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Arms, rope and a bell

48 Climbing a rope will tone flabby arms, trim the waist and flatten the abdomen

Last month Bonnie showed you how to start exercising on a rope, swinging on it and pulling yourself up from the floor (SI, Sept. 29). Now you are ready to climb it. When you first attempt the climb, don't try going all the way to the top. Even if you made it, you might burn your hands by coming down too fast. For incentive, mark the rope off in feet so you can see how far you've progressed. When you are able to reach the top, try placing a bell there. You can win the undying admiration of your child with your ability to ring the bell.

Hook right leg so rope lies over right foot. Pull up with arms, knees bent. Clamp left foot on rope to hold it between feet.

First start standing, later from sitting position on floor. Hold legs away from the rope. Ascend, descend hand over hand.