A few friends over the years have told me, “Hey you should be a coach! You would be good at it!” At first I kind of laughed it off but the seed was planted and it sat on the back burner on my bucket list. The rumor about obtaining a crossfit level 1 certificate was to pay your $1,000.00, show up, take the test and you too could begin coaching others. If you pay $3,000.00 after obtaining your level 1 you can become an affiliate and open a box of your own. Is it really that simple? Part of me thought this was exaggerated.
A new box opened close to my house and my oldest son has begun work in the weight room at school. The way he is being taught to lift scares me. My solution was to begin bringing him with me to the gym to work on technique. Our new box is really big on learning, educating and working on form. CrossFit has been a big part of my life for the last 3 years.
Why not take a chance?
Everything seemed to fall into place for me to register for the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar at EADO in Houston over Mother’s Day weekend and I was able to go with one of my new friends.
The seminar was fast and furious and it was a lot of information. We went over a great deal of material and spent time going over the movements in groups. We covered the good, bad and tips on improving faults. We had a group of about 60 people wanting to become coaches and ready to open new boxes. In fact, there was one lady who had never done a CrossFit workout and this seminar would be where she would experience her first.
Everyone attending the seminar has access to a training manual in pdf format that you can print and put in a handy notebook. We were all armed with these but were told “If you didn’t read this, don’t worry about it! You should do well anyway.” Those were words that would come back to haunt quite a few people, myself included.
Day 2 was pretty much the same but it’s not only test day it’s Mother’s Day! It was weighing heavily on my mind because of all the stuff that I needed to do after the test was over. There were four different tests passed out randomly. We started to notice people coming in the room who hadn’t been at the seminar all weekend, they were coming to retest! It was too late to review anything at this point and when it was over there was no way for me to tell how I did.
After waiting a week I would get my results via email, FAIL.
Some of the things that went through my mind after seeing the email were…
1.) Crap! The test isn’t as easy as I thought.
2.) Crap! I just spent $1,000.00 and I didn’t pass the test?
3.) Retest! Now you get to spend another $150.00.
4.) Now you get to explain to the people that you told that you failed.
5.) You didn’t crack the training manual! You know how to study, you can’t be upset because you didn’t give it your all. Okay, new plan! Retest and study.
Sadly, my friend got the same results. We looked over the percentage break down and talked about what went wrong at length. There are 55 questions, they throw out 5 and you have to answer 35 correctly. I’m sure you won’t read very many stories about failing the test, you’re welcome, it happens.
We registered again, and we actually put the time in to study the manual. We knew the manual backwards and forwards by the time it came to retest. When we arrived we saw about 20 people from our group retesting. I took a poll and began asking if they too had skipped reading the manual and the majority did.
Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? I do.
After waiting another week my friend and I got our results via email… To be continued “Learning Comes in Many Different Forms.”