(Top) Scene from the CrossFit Invitational (Left) Christine Alba competes in a CrossFit event.

Southern Californian Christine Alba initially came across the CrossFit workout through a Paleo Diet book, and when a co-worker raved to the commercial airline pilot about its benefits, she decided to check it out.

“I’m a runner who likes to work out, but was initially hesitant to try it,” she said. “It seemed extremely rigorous and intimidating.”

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