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[ Mon, 2010-06-07 13:01 ]
CrossFit: Back to Work
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's painful, but now Rosner has more employment options...like brick layer. Or jackhammerer. Or contestant on that reality TV show where they pull trucks of cement. This week she marvels at how far she's come.

The first day I walked into a crossfit gym, an absurdly ripped girl was doing pull-ups. She finished up whatever outrageous number was required for that day’s workout, and then offered to demonstrate for me the art of kipping—a move that lets you use momentum and whole body strength, instead of just your arms, to do each pull-up. Despite the fact that she should’ve already been tired, she went right back at it, swinging her body and pulling her head above the bar, over and over, without appearing the slightest bit winded.

[ Wed, 2010-05-12 13:22 ]
CrossFit: Back to Work
SKI Mag's blogger, Hillary Rosner, joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's 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. This week she gets back in the gym after a spring of slacking.

April showers bring May flowers… and April gym absences cultivate nothing but muscle loss and lethargy. I learned this firsthand, and now I’m trying to remedy the situation. A hectic travel schedule from mid-March through the beginning of May left me unable to make it to Boulder CrossFit more than once a week. Some weeks I couldn’t make it to the gym at all. As always, I vowed to do some of the traveling workouts designed to be done on the road. But as always, I was too exhausted at the end of a long day.

CrossFit: Believing it's Possible

CrossFit: Believing it's Possible
CrossFit Pull-up
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in ski shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's 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. This week she works on turning her visualizations into reality.

It happens nearly every time I go skiing: I’m standing at the top of a run—or I’m midway down, but the terrain has changed—and I look downhill and suddenly fear there is no way I’ll make it to the bottom. I can’t possibly make one more turn on this ridiculously steep slope. I can’t even remember how to turn. What am I doing here? Why is this supposed to be fun?

CrossFit: Do It Yourself

CrossFit: Do It Yourself
Hillary Rosner
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in ski shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's 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. This week she tells us how to try out some CrossFit moves outside of the gym.

OK, so Apollo Ohno supposedly trains by lifting 1,000 pounds with one leg. I’m sure if I did that, I’d do a whole lot better on the moguls. But then again, I’d have thighs the size of a grizzly bear and wouldn’t fit into my svelte Patagonia ski pants. Thankfully, my CrossFit workouts seem to be doing the trick of making me a stronger skier without changing my general body shape.  

CrossFit: Testing the Effects

CrossFit: Testing the Effects
CrossFit: How Fit is Fit Enough?
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in ski shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's 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. This week she heads to the slopes to see if all that hard work has paid off.

I finally made it onto the slopes. On a perfect blue-sky day—the sort that makes you feel smug about living in Colorado—I disembarked from the Colorado SuperChair at Breckenridge with my husband and brother-in-law and took my first ski run of the year. I knew what to expect.

CrossFit: How Fit Is Fit Enough?

CrossFit: How Fit Is Fit Enough?
CrossFit: How Fit is Fit Enough?
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in ski shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's 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. This week she questions her commitment level.

When it comes to sports and athletic pursuits, I'm really not a competitive person. Sure, back in college I once got into a fight with a boyfriend during a bowling outing, when he kept throwing strikes and I kept throwing gutter balls. And, okay, I might need more than one hand to count the number of times I've squabbled with my husband on the ski slopes after he's glided down the mountain like a swan crossing a lake and I've arrived ten minutes later, having had to make enormous S-curves to avoid certain death.

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)

Fitness: Back Burners

Instruction

Abs get all the press, but the flip side of your core deserves its 15 minutes, too.

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