Friday, July 1, 2016

Studying for CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course

A few months ago the boy told me that he wanted to go for the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course {CF-L1}. He's been doing CrossFit {read this for a quick intro on CrossFit} regularly for at least a year and is pretty passionate about it. In the future, he'd like to teach CrossFit to kids {partly because of Lil Pumpkin} part-time as a hobby but in doing so, you have to pass CrossFit Level 1 first, then take the CrossFit Kids course to be qualified to teach CrossFit to kids aged 3 to 18.

On hearing his idea, I thought that being a CrossFit Kids coach seemed very enticing too. I'm not that big on CrossFit and only do it once a week or so as strength-training is still my focus but I mean, I'm pretty into fitness now and I like working with kids... so it's not a bad idea if I can somehow make coaching kids fitness a part of my life, if not career?

I don't know. It's a big career change but in any case, I decided to join him in taking the CF-L1 Trainer Certificate Course first. No harm in learning more about fitness! #活到老学到老

The Level 1 course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements. You can take it in Singapore {& many other countries} and it includes classroom instruction on these topics, as well as hands-on small-group training for the exercise movements.

It is structured to meet two goals: 1) provide attendees with the knowledge to better use CrossFit methods for themselves; and 2) provide attendees with an initial and foundational education to begin training others using CrossFit.

We also have to study the Level 1 Training Guide and goodness, there's a lot of things to cover!!  At the end of the course, we should be able to:
  1. Define the core concepts of the CrossFit program.
  2. Identify the primary points of performance of the foundational movements.
  3. Perform the foundational movements safely and identify when someone has committed a form error.
  4. Identify correct movement when training others.
  5. Identify unsound movement and apply appropriate correction toward improved movement.
  6. Apply the CrossFit program safely and effectively while gaining the experience necessary to develop competency in training others using CrossFit methods.
Some of the stuff  e.g. zone-meal planning, foundations of CrossFit etc. & especially the biomechanical articles, are pretty technical and I'm finding it really hard to understand and remember the details in my mushy mummy brain, especially since the last time I studied for anything was eons ago!!

Some of the other stuff like exercise movements are easier to comprehend as I try to relate them to my what my trainers have been telling me, and the gym workouts & CrossFit WODS I've done.

I met up with one of my old swimming pals who recently took his CF-L1 trainer course for some tips on how it went on Tuesday night. Goodness! After hearing what he went through, I'm even more freaked out that I wouldn't be able to pass the course exam.. it seems pretty tricky and tough *groan*

I don't think the boy will have any trouble with the course or exam since he has a medical background and has been reading up and learning about fitness for so many years already. I'm more worried about myself haha

Our 2-day CFL1 course is next weekend and from now to then, I really have to buck up and try to understand / memorise the whole training guide, or at least the important points that my friend highlighted.. which was like 90% of the guide!!

The course itself is pretty expensive and to retake the course or exam is not cheap either so I'm hoping I can pass this time round.

Wish us luck!! xox

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course
Cost: US​$1,​000 ​​if registered 14 ​days ​or more​ prior to the course date or ​US$1,​200 ​if register​ed​ within 14 ​days of the course ​start date​.



♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

I'd like to do that. Well done.

Shub said...

Fitness and related training can be a great career. Great to know that there are certifications available for the same and even kids can be trained.

Stacy said...

You go girl!

Unknown said...

Ai, You are way too solid! Thumbs up! With your determination, nothing can't be accomplished. All the best to you n friend. Fighting -Ling Ling

Anonymous said...

Good luck!! You really are inspiring! I need to get my butt off the chair to do more!

Pooja Kawatra said...

I love the way you have been following your routine and it is indeed a good practice. Health is the most important thing we need to take care.

Young Smarties said...

Wow! really not cheap... Good luck and jia you!

Winnie @ Toddly Mummy said...

You know, you are quite inspirational, the way you've successfully led a fit and healthy life the past year. Now I just need to get off my bump, and get brisk walking first. Good luck in your course! You can do it!

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

omg i am sweating as I read through what you need to learn! JIAYOU ok!!

Masshole Mommy said...

I have a friend who does crossfit and she loves it. She's always posting pictures of her flipping tires and stuff LOL.

An Apel a Day said...

Good luck! It sounds really fun, and you'll certainly learn more. Have fun with it.

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's really cool that you both are training for your certification! Best of luck to you both!

Grace said...

I reckon you'll ace it! You're smarter than you give yourself credit for. Especially now that you're into health and fitness, it'll all fall in place. Ganbare!!!

oomph. said...

good luck! i don't know the crossfit principles, but i think it would be amazing to teach fitness to kids.

Stacy said...

Good luck and have fun!