I just googled Dara Torres's training routine and the intensity of it scared me. (Yes, I know she's an Olympic medallist. It's supposed to be intense. But still!)
To look like her (with those killer abs!) I have to do lots of crunches, core strengthening exercises, cable rotations - did I mention lots of core exercises? And pull-ups?! (Torres add 15 pounds weights to each ankle for her pull-ups!)
When I started looking at her routine more closely, I noticed there isn't much work with the weight-machines. Dara Torres's body has been trained to work more efficiently and the result is a leaner but more powerful body. She is in fact 12 pounds leaner than she was in 2000.
Her trainer set her on a series of exercises that combine elements of calisthenics, plyometrics, and yoga. (Hah! Yoga!) It is programmed to work a variety of muscles groups at once, usually starting with the core. (I'm beginning to see why my yoga teacher loves core-work so much. She's onto something.)
I'm psyching myself right now. Let this be the goal:
I'm going swimming this weekend. Really.