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The Bomb Buster: Battling ropes. Lauderdale's instructions: "Get a 30-50 foot rope and anchor it to either a wall or a heavy enough weight. Stand back leaving only a little slack in the rope. Create a strong base by squatting down. Have one end of the rope in each hand, and move your hands up and down in an opposite fashion as if you are playing the drums. Repeat the movement for 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, for 10 minutes total." Complete two and a half sets total to burn off one serving of mashed potatoes and gravy.
Why: According to Lauderdale, the dual wave action of the ropes "will have you feeling like you ran a 100-meter sprint after only 30 seconds of work." At high intensity, these ropes burn 300 to 500 calories per half hour.
Reality Check: Battling ropes are the stuff of "The Biggest Loser" workouts, which means they must be serious calorie crunchers -- and pretty difficult. I wouldn't balk at giving this workout a shot, but I'd definitely try it with one of my more fitness-inclined friends in tow, so I don't feel as self-conscious asking my gym where they keep the giant ropes.
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