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Old 09-13-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
Paul Sparke
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Gyms that say they are Crossfit

I am not exactly new to CF, but it has been more than two years since my last full-time CF membership. I live in a location that is more than 1 hour away from an affiliated gym. I have recently found a gym that advertises CF, but it is appears, to my novice eye, the instructor did not know what she was talking about. My question is two fold: 1) how can I tell if an instructor has completed a CF certification course and 2) if someone advertises as a CF workout facility is there some sort of requirement that the gym/instructor should have completed a cert course?

My experience was so bad I will not be going back to the gym. I ask not because I will be going back there, but because I am worried about the people working out there.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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Re: Gyms that say they are Crossfit

I don't think there is a level 1 cert directory, but there is s a level 2 one on the main page. Also you could ask the instructor to see a copy of their level 1 cert certificate. If they can't provide, then I wouldn't head out there.

My understanding is in order for a facility to advertise CrossFit--using that word to some extent they need to be an affiliate. Based on your experience it doesn't sound like they are an affiliate. A trainer can list his CrossFit certs but can't directly advertise CrossFit without being an affiliate. So if I opened a gym but didn't affiliate, I can't call it CrossFit Kildeer, I could call it Kildeer Strength and under my bio list that I am CrossFit trained. But then I couldn't list a class as a "CrossFit Training" but could call a class "Metcon Madness" and use CrossFit principles.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:06 AM   #3
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Re: Gyms that say they are Crossfit

Robert is right on the use of Crossfit. You have to be an affiliate, and one of the requirments of affiliation is to have a website that is regularly updated. So you could just do a search and see if they have a site.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Re: Gyms that say they are Crossfit

Completing the Level 1 course in no way equals "knowing what you're talking about".

Just sayin'.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:52 PM   #5
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Re: Gyms that say they are Crossfit

you can always ask to see their certificate.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:11 AM   #6
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Re: Gyms that say they are Crossfit

A lot of CF affiliates aren't real CF gyms either. Just saying.

Find a gym you are comfortable in, you like the style of training, the instructors, and is genuinely interested in your health, safety, and goals. Go that gym.
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