If you ask any of my clients their least favorite thing we do in training, I’d give you $1,000 if they didn’t say,
Towels. Towels suck.
Whaaa? Wtf do you have them doing with towels?
I have them doing some SERIOUS work. That’s what.
I try not to pull them (the towels) out until I’ve been working with a client for at least a month. Otherwise, scaring them off is a definite possibility.
Do I have your attention yet?/Are you dying to try this? Ok, great.
1. Two old dish towels (You can even use paper towels; just make sure they’re tough.)
2. A slick surface (wood floors, tile floors, etc.)
3. A mat for your hands (not mandatory)
This is one of my favorite workouts. Yes, it absolutely sucks. But the results are worth it. If you get bored out of your mind doing planks, this is an excellent alternative. You won’t be bored; I promise. 😉
There are four different exercises I do with the towels. But as always, feel free to put your own spin on them/tailor them to fit your needs.
First exercise: Mountain Climbers
Start in a full-plank position; both feet on the towels. Bring one knee up towards your chest, keeping your back flat and core tight. Alternate legs, and repeat.
Second exercise: Scissors
Start in a full-plank position; both feet on the towels. Take both legs out in a center-split motion, and then bring them back together. Repeat. Remember to keep that booty down; no downward-facing dog. Kapeesh?
Third exercise: Jackknives
Start in a full-plank position; both feet on the towels. Bring both feet in towards your hands; as soon as both feet are almost parallel with your hands, shoot them back out straight behind you. Repeat. And feel. the. burn.
Fourth exercise: Toe Reaches
Start in a full-plank position; both feet on the towels. Bring one leg all the way up until your toe reaches the mat, and then swing it back down. Repeat with the other leg, and engage those obliques!
Do each exercise for :60 with MINIMAL rest in between. Try going from one exercise to the next in less than 7 seconds.
Stay fit, friends! Xo