Jacob catching a barbell clean.
A CrossFit Level 2 Experience
by Jacob Levin
The CrossFit Level 2 Certification is tagged as “an intermediate-level seminar, building on the concepts and movements introduced in the Level 1 Certificate Course” (https://training.crossfit.com/). It’s also highly-recommended that everyone in attendance has at least six months of active CrossFit coaching. When I arrived in New Orleans, I had exactly six months of coaching under my belt. And honestly, I didn’t expect to be the only one. I was wrong. Within the first hour of the Seminar, I realized that I was the most junior instructor in the room by almost a year.
The Seminar was broken up into hands-on instruction and lectures, with far more weight resting on the small-group time. Like teaching a movement, the small-group work was layered, a series of progressions. Our first exercise was to simply watch people move, and identify weaknesses; it felt weird not to try to fix everything I saw. Later in the day, we moved to actually coaching – a single person at a time.
At the end of each student’s turn, we got feedback – first from the instructor, and then the rest of the group. I wonder if everyone else felt as intimidated as I did the first time. The feedback was quick, energetic, cheerful, and absolutely brutal; we weren’t there to be coddled, we were there to learn. Sometimes we repeated a coaching session, to see if we’d learned our lessons.
If Day One was about learning the progressions toward a movement, Day Two was practicing the movement itself; the first thing that the instructors did was separate us into new groups. It was time to coach again – this time, to the entire small-group. Though there were some lectures, most of the day was taken up with this – five solid hours of coaching experience, surrounded by affiliate owners and under the critical eyes of the best coaches CrossFit HQ can find.
I’m still processing a lot of what I learned in those two days, but I’ve picked out a few of the highlights. Never stop refining your technique – in movement, or in coaching. Always be humble. Spend less time explaining and more time coaching. Keep your training simple, elegant, and brutal. I came back feeling renewed, invigorated, and convinced that CrossFit’s Trainer Courses are some of the best-taught classes I’ve ever attended.
WOD 11 Feb 2015
30 power cleans, 60 kg
30 push presses, 60 kg