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Old 01-06-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
Heath Babb
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Would like to become a trainer.

I am headed to a level 1 cert soon, I have been doing CF for under a year now and it will continue to be part of my life. I have no past experience in fitness training only in beginner wakeboard and waterski lessons. My background does come from training people just not in fitness. My question to you experienced trainers out there is; Do the level 1, endurance, kettlebell certs and so on.... give enough training and info where them and my time with CF will give me enough training to train properly? I know that my energy level and my desire to help myself and others become better people and athletes is there but is that enough??
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Would like to become a trainer.

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I am headed to a level 1 cert soon, I have been doing CF for under a year now and it will continue to be part of my life. I have no past experience in fitness training only in beginner wakeboard and waterski lessons. My background does come from training people just not in fitness. My question to you experienced trainers out there is; Do the level 1, endurance, kettlebell certs and so on.... give enough training and info where them and my time with CF will give me enough training to train properly? I know that my energy level and my desire to help myself and others become better people and athletes is there but is that enough??
No. Some will say disagree. But ask yourself, if you were to invest your hard earned money into someone to teach you things.....do you want them to have little experience, or experience? Bad news is that even with all the letters you can put behind your name, you only will get experience from training others. I know from your other posts that you are looking to open a box, what about your partner? Are they in the same boat as you with regards to experience? If so, I would recommend you find some that has been doing CF, and some training background and hire them to train, and you learn from them. It will cost in the short term, but I think would pay off long term in your skill level as a trainer.
I would recommend getting some other recognized personal training certification. It can be after you start your place, but it will teach you some anatomy and physiology that you will not get at the level 1 cert through CF. IMO, a good trainer should know much more anatomy and physiology of the body than just the 3 energy pathways, and some muscles. Let alone the knowledge base needed to be a great trainer. This will give you better knowledge in prevention of injuries and scaling too. Also, learning some psychology of people, and motives, would be a helpful addition to any trainers skill set. Find some books on psychology, influence and motivation.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:02 PM   #3
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Re: Would like to become a trainer.

Yes. The most important part of training is being able to effectively communicate the most important information. If you have other teaching skills they will go a long way. Of course you should expand your knowledge as you go along, but there's no time like the present to start in a safe effective manner. I've seen many skilled people in their chosen sport who were horrible teachers, and many less skilled people who were excellent teachers. Bring your passion, your ability to communicate, a thirst for more knowledge and you'll be a success.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:11 PM   #4
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Yes. The most important part of training is being able to effectively communicate the most important information. If you have other teaching skills they will go a long way. Of course you should expand your knowledge as you go along, but there's no time like the present to start in a safe effective manner. I've seen many skilled people in their chosen sport who were horrible teachers, and many less skilled people who were excellent teachers. Bring your passion, your ability to communicate, a thirst for more knowledge and you'll be a success.
Yeah agree here, you'll pick up the nuances as you learn and everyone starts somewhere...just help people move better...if you know what a bad/immature squat looks like and can communicate to help that person improve their squat, you are a trainer.

The experience, passion, knowledge of anatomy, etc...all serve to increase your VALUE as a trainer, which is what you need to strive for (if you want to be full-time with long term clients), but you aren't going to start out with all the value you are capable of.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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Re: Would like to become a trainer.

I thank all of you for your answers and Brian for your honesty. There is much to learn. I can not say that I am even where I want to be physically but I do want to learn and I do want to help. I have not made a decision yet, but Brian I will take your advice and see if there is a box and a trainer out there that would let me shadow them for a while. I've got the time!!
Thanks again I hope to hear more.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:11 AM   #6
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I would recommend getting some other recognized personal training certification. It can be after you start your place, but it will teach you some anatomy and physiology that you will not get at the level 1 cert through CF. IMO, a good trainer should know much more anatomy and physiology of the body than just the 3 energy pathways, and some muscles. Let alone the knowledge base needed to be a great trainer. This will give you better knowledge in prevention of injuries and scaling too.
Good advice Brian! Anyone have any specific suggestions for the education/certification Brian recommends? There are lots of online cert courses unrelated to Crossfit, but I'm really not sure if they're scams or worthwhile (and they ain't cheap!). I certainly don't want to learn a bunch of crap that the fitness trainers at the globo gyms teach.

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:47 PM   #7
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Good advice Brian! Anyone have any specific suggestions for the education/certification Brian recommends? There are lots of online cert courses unrelated to Crossfit, but I'm really not sure if they're scams or worthwhile (and they ain't cheap!). I certainly don't want to learn a bunch of crap that the fitness trainers at the globo gyms teach.

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The NSCA Personal Trainer Cert looks good to me. I've had several recommendations for that program and their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist cert seems worthwhile if you want to use CF for team training. Although, you do need a college degree for the second cert.

I plan to pick both of these up before my CF level one.

Also, I know that the ACE cert is a fitness industry standard.
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