Crossfit Level 1 Seminar Experience
So you want to know how to be a Crossfit Trainer? Good for you… It’s not for everyone. Not everyone that thinks they can’t teach, can actually teach. But if you’ve got a natural teaching ability and willingness to share your knowledge of Crossfit and general fitness with whomever you meet, then by all means, become a Crossfit Trainer. Here’s an account of EveryLastRep.com owner Justin’s Crossfit Level 1 Seminar experience or what some folks call “Crossfit Certification”
Obviously the hardest part is simply signing up. You do this by hitting the main Crossfit.com website and looking at the right hand side. Look quickly, chances are a few seminars sold out while you were looking. The good news is, they run seminars pretty much every weekend so you should be able to find something that fits into your schedule.
Also, be ready to drop $1,000 on the spot. Non-refundable. Non-transferable. Once you pay, you’re committed. Personally, I like this philosophy, it makes sure you’re serious and it reminds me of a workout in a way. Once the clock starts counting down..you’re committed, not turning back. Enough with the silly metaphors, let’s get back to my experience…
I recently had the privilege of attending the Crossfit Level 1 Seminar in Yorktown, VA at a really well run Crossfit box: Crossfit Hampton Roads. CF:HR just happens to be owned by Nicole Gordon, the same Nicole Gordon who in the 2009 Crossfit Games decided that should would use her thumb AND a sledgehammer to drive a stake into the ground during one of the events, determined, she kept on pushing throughout the workout. This level of determination showed in how she and her husband ran her gym. She’s intense, and focused, but she also has a softer side that’s there to coach you through the hills and valleys of your training program. It just so happens that the Crossfit Journal has done a short video on Nicole Gordon, it’s worth checking out.
Nicole is also on the Crossfit Level 1 Seminar staff, so she was one of my instructors which was a complete honor on my part. Also running the group was a guy by the name of Joe Alexander, whose name you may or may not have heard before, but if you watched the 13.1 workout with Bailey and Panchick, he was the short-haired judge for Panchick. There were a few more members on the staff and all of them were infinitely knowledgeable on all of the functional movements and foundational theories of Crossfit. Crossfit HQ has done a great job of making sure that the best of the best are promoted up as Staff Trainers.
From a curriculum standpoint, it’s intense and packed. The training lasts 2 days and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you study before hand. (Yes, there is a test at the end). Once you signup you receive an email with the latest training guide. Print that off and study it for at least a week or two before you head into the class. Don’t worry if stuff in the manual is a little unclear, the Level 1 Seminar Staff does a great job of clearing that up and answering questions
Crossfit Level 1 Seminar Format
As mentioned, it’s a 2 day course. Both days consist of lectures on each of the foundational movements, nutrition lectures, programming lectures, break-out sessions for each of the individual foundational movements and 2 WoDs (one on each day). The staff does a good job of breaking up the day, right around the time you get tired of sitting and taking notes (Recommend taking notes..AND STUDYING!) they break off into a group session or a daily WoD.
I won’t spoil all the fun about the WoDs, but know that one of them rhymes with “ran”.
At the end of the second day is the written test. Did I mention you should study? Because if you didn’t, then you’re screwed at this point. I’m not allowed to blog about the test format or content (seriously, I signed a waiver when I signed up for the training. You will too.), but what I will say is that it is definitely not easy. If you’ve studied you should have a good chance of passing your first time. If you haven’t…well…EveryLastRep wishes you luck.
The next bit is the hardest, you have to wait 5-7 days to get the results of your test. It will come in an email, at some random time of the day, and it will simply say “PASS” or “FAIL”
If you don’t happen to pass on your first go-around, don’t worry. You don’t have to shell out another $1,000. You can pay $150 and just take the test again. But you better study.
If you did pass, the hardest part is what comes next. Training others. It’s a matter of confidence. Fall back on what you know. Stick to facts, and to be quite honest, get personal with your athletes. Find out what their goals are, what their weaknesses are. Learn to work with them and you’ll do nothing but succeed.