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Fast and effective ab workout

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

For some people working out is a chore, so why not make it fun, fast and effective? That was the thinking behind Floery Mahoney's Da Vinci Body Board.

"The Davinci Body Board is an exercise or fitness system that you workout your entire body and get cardio in 20 to 30 minutes a day," said Floery Mahoney, who designed the patent-pending board three years ago.

It's used for classes in homes and gyms across the country, including Fitness Options in South Burlington.

When Mahoney worked as a chocolatier, she noticed her workouts didn't do enough to burn off the candy. "When I got into my 40's, I started noticing my body was not working the way it used to," she said.

Mahoney wanted a more intense work out. She started by hooking straps up to furniture and eventually created the Da Vinci Body Board. "I realized when you had straps on your ankles and hands, it was the most incredible core work I tried in my life," Mahoney said.

Amoskeag Woodworking in Fairfax manufactures the $495 workout system.  It's made of Baltic Birch, a durable wood that can stand up to the intense work outs. The goal of the body board is to work as many muscles at one time as possible, combining cardio and strength training.

It's tough and tiring -- trust me.  Your upper and lower body work at the same time, creating opposing tension that forces your abs to engage. There's no way to cheat and make it easier.  I definitely tried.

Reporter Gina Bullard: My abs are on fire.

"I'd say within 3-4 weeks, you're going to see some pretty major and drastic results," Mahoney said.

The board combines many exercise styles -- from pilates to boot camp training to dancing -- which Mahoney calls band dancing.

A fun and fast way to get fit -- that's Made in Vermont.

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