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Old 12-05-2009, 11:38 AM   #1
Scott Turner
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Crossfit Level 1 Cert

I heard that Crossfit is now giving written test at the end of the level 1 cert. I've only heard that from one person who just recently went to a cert last week. I was wondering if it was true and what should I study? I know the foundations and principals of crossfit, but was wondering if there was anything else.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

Start thumbing through the CFJ. Possibly the programming lectures by Dave Castro regarding the type of CF WOD's.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

I will give you everything you need Scott. But my guess is that it will be a reveiw of the 2 days. So just take good notes...
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:55 PM   #4
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

I hope this rumor is true. It would make me feel a lot better about the piece of paper that I get at the end of my cert. I have been certified as an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist. It took me two tries to pass that test (written portion x2, practical portion x1) a test that required at least a Bachelor's degree in a related field to sit for it. Though I hated spending the money on a second test, it really motivated me to know the material inside and out. I was truly proud to have those credentials behind my name.
I love the breakthroughs that I've had since leaving ACSM behind and going the Crossfit route, but I hate the lack of respect that a CF Level I cert gets. At least a test would let the naysayers know that you don't just pay your money and BOOM you're certified to teach Crossfit.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:44 AM   #5
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I love the breakthroughs that I've had since leaving ACSM behind and going the Crossfit route, but I hate the lack of respect that a CF Level I cert gets. At least a test would let the naysayers know that you don't just pay your money and BOOM you're certified to teach Crossfit.
My personal opinion is that a Level II cert or a Coaches Prep seminar should be the starting point to really be considered a Crossfit trainer. Knowing the concepts and the moves doesn't mean you know how to train.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:31 AM   #6
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

I would like to see the CrossFit Level 1 cert be a week long, hands on event. There should be a written and practical portion at the end of the week. I've never been to a Level 2 cert so I don't know what the standards are, but maybe have the Level 1 not be so strict. I know a week seems like a long time but you could fit so much more info and practice in that time period.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:24 AM   #7
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

A week long cert would be great for the students, but from a logistics standpoint that could be really difficult. Can an affiliate afford to have their gym closed for a whole week? Can the HQ staff take off whole weeks from their other jobs to travel to these certs? My guess is that the answer to those questions are "No." At least a test at the end of a Level I cert is a starting point to credibility with the rest of the industry. It's a good way of seeing if the info presented is really sinking in. For instance I like the way Coach Rippetoe is structuring his new Starting Strength seminar: 3 days of teaching including lecture and practice with an online test to follow a week later. That week gives you time to really process what was taught.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:36 AM   #8
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A week long cert would be great for the students, but from a logistics standpoint that could be really difficult. Can an affiliate afford to have their gym closed for a whole week?
Other industries manage with these type (week long) certifications, I'm sure those running gyms can work it out too.
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:25 PM   #9
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My guess is that the bigger problem would be finding HQ trainers that could regularly take a whole week off at a time from their other jobs. There isn't exactly a giant pool of HQ trainers to work with.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:36 AM   #10
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Re: Crossfit Level 1 Cert

It's good to hear that they are requiring a test.

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but maybe have the Level 1 not be so strict.
It's not strict now. It will be more so with a test and more so with a practical test (which is more in the L2).

The only PT certs that are a week long are the more expensive ones like Pavel, Poliquin, etc AFAIK. Most of the rest you show up and take a test unless there is a practical portion ( I know ISSA can be done either at a clinic or online but I don't remember if there is a practical-maybe it depends on what kind of cert it is[specialty]).

Can you imagine how expensive it would be for 5 days? Think also on the expenses of lodging besides getting time off ( 2d on a weekend is a lot simpler than 5d during the week especially if you are PTO systems-40 hrs of PTO!).
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