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Here at R29, we like to think we're pretty brave when it comes to trying new workouts. SoulCycle? Been there. Parkour? Done that. We've even attempted something called the Aerial Hoop and lived to tell the tale. But, there was something about CrossFit that scared the bejeezus out of us. It always seemed like a workout tailored to big burly men who wanted to get bigger and burlier. Sure, it probably burns a lot of calories. But, the idea of volunteering for this sort of situation is daunting, to say the least.
Thankfully, the inspiring Sara Carr, one of the pro trainers at CrossFit NYC, set us straight on just why we had to try it out. And, it turns out CrossFit is definitely not just for the boys. "Women come in worried about their appearance," says Carr. "But, a few months later, they only care about how much they can deadlift or squat and less about how big their thighs are. That’s what I love about CrossFit." Oh, and we were right about one thing: It's a seriously amazing workout. As Carr puts it, "CrossFit will make your body look like what it’s supposed to look like." Ok, we're officially sold.
With Carr's help, we've broken down nine of the most difficult CrossFit moves — just in time for resolution season. Click through to see why we're now completely obsessed with CrossFit (and Ms. Carr).
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