We have had a few members recently attend and pass the CrossFit L1 seminar and test, making it ‘legal’ for them to coach CrossFit classes, and even open their own affiliate. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I feel it is a wonderful stepping stone for any athlete that wants to continue his/her education.
The L1 gets you certified as a Trainer, and officially you do not become a Certified CrossFit Coach until you get your L4.
At CFOx, we are lucky to have more CF-L2s than any other box in VC. Additionally, our coaches all have at least one additionally certification, including Olympic Lifting (both CF and USAW), Endurance, Kettlebells (both CF and RKC), and more. I for one am damn proud of the time, resources, and dedication that the Coaches have put in on their own. I truly believe it makes CFOx the best gym in the area, and I feel the various ratings and local press we have received show it as well.
So although the certificates say ‘Trainer’, what gives us the right to call ourselves a ‘Coach’? True, their are simple semantics involved, but it goes far beyond synonyms.
A Coach is a real life mentor. Involved in the title are not just written tests, weekend seminars, and pieces of paper on the wall, but hours of experience, a sense of dedication to other individual athletes, and the willingness to always better ourselves, only so that we can hopefully impart that knowledge onto the athletes.
We know how that set of 15 thrusters should look in the terms of biomechanics, but also how it should FEEL in the pit of your soul when that thought of dropping the bar sets in.
We establish relationships with athletes and truly get to know them. We know that set of 15 thrusters at 95# will feel much different to Kyle than to Edgar. We can also tell you that Nathan has a hard time keeping his feet in on the downward portion due to restricted ankle mobility, and that Patty really has to fight to lock out that bar at the top, because she had some shoulder issues a few years ago, and is working hard to maximize her mobility.
A coaching cue is a relationship with an athlete. Bodies are shaped different, neurological processes are developed different, and motivations vary greatly. Some people want to come in, train and analyze, and spend weeks for a PR or a specific ability. Some simply want to sweat for an hour and know they got a good workout. Both are fine. We can help you. Thats what we’re here for. YOU.
We will be opening up our CFOx Instructor Training Program to any member that wants to do further their skills. Many hours of shadowing, written homework, graded coaching sessions, and interning are involved. It’s actually easier to open your own affiliate than it is to Coach at CrossFit Oxnard. If you are willing to put in the work, we are willing to set you up for success.
Finally, take a moment to say thank you to our current Coaches. They are the heart of the entire gym.
3-5 C2B Pull Ups
10 Hang Power Clean (75/115)
5 Wall Walks
May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round