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The Bedroom Workout

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The Bedroom Workout
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The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” If you travel a lot -- either for business or pleasure -- chances are, you frequently find yourself needing a workout but having only minimal equipment and space available. Get creative and use this gym-free workout. The only think you'll need is what’s readily available in any hotel room or bedroom. The following five-exercise circuit -- which requires only a towel -- will tone and tighten your arms, abs and hips without needing any crazy equipment.

How to Use This Workout
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How to Use This Workout

Perform each exercise in the order listed. Work in one of the following three intervals, depending on your current fitness level. Level 1 (Beginner): 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest for each move. Do four total cycles for a 20-minute workout. Level 2 (Intermediate): 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest for each move. Do five total cycles for a 25-minute workout. Level 3 (Advanced): 50 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for each move. Do six total cycles for a 30-minute workout.

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1. Towel Push-Up Hold
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1 Towel Push-Up Hold

HOW TO DO IT: Start on all fours and wrap an extra-large beach towel around your trunk and underneath your armpits with your hands clenching the ends of the towel. Then lie on your belly. Assume a push-up position in the mid- to bottom-half of the range of motion by pressing up against the towel as hard as you can. The lower you go, the harder you’ll work. Hold for four seconds, briefly pause and relax, and repeat for time. Make sure to really tighten your abs and glutes and cue your chest to make your body as flat as a diving board throughout each isometric hold.

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2. Towel Split Squat Biceps Curl
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2 Towel Split Squat Biceps Curl

HOW TO DO IT: Start in a split stance and place your right foot on the middle of a towel. Grab the ends of the towel with your hands. The towel must be taut to provide the needed resistance. Use your arms to pull your hips down until your back knee is just above the floor and pause for a count. You will be pushing up through your front heel as your lower body is creating smooth and steady resistance for your upper body without stalling the descent. Slowly reverse the movement, this time using your arms to resist the ascent created by the force of your legs. Repeat for time and switch sides at the halfway mark. Make sure to stay tall, load your front heel, and keep your knee and ankle aligned throughout the movement.

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3. Towel Hip Extension Hold
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3 Towel Hip Extension Hold

HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your back, bend your knees at 90-degree angles so your heels are just underneath your knees, and wrap a towel around your hips. Tighten your abs and drive through your heels, raising your hips until you form a straight line from your head to your knees. Hold for time. Use your arms to pull down, creating as much tension as you can for your glutes. Fight to maintain full hip extension without moving at your lower back.

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4. Towel Renegade Row
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4 Towel Renegade Row

HOW TO DO IT: Start in a push-up position, holding a towel taut at chest level with your hands shoulder-width apart and elbows flexed at 90-degree angles. Then simultaneously push with your right arm until it’s fully extended (like a chest press) while pulling with your left arm until your hand reaches armpit level (like a row). Pause for a count. Come back down into a push-up, and as you come up again, switch sides. Do not allow any slack in the towel throughout the movement. Make sure to keep your hips and shoulders square throughout the movement by driving the balls of your feet into the ground, tightening your abs and glutes and pulling your shoulders down and back.

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5. Towel Swipers
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5 Towel Swipers

HOW TO DO IT: Start by assuming a split stance with your right leg forward and heel loaded while firmly holding a taut towel at chest level. Pivot your feet and rotate your hips 180 degrees to your left as you swipe the towel across your body until your left leg is forward and hold for a count. Then reverse the movement and repeat for time. Keep your belly button forward at all times so you are rotating at your hips and not your lower back. You’ll also need to work hard to decelerate the force of your arms upon each swipe to prevent over-rotation.

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What Do YOU Think?
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What Do YOU Think?

Do you travel a lot? How do you stay fit on the road? Do you try to stay at hotels with fitness centers in them or do you get creative with your workouts? If you invent your own workouts, what do they entail? Do you think you'll give this workout a try? Or have you already? What did you think? Would you add or change any of the moves in this workout to meet your goals? Share your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below!

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