For the past three weeks I've been doing intense hour-long training sessions at High Performance Gym to repair my baby-busted abs. I figured if it was good enough for Matt Damon and Drea de Matteo's hot bods, it was good enough for me.
Deemsy has been taking me through my paces, helping me work my abs from a 360-degree perspective, not just from the belly. After our workouts I find that not only are my abs sore, but other muscles, including my lats and my hamstrings, are also getting worked.
frances-pull-up-150×200.jpg , side planks are tough enough. But when you add a row to the workout, it throws off your balance, causing you to recruit those stabilizers in your core and back even more.
frances-plank-150×200.jpg was elevated and I was dripping with sweat.
You too can heave and thrash your way to fitness with your own python-like rope, but it's not cheap – 40-foot rope costs $199.95, plus $30 shipping. Still, if you have a sturdy tree in the backyard or something else secure to tie the rope to, it can offer up hours (Who am I kidding? You'll last 15 minutes at most.) of seriously fun fitness, and it's definitely cheaper than a gym membership.