Aug 5 2014
Swim WOD This Sunday at 9AM – Dogwood, be there!
The Value of the CrossFit Level 1 Cert (CF-L1)
Recently there’s been a lot of press about how dangerous and “bad” CrossFit is. While it is my opinion that CrossFit HQ could be doing several things better: slowing affiliate growth, dealing with the media, creating basic affiliate standards and guidelines – the CrossFit Level 1 is one of the BEST certifications available to any fitness professional.
Over the weekend I saw something that terrified me: an $89 Personal Trainer Certification on GroupOn. I’m not arguing that a certification has to be expensive to be good but generally the cheaper something is the less hands-on training you get. There is a whole group of certifications, particularly for Personal and Group Training, that fall into the original price range of the GroupOn Cert. I’ve read through a couple of these courses supporting materials and even passed their practice tests. While lots of it is valuable information would it surprise you to find out that only about 25% of the course actually deals with what you do with clients on a day-to-day basis?
The CF-L1 is one of the only certifications available that places an emphasis on Movements, Scaling, and Programming. And it’s really more than an emphasis – it’s the foundation of the Cert. You learn to squat, to press, to deadlift, to do Pull Ups, to do Oly Lifting. The course covers how to bring new members up to speed, common faults with movements, and so on and so on. It teaches you how to improve people’s fitness on a day-to-day level. The simplicity of this fact has gotten lost in the shouting about CrossFit. Training people to be fit isn’t an exercise done in a lab with white coats on. It’s not about knowing all the anatomical names for muscles and bones. It’s about being able to TEACH someone to move. It’s about knowing when to use these movements and when to use those movements. It’s about bringing athletes along at the proper pace so that the program is effective and safe.
Does the CF-L1 make you instantly ready to coach a class of 20? No. That’s why MTM has a coaches apprenticeship program to bring new coaches into coaching at the proper pace. To ensure that each and every coach is ready to handle group CrossFit Classes. But the CF-L1 is a hugely valuable cert and the trainers who hold that cert will have gotten training with Functional Movements far beyond any other major cert currently available.
Single Arm KBS
400m Run (Between each round)
4x 2-P Squat Snatch (55% – Hi Hang then Hang)
4x 2-P Power Clean + 2 Push Jerks (55% – Hi Hang then Hang, Both Cleans then Both Jerks)
3×15 Back Extensions Un-Weighted
3×10 Curls (Not a joke, do some DB curls, don’t use momentum)
3×10 KB Flags (lighter than last week)