Insider Look: Crossfit L1 Course Structure & Content
Part 2 of Dan's experience at the L1 certification course. See the first part here.
So you have made the decision to move forward in taking the Cross L1 Course—congratulations! It takes a lot of guts to make the choice to seek more knowledge and better form in crossfit and a great person to have the desire to help others grow in their health and fitness safely.
The course is 2 days (9am - 5pm) alternating between classroom-style lectures and hands-on group learning. Each of the sections in the Training Guide are presented and covered as written. Somewhere in between all of this are a couple of workouts. These are meant to give you a mental break and relieve some stiffness from sitting.
ALL of the materials in the L1 Training Guide are covered in the seminar (although some are covered more extensively than others). One thing that you won’t get free (and the worth of the course) however, lies within the hands-on group sessions where you get to watch, evaluate, critique, and correct the foundational movements of CrossFit.
THIS IS THE MOST HELPFUL THING YOU WILL GET FROM THIS COURSE.
It won’t make you an expert…. But, having someone with decades of knowledge narrate what you see going on explain the movements and their common faults and describe “why” this is happening is so much more helpful than watching a YouTube video of the movement. The group sessions are a wonderful platform for getting to see a range of movement faults and learning how to spot and correct the underlying issues. Also, learning some helpful cues, phrases, and techniques for getting your athlete to move the way you want them to gives you a leg up before you even step foot into your first class.
The key of this seminar lies in its ability to demonstrate the need for you as a L1 Trainer to help identify correct and incorrect movement (according to the standards) and knowing when and how to make changes in intensity in order to promote positive metabolic change while keeping your athletes safe.
Extra Benefits of the Course
The course also taught me a lot about the way that I move and the faults in my movement patterns too. This was what got me excited about the class. The instructors actually gave invaluable information about “why” those incorrect movements come about. Which is (in some respects) more important than being able to just see that the movement is incorrect. As a trainer, the more knowledge you have the more you can pass on to students—improving form and preventing injury.
Additionally, you got cues from all of the people in your group on how to correct movements. Some of them worked and some of them didn’t—but you got a better feeling for how people might respond to those cues; and also it will help you identify how to change those cues “on the fly” in order to elicit the response you are looking for.
If you’re an experienced athlete/non-C.F. trainer you may think that you can do this without the aid of the course. And you might be right. But, I assure you that you will learn enough things through this course that you won’t regret spending the time or money to complete it.
Congratulations again on your decision to take the course - it is truly a great and worthy experience.