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Old 10-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

Hello everyone!

I hope I am posting this in the right section.

My names Blake, been doing Crossfit for a few months now and I enjoy it a lot. For over a year I had been paying an athletic trainer a ton of money in order for me to get in shape to play football. Getting in shape helped me figure out what I wanted to do as far as my major in college goes and what I want to do with my life, and that's be a trainer/coach.

I have been planning on getting a Personal Trainers Certification as well as doing the Level-1 Seminar. The coach at my box suggests to me all the time that I take the seminar, not only for the Certificate but to learn everything I can about Crossfit.

Now after that wall of text here's my question. Should I spend the thousand dollars and do the seminar after having only done Crossfit for a couple months? I really want to do it eventually and I'm not expecting to start coaching right away, I want to get as many certifications as I can and intern around where I live and go to school.

Thanks for all the info/advice!
It's all appreciated!

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Old 10-30-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

If you do plan on coaching and the $1000 wont break the bank go for it.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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Re: New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

Should you take the class? Only you can answer it. If you are not sure about it wait on it. Look up the level one and see if it interest you. It isn't like you have to do it now. Take you time on it.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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Re: New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

If you want to be a personal trainer in a globo gym, then a CF L1 cert is probably not going to help, but a Personal Trainer certification would help. If you want to be the strength & conditioning coach at a high school or college, a CF L1 Cert or personal trainer certification won't help, but a BS in Exercise Science, or Physiology or related field would help. If you want to be a CF coach or open up your own affiliate, then a CF L1 cert is absolutely necessary.

If you can get a BS from college, a personal trainer certification, and a CF L1 cert, then that greatly expands your career options.

However, if you've only been doing CF for a few months, and are not planning on applying for a coaching job or opening an affiliate any time soon, then I think you can wait on taking the L1 certification.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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Re: New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

All great points and I appreciate the responses. I guess I just felt worried that being a beginner in Crossfit would be bad for me to jump into a CF L1 seminar.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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Re: New to Crossfit Question about Seminars

There are plenty of ways to learn about CF that are more cost-effective than paying $1000 for the L1 cert.

Get the cert if you need it to coach at a CF gym...otherwise, you'd be better off putting your money towards the CF Journal and some individual or small group coaching on the Olympic lifts.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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The Journal is free now.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:16 AM   #8
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All great points and I appreciate the responses. I guess I just felt worried that being a beginner in Crossfit would be bad for me to jump into a CF L1 seminar.
It would not be bad at all. Just an investment of $1000. I think the info will really help anyone intrested in crossfit and good form.
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The Journal is free now.
Where is the Journal?
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:34 AM   #10
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It would not be bad at all. Just an investment of $1000. I think the info will really help anyone intrested in crossfit and good form.
I am hoping one day to open my own box, and of course I'll need the cert. for that. I love Crossfit and I'm planning on pursuing fitness in general as my career.

Thanks again for all the responses =D

EDIT: I'm also not to concerned about the money. Anything going towards learning more about this is just a small investment in hopefully a long and awesome career =D

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