Does this look like a torture chamber to you? Well, it is, but in a good way. Welcome to the latest workout craze. After a lovely holiday week skiing at 12,000 feet in Colorado, I thought a Cross Fit class would be no biggie. Ha! But here’s the thing: even though I was the oldest, fattest and slowest of the group (four men, four women), everyone was so encouraging that I managed the pull-ups (aided by a giant rubber band), the sit-ups (some new and interesting versions), and the interminable running (ok, jogging) loops around the building. This place has a cult following, there are even special Cross Fit shoes and a tee shirt! Everybody in the class is a happy convert and I know why. This workout will shed the pounds and have you ripped in no time. Lucky for me, you can go at your own pace. I figure I can bear anything for an hour, and I did. Panting, exhausted, but inexplicably exhilarated, I came home and looked up the schedule for the week. Buy me the tee shirt, I’m going back. www.midcoastcrossfit.com p.s. for those on the western end of the Shoreline, visit Crossfit in Branford and rumor has it that Pilates guru, Lisa Goldberg, is opening Mad About Crossfit in Madison any day now.