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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.

Why You Should Eat Onions Before Skiing

Why You Should Eat Onions Before Skiing
Onions
Quercetin, an antioxidant flavonoid found in onions and apples, has been found to increase performance in athletes.

If you’re planning a big day of spring skiing, consider ingesting some quercetin before you head out. Quer-sah-who? Quercetin (kha-where-sah-tin) is an antioxidant flavonoid found in onions and apples. Several studies have found that this antioxidant powerhouse—commonly used for seasonal allergies—increases performance in athletes.

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.

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