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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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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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joknee728 wrote:

All of these exercises are included in their Total Body Glider workout, which is amazing!

12/27/2011 10:09:50 PM Report Abuse
lisayuan3 wrote:

To those who want to see everything on one page - if you click on "Print All Slides" it will bring up one page with all exercises on it. You can either print out the whole thing at once, or just read it from your screen.

1/20/2010 02:06:49 PM Report Abuse
jeanne_brown1 wrote:

I wonder if I can multi-task? What if I use swiffer sheets in place of towels--will this pick up the dust bunnies on my floor?

11/3/2009 12:57:00 PM Report Abuse
kwgraff2 wrote:

Good exercises. Wish it were a video, it's easier.

11/3/2009 07:04:49 AM Report Abuse
tovasidneeann wrote:

you can use plastic or paper plates on carpet as well!

11/3/2009 12:58:20 AM Report Abuse
saumc8de1 wrote:

I agree with gaylajimenez, It is really frustrating to have to wait for the page to load to view each new exercise. It is too time consuming. Please do change it to a more user friendly format.

11/2/2009 11:22:01 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 10:42:28 PM Report Abuse
christine carroll wrote:

That is a great idea to use the moving disks. I would have to do them in the kitchen on the wood floor. Ohio

11/2/2009 06:48:16 PM Report Abuse
marcienabor1 wrote:

Great exercises. I do not always have a smooth surface to use. However, I tried them with the circular moving disks on carpet and it worked great. Marcie, Calabasas, CA.

11/2/2009 01:47:21 PM Report Abuse

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