Band Training with a Towel

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Using a Towel During Band Training

I would have never thought a simple towel would have been so effective at increasing the core intensity and comfort of band training.

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Every time I look to add accessories to band training I ask myself 3 things:

  1. Will the accessory ultimately damage my band?
  2. Will it potentially create a risk for injury?
  3. Will it add to the value and effectiveness of band training without increasing complexity?

How Towel-Band Training Takes Pushing and Pulling to the Next Level

On a recent trip, I forgot to take along my band training handles which, in retrospect, was probably a good thing because airport security sometimes has an issue with them since they have metal carabiners.

Regardless, when it came time to knockout a band workout, I realized I did not have my training handles. Normally this would not be a big deal because I could have easily done attachment free band training which did not require handles. However, I really wanted to do some aggressive upper body training using horizontal vectors so I really needed something that allowed me to aggressively grasp the band.

In the past I had played around with towels which obviously I had available in the hotel so I decided to see what kind of workout I could get done using a single band and a towel. To make a long story short, I quickly realized the more aggressive my grasp, the more intense the muscle recruitment became.

I also started to realize just how effective a towel was at allowing me to train diagonals and in rotational planes. As an example, single arm rotational pushing took on an entirely new meaning training with a towel.

Now I knew pulling using a towel was great but what I did not realize was how comfortable lunging, pushing and pressing was.

Band Training with a Towel makes pulling and pushing a totally new type of band exercise.


Towel-Band Training Ideas

Here are some towel–band training exercise ideas so the next time you travel, you can knockout your own band–towel workout.


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Meet Dave

Dave Schmitz, PT, CSCS, PES has been writing, teaching and training how to implement resistance band training for rehabilitation, general conditioning, and performance since 1996. He is the founder & co-owner of Resistance Band Training— the leading band provider worldwide.

Along with being a co-author of the Amazon best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs, Dave is also the author and producer of numerous fitness & nutrition articles, E-books, DVDs. His passion is focused on trainers, clients, and athletes improve their body’s ability to handle momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces using elastic resistance. Dave also consults online with several high schools, universities, private performance training business and is also on the board of experts for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA).

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