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Breathing Beauty Into CrossFit




I've never considered Crossfit a fun or fashionable workout. But I know many of you love the exercise and results that Crossfit delivers so definitely check out "Breathe" directed by my good friend, Paul Schneider. This short film has renewed my interest in Crossfit and I'm rising to the challenge of trying it again...burpees and all! Maybe I can bring some MizzFIT style to the workout. What do you think?

When I asked Paul about his inspiration for making Breathe, here's what he had to say:

I wanted to make a piece that truly captured Crossfit (and exercise in general) with the intensity and intimacy that I had felt but rarely seen. Folks see themselves in this. Its personal and a little raw. Real people in peak form pushing themselves to the limit.  Its a race against a clock thats different for us all...but that we all face.

Do you relate to this? I totally do. I feel like this when I'm running outside, even when I'm not competing in a race. If I'm not pushing myself, I'm not 100% connected to my workout. I don't think it's something you have to do all the time (low key workouts are also cool), but that feeling of catching your breath at the end of a sprint or tough exercise is amazing because you feel so empowered. You feel like you're a million steps ahead of where you were before. It's that reassuring feeling of "I did it" and "I can do it again". I don't know about you but I really loved this short film and think Paul Schneider needs to make more fitness-related films. The sound design is impeccable! Please share your reactions to Breathe in the comments section below and let me know if you've tried Crossfit and whether you're a fan or not.


written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



Say what's on your mind!

Maggie May 14th, 2011 6:11AM

Although I am not interested in Crossfit really, this was ABSOLUTELY beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing it.

trevor May 15th, 2011 1:41PM

great video! inspiring.

MizzFIT May 16th, 2011 9:29PM


I felt the same way initially but then after watching the video a few times, I actually wanted to give Crossfit another chance. I found the workout to be hard on my body years ago when I first tried it, and it wasn't the most fun I've ever had either. BUT I'd be willing to try it again. Kudos to Paul for stirring up curiosity and motivation with such a short but beautiful film. It should be the commercial for Crossfit, really.


MizzFIT May 16th, 2011 9:30PM


I should intro you to Paul. You 2 would hit it off as director friends.


Blake Robinson May 17th, 2011 9:19AM

Essence of Fitness!!

This video is amazing because it shows the passion of fitness, it's not in the flexing, the vein popping, the skin tightness of a shirt... it is in the passion of the pursuit of health and wellness. Paul this is inspiring and Mizzfit thank you for sharing.

I've done/do crossfit and think it is a great way to mix things up, push beyond preconceived limits and own your body. I also, believe that not everyone is cut out for it (not in a snobish way) and that it is very difficult to maintain for an extended period of time. Every time I've done crossfit I've left feeling amazing, you have to have a lot of self awareness to do crossfit.

Paul Schneider May 17th, 2011 12:17PM

Thanks for taking the time to watch BREATHE! Aside from the visual or creative aspects of the project, it was simply just an attempt at bringing folks together with the workout. These were all normal people who have worked hard and continue to push themselves in incredible and dynamic ways. I think putting it together like this allows us all to literally "feel" and experience their drive and passion almost as if it were our own. Capturing that intimacy and self awareness was really important...and I think it transcends to all manner of fitness.

Thanks again.

MizzFIT May 17th, 2011 6:46PM


I definitely FEEL it! Now how can I get featured in your next fitness film? And can I wear legwarmers and motorcycle style weight lifting gloves? That would be kind of amazing. Thank you for leaving a comment and sharing your insight into your own work. You know I love you but I'll say it anyway--love you!