Do you wish to lose weight or get in shape? Either way, you have to spend big. Enrol yourself in a gym and take tips from wisenheimer of a trainer who has his own personal agenda (read personal training). Well, if you believe whatever we just said then here’s a simple earth-shattering truth for you: you can lose weight, at home by just using a towel. That’s right! Just a towel. You really don’t require a year long gym membership or any sort of equipment (well, it certainly won’t hurt if you are uber rich), all you need is a bit of focus, commitment and a towel (a nice, clean towel). So get that towel and let’s perform some magic.
The bicep curl
Hold the two end of the towel like how you usually grasp the barbell when doing bicep curls. Loop the middle of the towel under one foot. You can stand against the wall for better balance. Pull your leg up with the help of the towel. Another variation of the same would be to loop the towel in between two door handles and keeping your body weight as resistance and pull yourself up.
The tricep pull
Tricep pull is one amazing exercise to tone your arms. Bring the towel to the back by extending the left arm up and bending the left elbow. The towel should be in line with the spine. Bend the right arm to the back and grasp the towel at the level of the lower back. Keep the right arm steady and slowly extend the left arm up to the ceiling and then back to the start. This makes one repetition. Aim for 12 to 15 repetitions on each side. Another variation of it would be to loop in a small bucket full of water in the middle of the towel for added resistance.
Sit with knees bent with the towel wrapped under your knees, holding both ends with arms bent by sides. Brace abs in tight and lean back slightly to lift feet off the floor (body should resemble a 'V' in this position). Slowly, lower your back to floor and extend legs out at a 45-degree angle (keep holding onto the towel for support). Lower yourself until your back touches the floor (head and shoulders stay lifted). Hold for 1 count, and then use abs (towel assists) to sit back up to starting 'V' position. Do 10 reps.
Go on all fours and place the folded towel under your feet. Draw belly button into the spine to engage abs and slightly lift your knees off the ground but make sure you don’t lift your hips. Press out through your heels, sliding your legs out into a full plank position (avoid sagging). Brace abs in tighter and slide the legs back to the original position (knees still hovering). That's one rep. Try up to 15 reps or as many as you can.
Begin in a modified push-up position with your hands kept apart (shoulder width) and the left palm resting on top of a folded towel. Now, slowly slide the right arm out to the side bending the elbows in order to lower the torso towards the floor and slide the towel back in to straighten the arms and return to the starting position. Do 15 repetitions on one side before switching sides.
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