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Towel It Off: Tone Up with No Equipment

Grab a couple of hand towels from your linen closet. That's all you need to sculpt from head to toe!

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Karen Pearson
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Perfect Posture Slide
Karen Pearson
Perfect Posture Slide
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Before: Booty Squeeze

Targets: Abs, lower back, butt, and legs

  • Lie faceup with legs extended, a towel under each heel, and arms out to sides so that hands are in line with hips, palms down.
  • Contract abs, squeeze glutes, and slowly lift hips and legs a few inches off floor while pressing heels into towels. Slide feet out to sides as wide as possible, then slide them together again without lowering hips.

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After: Booty Squeeze

  • Slide feet toward butt, bending knees 90 degrees to form a bridge. Slide feet forward again to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 15 reps, keeping hips lifted throughout

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Ab Sweep

Targets: Abs, obliques, butt, and legs

  • Lie faceup on floor with legs extended, feet together, a single towel under both heels, and arms out to sides at shoulder level, palms down.
  • Keeping abs contracted, upper body still and legs together, slide feet as far left as possible.
  • Slide feet back through center and as far right as possible to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 12 reps.

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Before: Perfect-Posture Slide

Targets: Shoulders, back, triceps, chest, abs, and butt

  • Lie facedown with arms extended overhead, elbows slightly bent, and a towel under each palm.

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After: Perfect-Posture Slide

  • Contract abs and slowly lift chest off floor while sliding hands in a circular motion out and down toward shoulders, bringing elbows next to rib cage and hands just in front of chest.
  • Squeeze shoulder blades together, then reverse motion back to start to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 15 reps.

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Before: Obliques Peak

Targets: Shoulders, back, triceps, abs, obliques, butt, and legs

  • Start in full push-up position with a single towel under both feet.

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After: Obliques Peak

Keeping legs together, bend elbows slightly and slide feet forward and out to side, bringing bent knees to outside of right elbow.

Slide feet back to start. Switch sides and repeat to complete 1 rep.

Do 10 reps.

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Gliding Run

Targets: Abs, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, a towel under each foot, and arms by sides, elbows bent 90 degrees.
  • Keeping abs contracted, slide left foot forward, bending knee 90 degrees, and right foot back, while driving right elbow up and left elbow back (as if running).
  • Switch legs and arms in one flowing motion.
  • Continue "running" for 1 minute.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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jo215 wrote:

Sorry I just saw where you could print them all.

12/11/2009 07:48:51 PM Report Abuse
jo215 wrote:

I looked at the bottom of the page and didn't see where you could view them all at once. I agree with everyone else: please make the slides so you can see them all and be able to print them.

12/11/2009 07:46:32 PM Report Abuse
dezim007 wrote:

I like this one! It really gives you that well deserved stress your looking for within the abdominal and lower back muscles

11/27/2009 01:41:22 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Look to the left at the bottom of the article to see where it says print all slides and you can see all exercises together and print them easily

11/5/2009 08:44:12 PM Report Abuse
gaylajimenez wrote:

Does anyone read the comments that are submitted? I have read the same suggestion/complaint on several of your articles - but never any mention as to fixing it or reason its done as it is. Here it is one more time? Having to click on "next" to see each exercise is frustrating. Can't you show the entire workout on one page or allow us to scroll thru. Printing is too hard with how it is set up. It takes forever to review the article this way as well - HELP

11/2/2009 10:39:43 PM Report Abuse
matissesue wrote:

i like the exercise but I would like to print them, but hard to do with all the extra stuff in the way

11/2/2009 12:30:23 PM Report Abuse
hlfrain626861 wrote:

I feel that it is a little too abdominal focus. All of the exercises are great ideas however, what about push-ups and dips to tone the arms or squats to tone the legs.

11/2/2009 12:30:11 PM Report Abuse

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