Become A Certified CrossFit Trainer

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"The CrossFit prescription is 'constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity.'"
--
Greg Glassman

Last year, J and I took the Level 1
CrossFit Trainer Course. At the time, CrossFit was in the process of getting the course and certificate accredited. Now, the course is under the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program. What that meant for us is that in order to become certified by ANSI standards, we'd need to take a written test.

The test is now administered immediately after the two-day Level 1 Trainer Course. Because a lot of people took the course before the test was given, and sometimes people decide to wait to take the test, there is an option to sign up to just show up and take it at the end of the course. The sign ups for this filled up fast, which is one of the reasons it took us so long to finally do this.

The course today was at
2008 CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa's gym, CrossFit Santa Clara. It's about an hour drive for us from San Francisco.
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When J and I got there, Jason was teaching a group the finer points of Olympic lifting. "Elbows up and out. Keep the bar close!"
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We also got to hear a great lecture on programming from
Miranda Oldroyd. It was definitely beneficial to be able to get this information over a year after our original course. We got to listen to it from a completely different perspective, which was awesome.

After a quick five minute break, we took the test. It's a 50 question, multiple choice test, and we got 45 minutes to complete it. Some of the questions had tricky answers, but I felt most of them were pretty straight forward. It took me about 25 minutes to finish, and I felt fairly confident I would pass (70% is a passing score).

Example questions:

CrossFit is:
A. A varied and inclusive fitness
B. Fran
C. A hard workout
D. None of the above

What is the most important performance point for safety for the deadlift?
A. Weight in the heels
B. Shoulders over the bar
C. Neutral spine
D. All of the above

After the test, we waited until they were scored.
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While we were waiting, we hung out around the gym. There are a lot of great things about this place. For one thing, there isn't a shortage of weights.
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When they had finished scoring the tests, we were asked to come back up. They laid out all the folders with everyone's names on a couple of tables. When you open the folder, you find out whether you passed or not. J and I were happy to discover that we had passed. It costs $150 to retake the test.

CrossFit is something that has changed my life. Not only do I not mind working out now, I actually enjoy it and look forward to it. It's opened up different opportunities for me that I wouldn't have thought about before like hiking or rock climbing or running or biking. Acquiring the tools to share this with others is something that I feel is truly special.

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