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!

Some Lighter Fare: Ten Questions!

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for some lighter fare today! So here’s my answers to a copy of “The Ten Questions From Inside The Actors’ Studio” that was thrown around Facebook the other day. Ponder, and maybe have a chuckle.

1. What is your favorite word?

I honestly have a list of favorite words, it’s hard to choose. We’ll go with either spork or astigmatism

2. What is your least favorite word?

“Bae.” Just shoot me.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

Listening to my podcast “friends”, beach rambles, and a chill night in with good friends and a bottle of wine or three, respectively

4. What turns you off?

Pundits arguing on cable news

5. What is your favorite curse word?

With the small ears around the house I’m trying to back down on the swearing, so recently I’ve switched to Shakespearean insults. “I scorn you, scurvy companion!”

6. What sound or noise do you love?

That hollow whooshing sound a forest makes when blanketed in snow.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

When someone in the car rolls one of the rear windows all the way down on the freeway, and the whole car gets that weird air pressure effect where it sounds like a helicopter is landing on your shoulder

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Research in some sort of psychology or social sciences field. People fascinate me.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Anything having to do with sales, or optometry

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Holy crap!

Go make it a great day!

The Last Travel Week

Hello! I’m pretty pumped and saddened by this week’s activities. It’s my last travel week until after Baby v2.0 is here. It’s nice to think that this is another milestone to “the new normal,” but I’m also a little sad because I really do love traveling for work. It’s just a nice way to shake things up every couple weeks. Of course, come November I’ll have enough new things going on to shake it up!

This weekend I had some heavenly girl time with some besties. My friend Mariko is getting married, so we had an impromptu bachelorette get-together with a few of us in the city. Saturday night we gussied up and headed to the Bubble Lounge for champagne and a small plates dinner.

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We clean up well.

Bubble Lounge was really fun. It was a great night for people watching, as there were several large groups there getting their party on, including another, huge bachelorette party. The girls split a bottle of bubbly and I was pleased to find alcohol-free menu options so I had a “classic” mint mojoto.

Sunday morning I met the girls up after brunch and we headed to Kabuki Springs and Spa in Japantown for a spa day. Oh. My. Word. That is an amazing place. Is never been to a bath house before, and I was not disappointed. First, the whole place smells amazing. Sort of a cucumber-lavender-lemony aroma that none of us could really place. The bath area was dark, tranquil, and HUGE. There was a sauna, steam room, cold pool, and hot pool. I think you’re supposed to progress through everything in some order to properly “cleanse,” but we just soaked in the hot tub for the most part. In the steam room they offer little bowls of salt scrub so you can give yourself a good skin exfoliation while you steam. I did take great care to drink a ton of the iced water and to take breaks when I felt too hot, but it was amazing nonetheless. Along with plentiful water infused with lemon and cucumber, they also offered ice-cold washcloths and a wonderful hot teal that was some sort of fruity floral green tea. I drank my fair share of to too, my teeth were chattering with the caffeine by the end of the stay!

The best part was the massage. I had a half-session prenatal massage that was sooooo good. I wish it was a longer session, but we booked kind of late and that was all the time available. They didn’t have a prenatal table, so I laid on my side with a body pillow, and it was surprisingly relaxing and comfortable. My therapist did a wonderful job hitting all of my “problem” spots in the short time we had, and I floated out of there.

I am totally going back to Kabuki, if not for the spa services than just for the bath house experience. Totally worth it!

After getting blissed out, we continued our adventures in Japantown with some ramen at the center. I had the wonton ramen, which spoke to my soul. Nothing like a good bowl of ramen!

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And then I went home and took a nap. The end.

Time to board yet another plane. See you on the other side!