You saw Kelsey in her Athlete Spotlight yesterday and now you can read about her experience at the CF Level 1 Cert she went to! If you’re interested in going the the Level 1 there is a big group of Thornton Athletes heading to CrossFit Roots in January! Sign-up and get your learn on!
The Level 1 Trainer’s Course:
I was fortunate enough to be able spend my weekend at CrossFit Roots in Boulder, which is an amazing facility to say the least, taking my CrossFit Level 1 Course. For 2 days I was coached and taught by some of the best CrossFit athletes; Cherie Chan, Chris Spiel, and Nuno Costa, just to name a few, and I was surrounded by other lovers of this amazing sport. Needless to say, we were all hungry for more knowledge. Everyday we sat through a few lectures that were broken up by “break out groups” where we would practice our own execution (with the trusty PVC pipe) of the 9 foundational movements of CrossFit- the air squat, front squat, overhead squat, press, push press, push jerk, dead lift, sumo dead-lift high pull and the med ball clean. We also went through how to execute a snatch, muscle up, pull up, and thruster all while learning how to teach these movements to others and what to do to help perfect these movements. Although I expected to move all weekend I did not expect to do that much squatting and pressing.
On Saturday there were vicious rumors going around that we were going to do Fran, which terrified everyone I spoke to about it, but luckily it was just that- a rumor. We had to do a variation of it though, 15 thrusters (for some reason I did it at the Rx weight) and 12 burpees, 3 rounds for time. While I have felt myself grow stronger the past few months, nothing is so humbling as competing with 20 other women who have been doing this for years and who totally kicked my butt! I went home that night loving and hating CrossFit even more. I felt as though my lungs were bleeding, I was a little dizzy, I realized just how far I still have to go to get better, and yet I couldn’t wait for the next day and to learn more. Sunday we did our WOD in the morning and paired up with another student and practiced our coaching skills. We spotted the faults common to the movements we had worked on all weekend, helped each other fix things we were struggling with, and corrected things we had been doing wrong that we didn’t even know about! We sat through a few more lectures, had a few more break out groups, watched our instructors work out while I ate lunch in total awe, and asked all the questions we could think of. Finally, we were ready to take the test.
Taking the Level 1 test was like taking the SATs all over again, except it was for something I love instead of something I simply “had to do”. It was also, unfortunately, just as nerve racking, but I can confidently say I aced it! One hour later, after all the tests were turned in and as the closing remarks are given, I thought of how much this sport has changed the lives and touched so many people. But what I loved most about the weekend was how much the community of CrossFit reaches so far beyond your home box. Watching 64 strangers cheer on the last person to finish the WOD each day only solidified this. That is what I love about this sport, the community and how we are all always working to improve. We can only get better from here.
1) 15mins 1RM Snatch
10min AMRAP of: