As a guy who prefers to get in shape with weights, you probably walk by your gym’s aerobics studio and scoff. But when there aren’t old ladies in there—and the weight room is crowded—you can use the yoga floor for an intense body-weight workout that requires only a gym towel. The secret to the yoga room is its waxed floor: The slippery surface can be used to perform exercises with a challenging stability component.
Lie on your back on the floor and rest your heels on two towels or Valslides. Drive your heels into the floor and bridge your hips up. Simultaneously bend your knees 90 degrees to perform a leg-curl motion.
Kneel on the floor (as shown above) and place two towels in front of you. Rest a hand on each towel and let the floor support your weight. Slowly spread your arms apart, keeping a slight bend in your elbows. Lower your body as far as you can, then bring your hands back together.
From standing, rest the toes of one foot on a towel or Valslide. Push your leg back, your foot sliding along the floor. Slowly lower yourself until your front thigh is parallel to the floor and your rear knee nearly touches the floor. Perform as many reps as you can on one leg, then switch legs and repeat.
MF Bonus Tip: Trying to control your limbs while they slide across a waxed floor presents the slim but threatening possibility that you’ll lose control and slip. That means your muscles must fire extremely quickly to keep you balanced. You’ll notice that the muscle activation you get from performing the sliding chest flye is much greater than you experience doing a flye with dumbbells, so expect to get fewer reps than you’re used to.
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