social responsibilities. Sometimes the thought of working out is an unappealing and impossible feat. I hear the reasoning and the excuses all day every day!

Making fitness a priority, setting time aside, and being as efficient as possible to maximize the little time you have is the key to getting your workouts in. There is no longer a need for 90 minute or 2 hour workouts. If you have the time, then more power to you! But if you’re limited on time, like I am, then you have to make good with what you have.

There are so many options these days that don’t require you to even leave your home for a kick ass workout. YouTube videos, on-demand workouts, TRX exercises and so on.

Check out my workout that requires 3 things: (1) YOU (2) 20 minutes (3) 2 small towels. Perform these 5 exercises back to back with minimal break in between and feel the burn. 🙂

#1 SLIDING LUNGES 

lunge

Stand with your feet hip width apart. Place the towel under the right foot and begin to slide the towel back, bending both knees into a right angle. Track your front knee in line with your toes, making sure it does not move in front of the shoelaces.
DO: 20 repetitions on each leg. GO!

 

#2 MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

moutaincimbers

Start in plank position with one towel under each foot. Make sure your shoulders are directly above your hands, body is straight and abdominals are engaged. Slide right leg in to your chest, then slide it back. Slide the left leg in and back. Begin to move faster while maintaining a straight body in plank.
DO: Climb for one minute. Option to widen your legs on the last 15 seconds. GO!

 

#3 SIDE GLIDE LUNGES

side lunge

Stand the feet together with one towel under the right foot. Slide right foot out to the side keeping the leg as straight as you can, while left leg bends and hips lower into a squat. Keep the chest up when lowering your hips. Engage the adductors (inner thighs) and slide the right leg back to the left leg. Repeat and then switch.
DO: 20 repetitions on each leg. GO!

 

#4 PIKE UPS

pikes

Start in plank position with both feet on a towel. Shift your weight forward into the arms and start to draw your abdominals in to slide your feet to the hands, keeping the legs as straight as you can. Slide back into plank pose to start again. Engage your abdominals to avoid the hips from dropping when sliding back to plank.

DO: 15 repetitions. GO!

 

#5 KNEES IN / KNEES OUT

knees in (1)

Start in plank position with both feet together on a towel and shoulders directly over the hands. Use your abdominals to pull both knees in towards your chest then extend legs back out into plank. Slide both knees to the outer right arm then slide back to plank. Repeat on the left and then back to the middle. Keep your weight in the hands and your arms strong throughout the set. Slightly round the back to engage your Serratus anterior muscles and refrain using the lower back for support when sliding back to plank.
DO: 15 repetitions (middle, left, and right is considered 1 rep). GO!

 

There are so many exercises you can do with a towel but these are my fave. This workout gets your heart rate up and targets several different muscles groups. Challenge yourself and perform these exercises back to back for 4-5 sets with minimal break in between. There’s no way you won’t get a sweat going!

Great workout – Minimal Time – No Equipment – In Your Home! What’s better than that? LET’S GO!

5 comments for “TRY THIS! GRAB A TOWEL AND GO!

  1. Mike
    August 31, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Great post! These exercises look like they can be done anywhere with little time, which is great since I have no time because of my new baby!

    • admin
      September 2, 2015 at 3:07 am

      YES!! There are so many exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Even using Baby Maya as extra weight in certain exercises to increase intensity!

  2. Vicky
    September 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    These are great! And you’re right, it’s just a matter of prioritizing workouts into your day. Do you have tips for working out WITH a baby? 🙂

    • admin
      September 2, 2015 at 3:05 am

      Glad you like the exercises, Vicky! And YES to working out with your baby. Baby Maya can act like a weight so you can use her for all exercises just like you would a dumbbell or a kettlebell. Such as bicep curling her, shoulder pressing her, chest pressing her, swinging her or even just holding her to her chest when squatting or lunging. 🙂 But keep her safe…of course!

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