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How To Turn a Hotel Towel into a Barbell

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These three moves provide a surprisingly challenging total-body workout.

A simple towel is all you need for a challenging total-body workout. Here are the three key moves:

Push-Up Hold

This traditional push-up adds resistance to target the chest and back.

  1. Get down on all fours. Grab an end of a towel in each hand and wrap the towel across your upper back and under your armpits.
  2. With your palms on the towel ends, assume the bottom of a push-up position. Lift your body upward against the towel as hard as you can, breathing to a count of four.
  3. Lower your body, but not all the way to the floor, to rest briefly. Repeat the move for a total of 30 to 60 seconds.

Snap up the difficulty: Bring your feet together and perform the push-up on one leg, switching legs at the halfway mark.

Seesaw Push-Pull

This exercise works your arms through a full range of motion, helping strengthen your shoulders, chest, and arms.

  1. Hold the towel taut at your chest, with arms shoulder-width apart and elbows bent 90 degrees. Keep your heels pressed into the floor and hips and shoulders square as you engage your abs and glutes.
  2. Simultaneously push with your left arm until it’s straight (like a chest press) and draw back your right arm until your hand reaches your armpit (like a row). Hold for two seconds.
  3. Push with your right arm and draw back with your left. Alternate for 30 to 60 seconds.

Snap up the difficulty: Sink into a deep squat to engage more of your lower body as you perform the exercise.

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This story is fueled by EVEN Hotels. Their commitment to enable wellness in travel is more than just staying at their hotels, where wellness is built in. It’s enabling wellness minded travelers to travel well wherever their journey takes them. Discover more at WellWellWell.com