Drinking the CrossFit kool-aid: My Level 1 Trainer Seminar Weekend

Holy smokes, you guys! Labor Day weekend was a complete whirlwind of excitement and goodness for me this year.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had nothing planned for the long holiday weekend, and the kids were scheduled to hang with their dad. I realized that this was a fabulous opportunity to find some thing wild and crazy to do, just for me. I contemplated taking a mini-vacation, but when I browsed local resorts and vacation spots I wasn’t really feeling it. Then my random bunny-trail clicking brought me to the CrossFit website, and I remembered that it had been a long-time bucket list item of mine to go for my Level 1 training certification. There were no seminars near me, but the one listed in Park City, UT came up. Some quick Googling and researching the available airline miles I had available, and I realized that a weekend in Park City was totally do-able. So I took a deep breath and booked my spot in the seminar!

Now, I’ve been basically out of Cross-Fit since last October. I’ve taken a couple of classes on occasion, but I haven’t been a consistent attendee for quite some time. Even though I’ve tried to keep up on my own at home and I’m now running 5k’s quite consistently, I am incredibly out of shape compared to where I was before. A small part of me was super intimidated and nervous for even considering that I could get my CF-L1. Who do I think I am, when there’s people out there way more fit and dedicated than I am? Even as  I walked through the doors of CrossFit Park City on the first day, I was extremely nervous.

And of course since I was nervous, I arrived super early and super caffeinated. Then as I was sitting in the lecture area awaiting for check-in to start, one of the CF Seminar coaches came up to welcome us and give us instructions, and my jaw totally dropped to the floor. It was Margaux Alvarez, six-time CrossFit Games athlete and winner of last year’s marathon row event! I was in complete fan girl shock, and I’m not certain exactly what the instructions were that she gave us, because after she said, “Hi everyone! Welcome …” my ears just sort of stopped working. I just blindly shuffled in line with the other attendees while my brain slowly started putting myself back together.

Once everyone was checked in and assembled, we started the seminar. And OMG you guys, the first day was just a blur of information and total CrossFit geeking out. I was drinking from a fire hose of information about methodology, CrossFit terminology, and technique and I was loving every second of it. We alternated between sit-down lectures and workshops for walking through the basic functional movements in terms of both executing and coaching them. In addition to Margaux, there were four other elite CrossFit coaches that cycled through the lecture portions and the hands-on workshops, and they were all so awesome in both knowledge and personality. Some were even “CrossFit OGs” that trained with Coach Glassman back in the early days. They say that CrossFit coaches are some of the best in the world, and while I have no basis for comparison I would have to agree!

After Day 1 closed out, the weather was so beautiful that I decided to find a local hiking trail to explore Park City for a bit. Fortunately, there was a series of mountain biking trails just behind the gym, so I had myself a little hike and allowed all of the knowledge and materials from the day swirl and settle in my brain as I enjoyed the gorgeous scenery.

Meanwhile, I think pretty much anyone who has attended a CF-L1 seminar has said this, but who’d’ve thought you could get sore from PVC air squats??

I hobbled into Day 2 sore but ready for more. It was more lecture and workshop, followed by the exam at the end. And I was super nervous for the trainer exam. Because exam. By the afternoon lecture my brain was so full, and the 7,000 ft elevation was starting to get to me. Who was the genius that decided to go to a fitness seminar at altitude? I just kept slugging water and feeling relieved that I’ll be back at sea level in SF by bedtime, though a little disappointed because I just wanted to live here in CrossFit Land forever! It felt like too soon they started passing out the exams. They take a few days to score and get back, so as of the time of writing this post I haven’t received my exam results back yet so I’m not sure how I did. I went through moments of “this is cake; I am so CrossFitty!” to “Holy crap, why didn’t I study more?” so I really don’t know how I scored. But we had a nice wrap-up, took some pictures, and then I blasted back to the airport to catch my flight home.

Overall it was an amazing weekend! I highly encourage anyone who likes to geek out on CrossFit to try it sometime, even if you have no real aspirations to train, or don’t think you’re “in shape” enough, it doesn’t matter! The Level 1 seminar gives you so much more background on the whys and hows of CrossFit, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people from all over. And the trainers are incredible! A huge thanks to Brent, Michelle, Margaux, Gene, and Doug for their great lectures, informative breakouts, and knowledge sharing for a topic where the passion and commitment runs deep. I can’t say enough good things about it!

Go make it a great day!

4 thoughts on “Drinking the CrossFit kool-aid: My Level 1 Trainer Seminar Weekend

    • I’m sure you have your hands full as it is with a newly minted one-year-old! It took me forever to find the time – and the courage! – to go for it.

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