isn't dunking through fiery hoops (left) or rappelling from atop US Airways
Center, the Phoenix Suns' famously acrobatic mascot--played for 18 seasons by
Bob Woolf, now 41--is being flogged into shape by his taskmaster and
father-in-law, Andy Bauman, 64. The former Boston private investigator and
martial arts expert has a regimen that strays far from convention. Gorilla's
odd-looking drills (which he does in full costume, in no set order) and strange
props are meant to build strength in his core and lower body while elevating
his heart rate. The randomness is key. "In this job," Woolf says,
"you never know what you'll need to pick up, throw over your shoulders and
run up stadium stairs with." Here, a sampling of one of Gorilla's
A hanging, 20-foot-high cargo net, unmoored at the bottom.
Climb from floor to ceiling at full speed. Do two or three times. For added
difficulty wear a 40-pound weight vest.
Arms, upper body, cardiovascular system.
"It works all my body parts together. With the net loose on the bottom, it
helps with your core balance too."
A hanging, 80-pound bag.
Hang upside down, wrapping feet around the top of bag, ankles crossed behind
chain. Do three sets of 12 ab crunches. For added resistance, hold a 12-pound
medicine ball against chest.
Works Core, and
inside and outside of legs (from squeezing the bag).