Death By Thrusters

Posted byLori Posted onAugust 27, 2010 Comments13

Death By Thrusters. That is what started my morning (and that’s not what she said.. I know you were thinking it.). If you don’t already do CrossFit, try it! It’s amazing… and I promise, you won’t die. (You’ll just be seriously sore. In a good way.)

What is a thruster, you ask. And why on Earth would you consider death by anything other than chocolate?


Death By:

Do a thruster equal to the minute you are on, for as many minutes as you can. Everyone uses 45 lbs bar. Example: Minute 1, do 1 Thruster. Minute 2, do 2 Thrusters. Minute 3, do 3 Thrusters, and so on.

This sounds simple enough, right? Yeah, for the first 8 minutes or so. And then you get to 15 thrusters and that bar is getting pretty damn heavy and all you want to do is stop. But you keep on going. And then you get to the point where you’re not actually getting a rest, nor putting the bar down between minutes. Ug.

Result: I got through 16 minutes, and at the 17th minute I only performed 16 thrusters, so I was out. But man, what a great workout.

Followed by: Yes, because I just can’t get enough of heart pumping, weight lifting, sweat inducing endorphins, I continued my workout after CrossFit was over.

Since my arms wouldn’t lift over my head after all those thrusters, I decided to focus on legs. (Side Note: I’ve started a lifting routine in addition to my 3 days of CrossFit… just to add in more strength.)

Seated Squats: 3 sets of 8 (plates equaling 160 lbs)

Seated Calves: 3 x 20, 1 x 15 (plates equaling 160 lbs)

One-leg Deadlift: 2 x 10 (50 lbs)

One-leg deep squats (Pistols) each leg: 2 x 3 (weighted 15 lbs) 1 x 6 (unweighted)

And that leads me to Friday. Ahhhhh, Happy Friday. I seriously love Fridays. It just means you’re mere hours away from happy hour, driving home from work in traffic, or just throwing all thoughts of work out the window (unless you work on the weekends, and in that case, I am sorry).

Fridays also mean it’s the weekend and for me, I have plenty of time for cooking!

Can’t you tell I’m a rock star? I party hard on my weekends.. me and the kitchen. Yeah, lame. But I love just doing nothing (besides cooking, experimenting with food, movie watching, reading. Does this mean I’m old…at my ripe old age of 25?).

I was elated when I went to the grocery store (Safeway of all places) and found kabocha squash. It was calling my name. And since I can’t find it anywhere, so I was pretty excited (again… lame).

Baked Kabocha with basil-sage pesto
Basil-Sage Pesto

Cubed, oiled, baked and topped. That’s how I roll. And that’s how I eat my kabocha.

With a CSA veggie basket delivery every Wednesday, I’ve got a lot of veggies in the house. Too many. But one thing we get every week is a huge stash of basil. And we grow basil. Anyway, what else is there to do with basil besides pesto (and green smoothies)?


  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 5 (about 2 tbsp) fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 – 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil (more or less as needed)
  • splash of cold water
  • freshly cracked pepper

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until desired smoothness. Taste, test, and serve (over baked kabocha πŸ˜‰ ). *Paleo approved.

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If you’re not quite into Death By Thrusters, maybe Death By Kabocha suits you better. Yes?

HAPPY FRIDAY, everyone! Make it a good one!

Today is your Death By: [fill in the blank in the comment section]

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  1. i keep looking out for the kabocha…have yet to try it…and can’t wait!

    ummm yah…so did you get my last comment? i am moving in! hehe!!

    sorry for all the comments…i am just now catching up…
    .-= nelly´s last blog not a labelim nellydo you hate me now =-.

  2. You are badass! That workout looks intense yet amazing πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing…oh and I love roasted squash and root veggies..yum!
    .-= maggie @livingfoodjunkie´s last blog ..Food for Thought =-.

  3. i can only think of thrusting in the perverted way. oops. love the pesto!
    .-= christina´s last blog ..Getting Dirty on the Dance Floor and Clean in the Kitchen =-.

  4. I’ve never tried kabocha squash, but now I want to… πŸ™‚
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Yummy or Funky- Soy Nut Butter =-.

  5. on a side note, i wish i never introduced my mom to “thats what she said” .. not only should it not be over used, im trying to find a way to get her to realize that the line cant be used on EVERYTHING although she insits it can lol.

    death by kabocha suits me much better! its my crack-attack food lately. cant get enough!!


  6. omg that looks soooo freakin good!!!!
    .-= Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle´s last blog ..Taking Advantage =-.

  7. If you’re lame, probably most of the rest of us are too – isn’t it fun to share geeky interests that are also beautiful, vibrant foods? Love the pesto recipe – sage with the basil is a new twist for me, I’ll have to try that out. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get basil to grow up here in AK (lots of parsley, cilantro, dill, arugula) but it’d be worth getting some to try that.

    I am once again in awe of your workouts. Good grief! No wonder you’re tired at the weekend, not old at all, just enjoying what you enjoy and recharging.

    .-= Ela´s last blog ..Trip to Town-Vertical Hike- Blueberries and Invasive Species- Slug Harvest! =-.

  8. your not lame, my heart flutters when avocados go on sale….now thats lame, and my “Jew”ness shines though. So the fact that you get excited about finding Kabocha is not lame at all. I personally prefer death by chocolate, but anything tasty might as well kill me.
    .-= Eden´s last blog ..Avocado Cucumber Pizza and β€œA Work in Progress” =-.

  9. LOL, “that’s not what she said” classic.

    I love your Kabocha recipe!!!!! Yes!!!!! The topping looks amazing too…totally up my alley!!

    You are SO hard-core with those cross-fit workouts, and you’re a teeny tiny little thang, frigging power house in a small package!! You go!!!!

    Have a great night!! XOXO
    .-= Laury @TheFitnessDish´s last blog ..Five Things Friday =-.

  10. I LOVE squats. Hands down my favorite lift. Any kind, all kinds, I don’t care.

    I just pulled a ton of basil this morning and wrote down “make basil sage pesto” on my list of things to make tomorrow. I’m not even kidding. I use pine nuts though.

    And, I hadn’t thought about topping kabocha with it! Brilliance.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..La La Land =-.

  11. Okay those squats would kill us!!! I am not much of a squat girl.

    And this pesto…YUM! First your lemon pistachio and now basil sage, cannot wait to make this.

    Have a great weekend girl!! xoxo
    .-= Pure2raw twins´s last blog ..Meatless Inspirations =-.

  12. Today was definitely death by squats πŸ˜‰

    But, I survived!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Deadlifts- My Not-So-Secret Love Affair =-.

  13. OOO that looks delicious!! I am going to have to write down this recipe!!

    Happy happy friday! I love cooking as well!! Weekends are the best time to take a minute, plan a grocery list, and make a nice dinner!

    Just found your blog!! Love it!!

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