Becoming an official CrossFit coach… Courses, Materials to study, level 1, certificates, pricing… and other specialties available!
Crossfit has become the most trendy, successful, admired, fitness methodology and sport. The innovative fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman (that has been founder and CEO) combines all the best of functional movements in gymnastics, weightlifting and many techniques into high intensity workouts.
Many people interested in Crossfit ask these questions:
- Why is Crossfit so expensive?
- Is it really worth it?
- How can I become a Crossfit coach?
In this post, we will answer mostly the 3rd question above, but the information compiled below will help you understand and have some sense into both the first ones.
So let’s start with the basics, what is really necessary in order to become a Crossfit coach and what are the prices involved?
Well, CrossFit is a patented brand, and fully regulated and controlled by CrossFit.com.
In this pathway, they strictly control everyone using the Crossfit brand name (in both correct, or sort of “illegally”).
Crossfit Coach Training – 4 levels available.
Crossfit.com offers 4 level training, that can be seen in this LINK, and if you are looking into the very first LEVEL 1, click HERE! Each level increases in depth, knowledge, difficulties and capabilities.
It is necessary to be over 17 years old in order to complete level 1 and 2 courses.
In a summary:
Level 1 – Introductory education on Crossfit basics in order to improve themselves and help beginner gym attendees. In this course the principles and foundational movements of Crossfit are studied through. After level 1 course, it is expected that the “student” will be able to conduct a Crossfit class, understand proper mechanics at high intensity workouts, and scale up and down the exercises in order to adapt workouts individually (to athletes fitness level). Materials to be studied =http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_English_Level1_TrainingGuide.pdf. Cost =$1,000 (USD).
Level 2 – “Intermediate level – ideally suited for any CrossFit trainer serious about delivering quality coaching. Students enhance their understanding of the CrossFit methodology, program design and implementation, and they advance their skills while coaching others in movements and workouts.”. Suggested requirements: 6+ months experience and 50+ hours training others using CrossFit methods, complete CrossFit’s Online Scaling Course, Online Spot the Flaw Course, and Online Lesson Planning Course. Materials to be studied = http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_English_L2_TrainingGuide.pdf. Cost = $ 1,000 (USD) + $ 180 (USD, for the 3 suggested online courses, $ 60 USD each).
Level 3 – Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT). In level 3, Crossfit really diversify and let the professional follow and choose his own pathway – the minimum requirement is 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Materials to be studied: https://certifications.crossfit.com/ccft/study-materials, https://assets.crossfit.com/pdfs/certifications/CCFT_StudyMaterial.pdf and https://certifications.crossfit.com/ccft/continuing-education. Most courses are worth 6-8 credits, in order to complete 50 (having in mind level 1 and 2 are worth 28 CEUs), you will probably need to complete 3-4 extra courses. Cost = approximately $ 250 – 700 per course.
Level 4 – Certified CrossFit Coach (CCFC), in this level, there is actually no material to study or course, but simply an evaluation. Candidates will coach two workouts and be evaluated across six domains and 14 sub domains. It is the highest credential CrossFit offers to trainers. Full requirements are shown here: https://certifications.crossfit.com/ccfc/ . There is no price information available at the moment.
Other Crossfit Specialties:
Crossfit for Kids – specific methods for teaching CrossFit to children and adolescents. It will help attendees to pair fitness and fun and overcome the unique challenges involved by a younger and much younger crowd in the gym. Between other topics, how neurological development relates to exercise, weightlifting, health and safety, programming, teaching styles, class structure, and kids games. Study Materials: https://www.crossfit.com/cf-seminars/SMERefs/Kids/CFK_TrainerCourse.pdf. Cost = $ 1,000 (USD)
Crossfit for Masters (40++) – specific methods for teaching CrossFit to adults 40 years of age and beyond. Study materials: https://assets.crossfit.com/pdfs/seminars/sme_masters_trainingguide.pdf. Cost = $ 595 (USD)
List of other specialties (cost = approximately $ 250 – 700 per course):
- Adaptive Training
- Advanced Gymnastics Skills
- Aerobic Capacity
- Conjugate Methods
- Jump Rope
- Law Enforcement Application
- Rowing (Erg)
- Rowing (Water and Erg)
- Weightlifting – Level 2
The details for these other specialties and workshops can be seen here = https://training.crossfit.com/specialty
We hope you enjoyed the information of the post and it helps you understand the complexity and variety made available in the Crossfit sport in order to become an instructor.
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