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Towel

Progressive Angular Twist

Progressive Angular Twist

A.

Grab both ends of the towel about shoulder-width apart. Relax the shoulders down and back and extend arms forward at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in the elbow. Twist towel to the left, raising right hand slightly and lowering left hand, then switch, twisting in the other direction.

B.

Start small, twisting about 10 to 20 degrees in each direction. After one eight count, progress into a medium-size twist, and for the third eight count, twist a full 180 degrees so the towel is vertical and one hand is directly over the other. Progress back to medium twists and then small twists for one eight count each for five eight counts total.

Alternating Triceps Trigger

Alternating Triceps Trigger

A.

Grab both ends of the towel about shoulder-width apart. Relax the shoulders down and back and extend arms forward at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in the elbow. Twist the right hand down and up, ending with your palm facing you and the towel wrapped around the back side. Then flip palm toward the center of the towel so palm faces forward.

B.

Repeat on the left side so the towel is taut and hands are side by side. Relax shoulders down and back and keep a slight bend in both elbows. Holding this position, push right hand slightly forward. Then switch, pushing left hand forward. Start slow, then speed up, alternating each side.

C.

To make it more advanced, pull the towel in toward chest, elbows in tight to sides. Extend arms forward to return to starting position.

Flexion Raise

Flexion Raise

A.

Grab both ends of the towel about shoulder-width apart. Relax the shoulders down and back and extend arms forward at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in the elbow to start.

B.

Slowly lift the towel overhead for one eight count, then slowly lower the towel down to starting position for one eight count.

Tap Those Traps

Tap Those Traps

A.

Grab both ends of the towel about shoulder-width apart. Relax the shoulders down and back and extend arms forward at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in the elbow.

B.

Pull the towel toward chest with elbows wide, squeezing shoulder blades together. Extend arms forward to return to starting position.

Extended Horizontal Pulse

Extended Horizontal Pulse

A.

Grab both ends of the towel about shoulder-width apart. Relax the shoulders down and back and extend arms forward at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in the elbow. Holding this position, pulse up and down. Start small then slowly make the pulses larger.

Spoon

Spoon

A.

Start sitting in a chair on a smooth surface, heels on a towel. Grip hands around the seat and lift off the chair, butt elevated and spine straight. Keeping arms straight, lean forward so torso and legs form a 90-degree. In a slow, controlled movement for 4 counts, flex feet and pull the hips up toward the ceiling. On the 4-count-out, push the hips down and feet forward.

B.

For an added challenge, add a triceps dip in between reps.

Carriage Kicks

Carriage Kicks

A.

On a smooth surface, start in a lunge position with the right leg in front and left leg behind, foot on a towel. Squat down and hold this position with the front leg, making sure the knee does not go forward beyond the toes. Slide the left foot back until the leg is almost straight (but not locked), then slide the left foot back in until the left knee is directly below the left hip. Keep this movement going on a 4-count-in, 4-count-out basis. Do one 2-minute set, then repeat on the opposite side.

B.

To mimic pulling the weight of the Supra carriage, add 2.5-pound ankle weights and slip a resistance band around your legs. Place the band right below the front knee, and above the back of your rear knee.

Catfish

Catfish

A.

Start by selecting a sturdy piece of furniture, and a smooth floor surface (e.g., tile or hardwood). Facing the chair, place hands on the sides of the seat with straight arms. With a 90-degree angle between your hips and the floor, place your feet on a towel, balancing on the balls of feet with a slight bend in the knees. Pull your knees in toward elbows on a 4-count-in. Then, staying on the balls of feet, sliding your feet out on a 4-count to return to start.

B.

To mimic the Supra's different incline levels, use a set of stairs to place your hands and different heights, keeping feet on a towel on the ground.

Bear

Bear

A.

On a solid, bare floor (e.g., tile or hardwood) start in a high plank position with shoulders over wrists and feet on a towel. Pull the knees into your chest without arching hips, keeping back as flat as possible. Continue this movement with a slow 4-count in and 4-count out for 2 minutes without pausing.

B.

To mimic the resistance and pull of the Supra machine, add a pair of 2.5-pound ankle weights.

Spoon

Spoon

A.

Start sitting in a chair on a smooth surface, heels on a towel. Grip hands around the seat and lift off the chair, butt elevated and spine straight. Keeping arms straight, lean forward so torso and legs form a 90-degree. In a slow, controlled movement for 4 counts, flex feet and pull the hips up toward the ceiling. On the 4-count-out, push the hips down and feet forward.

B.

For an added challenge, add a triceps dip in between reps.

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