The title of this morning’s post probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it means a lot to me. At CrossFit last night, I did my first all Level 2 (L2) workout!! Woohoo!
Completing a Level 2 workout is huge deal for me because when I first started CrossFit, I could barely do a Level 1 workout. But, over time, I’ve gotten stronger and built up my endurance, so I’ve regularly moved into Level 1 workouts with a few Level 2 exercises thrown into the mix, but last night’s WOD was my first official Level 2 workout.
No idea what I am talking with this Level 1 and Level 2 stuff? Let me explain. These levels are simply exercise modifications and/or substitutions, which often use less weight than the prescribed (as written) WOD. At CrossFit 781, a number of the guys do the prescribed workouts, but a lot of the members do variations of Level 2 and Level 1 workouts. Even people who are in great shape, like Mal, for instance, do Level 2 WODs. You can still get an amazing workout and having these options makes CrossFit physically assessable to just about everyone. CrossFit South Brooklyn does a great job of further explaining the CrossFit Levels.
Last night’s WOD was an 8-minute AMRAP ladder of Thrusters and Kettlebell Swings, so we started with one Thruster and one Kettlebell Swing and then two Thrusters and two Kettlebell Swings and kept moving our way up the ladder until time ran out. Then, to finish the workout, we did 60 Hollow-rocks, which are basically ab torture.
WOD: “Cash Out”
8 Min AMRAP ladder of:
Thrusters (95, 65)
Kettlebell Swings (70, 53)
The Level 2 weight for women was 45 pounds for the Thrusters and 35 pounds for the Kettlebell Swings. I did 9 rounds + 10 Thrusters in 8 minutes (total: 55 Thrusters + 45 Kettlebell Swings). It felt awesome to complete my first all Level 2 workout, and I may or may not have done the Running Man in celebration. (I also may or may not know why that move is suddenly my “happy dance.”)
There are a ton of reasons why I love CrossFit, but the most important is (as cheesy as it may sound) it makes the impossible seem possible.
I remember on my very first day of CrossFit, when Mal and I were doing the intro session, one of our coaches brought out a 20-inch box and asked me to jump on top of it. I’m pretty sure I looked at her like she was nuts. I even told her I didn’t think I could do it. I was totally prepared to bruise my shins trying, but I gave it my best effort and jumped on top of the box with a good 4-5 inches to spare. Ever since then, I’ve had the confidence to work toward skills that I originally thought were impossible, like rope climbs and chin-ups. (FYI: I can now do three unassisted chin-ups in a row! I am, however, still working on those pull-ups!) I’m constantly surprising myself with what I’m able to do at CrossFit. This, of course, motivates me to challenge myself and work toward being the best I can be.
After CrossFit, Mal and I came home and threw together quite a feast for dinner. We used our Griddler (best kitchen tool ever) to make grilled chicken quesadillas with all the fixings.
In the mix: whole wheat wraps, shredded cheese, sour cream, black beans, salsa, grilled chicken, homemade guacamole (3 avocados + + 1 tsp of minced garlic + 1/2 tsp cumin, salt, and pepper), chopped tomatoes and bell peppers.
I added a little bit of each of the ingredients to my quesadilla, so it ended up being massive! I didn’t think I could eat the whole thing, but I did. No problem.
I woke up craving eggs this morning, so I scrambled some up and added chopped leftover Brussels sprouts and truffle salt. Yum!
On the side, I had a piece of whole wheat toast with sunflower butter spread on top.
And iced coffee with soy milk. Obv.
Question of the Day
Physically, what’s something you never thought you could achieve, but you did?