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CrossFit: Ringing in the New Year

CrossFit: Ringing in the New Year
CrossFit: New Year's
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in shape for ski season. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It may be painful, but the good news is that now Rosner has a backup job...as a brick layer. Or jackhammerer. Or contestant on that reality TV show where they pull trucks of cement. Here's how she pays—and dearly—for holiday excess.

Returning to the gym after a week away is always tough. Only seven days, but somehow each pushup is harder, each kettlebell feels heavier (did I really use this weight last time?), each box jump seems higher. A week filled with holiday meals doesn't help matters.

The Last Plateau

The Last Plateau
The Last Plateau
You’ve been skiing for years and have cranked out millions of vertical feet—and maybe even taken a lesson or two. The result: You’re a confident advanced skier. Satisfied? Don’t be. With a little more work on snow and in the gym, you can be a seamless expert.

Photos shot at Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl, Calif.

Lesson #1: Smooth and Steady (Skiing)

Lesson #2: Smooth and Steady (Fitness)

Lesson #3: Power Through Edging (Skiing)

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