Why You Need the Crossfit L1 Course, and It Needs You
Our newest coach, Dan, weighs in on getting his L1 certification:
So you’ve been Crossfitting for a couple of months and you’re really getting into it… Thinking about taking the CrossFit L1 and trying your hand at coaching and/or opening an affiliate? Yes? DO IT.
Why You Need the Course
First, because you have no choice – it’s a legal issue; and second, it’s a great way to have any questions you may have answered BEFORE you take the really expensive step of opening an affiliate or coaching on your own. Although it’s an expensive endeavor, the format, arrangement, and presentation of the materials of the course make it well worth it. The instructors are highly qualified and they must go through an extensive screening and shadowing process before they are allowed to teach these courses. The benefits far outweigh the price tag.
Just Looking for Another Notch in Your “Belt”?
Nope. Think about it first. Do you NEED another acronym to add to your already impressive (and extensive) collection of the alphabet? If you’re trying to chase down a specific job or want to make sure that you’d be qualified for anything that may come your way you’ll likely second guess your choice to take the course. None of the material presented in the course is “new”. And the ideas and concepts presented in the course can be had for free via the L1 Training Guide booklet from the CrossFit website. It’s a great course, but not one to take just to be able to say that you did.
Why the Course Needs You
In my opinion, the most surprising thing about taking the L1 is that it’s a microcosm of the CrossFit community. All inclusive – All ages, all backgrounds, all levels of experience. The one thing that all participants had in common? These people genuinely want to help people become healthy. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE OF THEM. And…There wasn’t an ego in the entire group. For me it felt just like being in your home box. It was a really comfortable environment and reinforced the sense of community in CrossFit.
To keep up the great, diverse and supportive nature of our sport (and it’s instructors), it’s crucial that many different crossfitters (including yourself) go out for the course if they have the desire to learn more, dig deeper and help other people get fit and healthy. Please be assured, you don’t have to be a Games-Level athlete to do this. Can’t do a muscle-up? No worries – you don’t have to be able to do one in order to teach one (although it may be helpful for someone to see one being done). Only about the 1/3 of the people in my course said they could do one. Don’t let your limitations deter you – you will not be the only one that can’t do some of the movements!
Once you have decided to take the course… Do yourself a favor and take the time to study the Training Guide and to watch the videos associated with it ahead of time. Although the materials (in their entirety) are covered during the course, learning some of the material beforehand will allow you to focus on the message of the course instead of having to absorb and retain everything you learn. Also, it will help you find out what you don’t know! This is particularly useful for coming up with good questions to ask during the group sessions!
Stay tuned for my next blog about the course structure and content!