Over the last decade, Crossfit has transformed from a tiny niche for diehard athletes, soldiers and martial artists into a mainstream phenomenon. Although cross-training itself is not new, Crossfit has made a name for itself through savvy marketing, brutal workouts and a no pain, no gain ideology. Crossfit gyms are popping up all over the globe, but how does one become a certified trainer? More importantly, how do you become a good Crossfit trainer?
Purchase a membership at a Crossfit gym but choose wisely. It should have an on-ramp program. This is a program to acclimate beginners to high-intensity training and the nine basic movements, which are divided into the deadlift series, the press series and the squat series. These are important for passing the certification, which has a short written exam of fifty-five multiple choice questions. In addition, the gym needs protocols to develop mobility, meaning a proper warm up, cool down and flexibility work. A few months spent training under knowledgeable coaches can go a long way in preparing you mentally and physically for the certification.
Read Greg Glassman's essay, "What is Fitness?" It covers Crossfit's three standards of fitness, the general physical skills and the sickness, wellness, fitness spectrum. These topics figure heavily into the certification curriculum. After a couple of months of acclimation, sign up for a level-one certification through the Crossfit website. This is a two-day affair that costs about $1,000.00. You can break your payment up if needed.
Familiarize yourself with paleolithic nutrition and The Zone diet. The former focuses on quality through a whole food diet, while the latter is preoccupied with quantity and the ratio of fat to carbohydrate to protein. Although information on both diets is easily found on the internet, bookworms can satiate their curiosity by picking up copies of Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" and Dr. Barry Sears' "The Zone Diet."
Attend the certification with a pen, snacks and weightlifting gloves or chalk. The seminars usually last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. You'll be in lectures most of the day. If you prepared ahead, the classes may feel like a review. When you aren't in lectures, you'll be completing a high-intensity workout. Two on Saturday and one on Sunday. If you have physical limitations, accommodations will be made. Upon completing the certification test, talk to your local affiliate owner about teaching a few classes. It's time to start practicing those coaching skills!
Make studying different training disciplines a habit. Even after you get your level-one certification, never stop learning. For example, kettlebells figure heavily into Crossfit. By taking the time to read training texts or attend kettlebell lectures hosted by specialists such as Pavel Tsatsouline or Jeff Martone, you can increase both your breadth and depth of knowledge of a versatile training tool. Then you can use your newfound skills to diversify and improve the quality of your workout programming. Always prize technique and skill development, and you should become a great Crossfit coach.