A few weeks ago I took a little trip to Denver. I attended my first Crossfit Level 1 training course.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Pinterest (or know me personanally) , you may not know that I have been going to Crossfit since September of last year. I truly love it and it has been a bit life changing, but that is another post. I suppose I will get to that soon.
I decided I wanted to go through the Level 1 trainer course, which you have to sign up for and travel to a location where Crossfit HQ is holding the course. I was so excited that the course was in Denver so I could stay in state and visit friends while there.
I have to admit I was a bit intimidated by the prospect of getting my Level 1 certification. I mean the reasons are good ones.
I have only been doing Crossfit for about 7 months.
I am still not good at a lot of things.
I am still a bit “fluffy” so to speak. I don’t mean that in a self deprecating way, just that compared to many people who are taking Crossfit classes, I still have a little bit of “extra weight” LOL.
I had a really good reason to take the class (I will get into that in another post) so I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and signed up.
Here are a few tips for anyone considering taking the test:
Study. I signed up three weeks prior to the course. On the day I signed up I printed out the Participant Handbook, which just outlined what is expected of you in class, and also the literature for the class.
First, I read through it once, front to back.
Then, section by section I went through and made flashcards. You can find printable flashcards online but I went the old fashioned route with the logic that writing them out might help commit some of it to memory.
Then I reread the book. Then with the help of my son and my husband I studied my cards.
When the day came I walked nervously into Crossfit Verve in downtown Denver. Man, that was an intimidating experience. I met some great people though and had a great weekend.
I felt fairly confident with the material on the cards but that was not all I needed to know. during the class I paid attention and took notes. I made sure I understood what they were saying and asked questions when I didn’t.
Honestly, most of the questions on the test were not from my flashcards. 90% of the questions were from the lectures. However, I think having the knowledge in my head from the literature made it much easier to absorb the material from the lecture. There were a ton of pictures with questions asking what was wrong with the movement of the person in the picture or how to correct it and those were things that were completely learned during the in class lecture. It also helps to have Crossfit history. I could imagine if you have never been in a Crossfit class before that it would be hard to understand the terminology and what they are explaining. We are bombarded with proper movement every time we go to a Crossfit class. They give you an hour to take the test and honestly I was surprised that I finished in under 20 min. I spent a few more minutes going back through the questions just to make sure I didn’t miss anything obvious. There didn’t feel like there were any trick questions (something I had read in level 1 forums), so that was a comfort.
I met some fun people in the class and the instructors were very very inspiring.
The workout was pretty straightforward as far as Crossfit goes, it wasn’t anything crazy. Thrusters and Burpees happen to be in my wheelhouse. (I think those are things most people can do relatively well)
I was very excited to meet Camille Leblanc Bazinet, the fittest woman on the planet. (don’t judge this picture, it was right after a horrible workout when she walked in). I have enjoyed watching her during the Crossfit Regionals over the last few weeks. She is truly an inspiring athlete!
So here it is! This came in the mail a few days ago and I am so excited to get started on my next adventure!
More to come!