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Pilates Towel Workout For Strength & Mobility

As originally published May/June 2013 in Pilates Style

LEVEL
Beginner

EQUIPMENT
3- to 4-foot long towel, mat

WHO
Instructor Moira Merrithew is the cofounder and executive director of Education at Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and a master instructor trainer.

WHAT
Standing and floor routines that incorporate 34 basic Pilates exercises with the use of a towel—alternately placed behind the knees, behind the back, overhead, underfoot—to activate muscles, increase resistance, mobilize joints, lengthen fascia and provide support.

TARGET
This is a subtle, overall strengthener and wakes up sleepy, underused muscles and joints.

INTENSITY
Mild to moderate.

BUY THIS BECAUSE
It feels great. The towel helps to gently ease tightness in the shoulders, hamstrings, hips and lower back, making it more like a deluxe stretch session than a workout.

SPECIAL FEATURES
The beauty of this program is that you can easily do it anywhere—at home or in a hotel room—since all you need is a towel.