Published on September 18th, 2019
It’s everyone’s dream to make a living out of what you love doing.
If you have been into cross-fit for some time, you will know it to be a rewarding activity that keeps you coming back for more.
Being a coach, you can keep doing what you love, encourage others to try what you love and generally help guide people to better health.
Knowing The Highs And Lows
First, it is important to recognise the highs and lows of becoming a cross-fit coach.
Aside from knowing it’s something you like doing, this will help you see if you actually want a career in the field.
- The annual salary is about 46 grand, which is better than the national average
- There is an increasing demand for athletic trainers, giving you great job security
- You will receive a free gym membership, allowing you to practise your favourite hobby where you work
- You will have the rewarding role of helping others achieve better health
- You will meet so many new people
- The option of working part-time with flexible working hours
- Gathering the essential experience for if you ever want to open your own cross-fit gym
Challenges You Will Face
- Clients are not always nice – you will face a level of difficulty in working with more moody or stubborn clients and they will see it as your responsibility to get them to find the motivation to continue
- Achieving an L3 qualification
It isn’t just the certification you need, either. You will need to be at least 18, a way to show you have had emergency medical training and to agree to the cross-fit standard of professional practice.
Additionally, you will begin to see cross-fit as an extended education as you will always be required to keep going to workshops and so on to increase how well you coach.
However, the certification is highly important. Cross-fit certification at levels one and two encompass two-days each. Each course also costs $1000, though many gyms will pay for over 17 training assistants to complete the courses.
Becoming an assistant to an independent trainer is also a great way to increase your coaching experience before you jump into the job yourself.
Level three cross-fit certification is harder. To gain this, there are two routes you can follow.
Either complete both the two lower levels and then the level three exam and have at least 750 hours of cross-fit coaching experience, or skip level one and two.
With the second option you must pass the level three exam and have at least 1500 hours of professional coaching with strength and conditioning.
A Run Through Of The Certification Content
Level one will introduce an aspiring coach to teaching methods, essential movements and mechanics. You will gain the knowledge to teach a class, adapt exercises to different ability levels and help people to reach higher intensities.
Level two will reinforce things learned in level one, giving more focus to accuracy of movements and workouts.
Level three has a 160 question multiple-choice examination that will train you in more aspects of coaching including nutrition, programming and class management.
Level four furthers level three – essentially making you one of the most qualified cross-fit coaches available. Every three years, it is essential to show 300 more coaching hours and update your education.
Why Insurance Is So Important
Cross-fit instructor insurance includes general liability and a level of professional liability.
This protects you financially against possible accidents in the future such as injuries and property damage to a yourself, a client or the place you work at.
Your gym provider and clients will see you with more credibility and will gain you more of their trust.
There are three types of cross-fit trainer: full-time, part-time and temporary (paid per hour).
All require a very high level of physical and mental commitment. Good luck!
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