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Old 08-06-2007, 10:29 AM   #1
Paul Mirek
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I am considering attending a CrossFit Certification Seminar if there is ever any in my neck of the woods (Chicago). I was researching a little bit on moving to the different levels of trainer-hood. I was wondering if anyone could elaborate on what certain benchmarks individuals need to prove/complete in order to move from Level 1 to Level 2 to Level 3. I just want to begin preparing myself now in case that situation ever arises that I might become a certified trainer.

For other trainers out there: Would you recommend an individual being certified to be a coach in high school? I thought it might be nice to run a CrossFit style program at my school for individuals who are interested in CrossFit or individuals interested in conditioning during the off-seasons of their various sports. Is certification a KEY to being a good coach?

Thanks for your time! (w/f safe)
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:30 AM   #2
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Check out the FAQ page:

I highly recommend the cert. Even if your knowledge level is high, Coach really pulls a lot things together. Good luck.

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Old 08-06-2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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Ditto what John said. Great people and some great information, and of course a55-kicking workouts. Tons of fun :D

To also add some info, the thought that has been put into teaching the core lifts is worth it alone. Being able to diagnose and fix a problem in the squat makes you 10x better than most of the trainers working today, now add the front squat, overhead squat, deadlift, deadlift high-pull, clean, press, push-press, push-jerk, rowing, programming, nutrition, etc. and you have a pretty cool weekend ;)

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Old 08-07-2007, 10:01 AM   #4
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Are there ANY upcoming CF cert seminars that aren't full? Every single one on the main page is full it looks like.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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NO, suggest you email HQ to put your name on waiting list for cancellations. There is always one or two that can't make it.
Matt, you're on the boards everyday, watch the calendar. Most certs sell out 2-3 weeks. See it in the AM, suggest you send deposit ASAP.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:51 AM   #6
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Paul, I'm going to tackle your second question for you. I think certification is beyond invaluable to an athletic coach. Honestly, I wish more school districts made it a requirement. I would say that the vast majority of coaches on the high school level are totally unqualified to create conditioning programs for their athletes. The most common result of which is overtraining, which eventually leads to injury. How many times do we hear about the star high school pitcher who's constantly called on to throw two and three games a week, or sometimes even multiple games in a weekend tournament, and burns out his arm. Or what about the star running back who's asked to carry the ball 40 or 50 times a game and ends up destroying his knee. We need to wake up and realize that we cannot trust the physical developement of our youth to coaches whose sole qualification is that they played college ball.
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