Towel Workout: 5 Great, Effective Exercises You’ve Got to Try!

Having to workout at home can be challenging, not only are you surrounded by distractions, but you also might not have the space or the equipment. A towel is a great workout tool that helps to stabilize your body whilst making the exercise a bit more challenging. Here are a few exercises that will help you develop your physique that you can do absolutely anywhere! Follow on for Towel Workout: 5 Great, Effective Exercises You’ve Got to Try! (Image credit: Adidas/The Fit Fork)

1. Posture Improvement

An exercise method first suggested by Dr Toshiki Fukutsudzi, a Japanese doctor who claims that using a rolled towel in a certain way can fix postural problems and strengthen the abdomen. To perform this exercise:

  • Roll a Towel to be 15” in length and 3-4” thick.
  • Lie on a yoga mat and place the rolled towel under your waist.
  • Spread your legs, with your feet 8-10” apart
  • Extend your hands behind your head, palms down.
  • Try to bring your toes together, and your pinkies together.
  • Maintain this position for 5 minutes.

It is normal to feel a bit of burning when stretching.

2. Abs: Russian Twist

Take your Russian twist up a notch and add more resistance with a towel:

  • Sit down on a mat
  • Tuck your knees in, and elevate from the floor
  • Hold a towel horizontally with both hands
  • Keeping your towel pulled, twist your body to the right side until your right hand touches the left knee.
  • Keep twisting from right to left

3. Glutes: Lunges

An excellent exercise to target your glutes are lunges. Adding a towel stabilizes the body making the exercise more challenging:

  • Stand up straight
  • Place a towel underneath one foot
  • Drag the foot with the towel into a lunge
  • Drag it back into a straight pose, repeat!

4. Legs: Plie Squat

To perform a plie squat with a twist:

  • Stand straight with your legs wider than your shoulders and your toes pointing outward
  • Hold your towel at both ends
  • Keeping your arms extended, pulse up and down challenging your legs, thighs and calves.

5. Arms: Push/Pull

To develop your arms, shoulders and chest:

  • Hold the towel horizontally taut
  • Straighten your arms in front of you
  • Pull the towel back to your chest
  • Then, push back
  • Repeat 10 times

These towel workout exercises will help you add a creative twist to your workout routine whether you’re at home, in an office, or a hotel room. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a towel and say hi to your new workout partner! Don’t you just love low-to-no equipment training? Tried towels yet? Which moves really work well for you? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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