Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you've heard of the exercise movement called CrossFit. Beijing has several of its own CrossFit "boxes," such as CrossfitSlash (formerly known as Middle Kingdom Fitness), Crossfit86, and CrossFit Long.

In early March, I decided to join a CrossFit box on a colleague's recommendation. I exercised regularly but – barring a misguided gym membership – had never attempted any serious weight training. I started attending the regular group classes following a four-session foundation course to learn the movements.

The verdict? Just like any other kind of exercise, CrossFit has its pros and cons. Whether it's right for you depends on personal preference, previous injuries, motivation level, individual goals, and – let's be honest – finances.

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