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Ouch! In Other Words, I Tried CrossFit: Well-Balanced

You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.

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A few weeks ago, I went to a friend’s place, ostensibly to watch Downton Abbey. Little did I know that both football and a rerun of the CrossFit Games were on, and that the man of the house was home. Needless to say, the historical British drama was trumped by sports. Read on for my experience:

I had heard plenty about CrossFit (there seems to be a strong correlation between the startup community and CrossFit devotees) but never tried it myself. I signed up for a class at Mushin NYC, a martial arts gym that recently added CrossFit classes. The 45-minute session covered mostly familiar territory—squats, lunges, push-ups—but packed them into short bursts of energy. Think 20 seconds of pushups with ten seconds of rest, eight times in a row. Followed by the same amount of squats, followed by the same amount of pull-ups (girly ones, obvi). Needless to say, the following day I could barely move my arms.

I see the appeal of CrossFit: since it’s based on functional movements, you’ll rarely find yourself contorted into something that you’d never do in real life, plus it’s extremely efficient. It’s tailor-made for busy Type A folks: the workouts are short but intense, which means they’re easy to fit into a go-go schedule; you are encouraged to beat your own records for reps; and most of the exercises are easy to do on the road. I can’t say it’ll replace my normal classes but I’ll definitely be back for a second go-around. That is, as soon as my arms regain feeling.

—Mollie

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