December 10, 2012


The CF Kids cert was amazing. Great job done by the staff. Truly an honor to meet them and learn from them. I think I now know what I'm going to do with my CF life. Thanks guys. Thanks also to CF Chicago as well. Great gym. The other attendees were awesome as well. I learned a lot from all of you.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Brendan Kelly at December 9, 2012 5:11 PM

Awesome course!! The trainers were sweet and it was definitely a great refresher/learning on CF knowledge. Everyone worked hard on the WODs and put a great effort. Thanks guys for a cool weekend at Rogue! #berlining

Comment #2 - Posted by: Steve Riparip at December 9, 2012 5:17 PM

L-1 cert was good fun learned a lot.. can't say enough about the training staff..Chuck, Courtney and Nicole you guys were awesome!

Comment #3 - Posted by: Trevor at December 9, 2012 5:20 PM

The CF-L1 cert in Decatur was more than I even imagined! The trainers made the words in the book come alive! They were very attentive and thorough. The trainers emphasized safety, progressions, and relative intensity, all the things people say CF doesn’t care about. Coach Mike G was entertaining, funny, and he kept us all on task. Coach Leah, Coach Jenn, Coach Bethanie, and Coach Gretchen taught me so many new ques and gave me a lot of things I can use as a trainer. I am even more proud to be a part of the CF community and I am very grateful for the genuine passion the trainers put into our course! ~Mitzi

Comment #4 - Posted by: Mitzi at December 9, 2012 5:48 PM

Great L-1 Cert course with Chuck, Courtney and Nicole who are beyond awesome! Gained a lot of useful skills and knowledge throughout the weekend. Big thanks also to Crossfit 7 Mile for hosting the seminar in beautiful Grand Cayman!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Audrey at December 9, 2012 5:49 PM

Awesome Level I class at Crossfit Decatur. Mike G, Bethanie, Coach Jenn and Gretchen you guys rock! The energy in the class was amazing and I learned a ton!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Marc at December 9, 2012 5:51 PM

Had such and awesome time at CF7M! Chuck, Nicole and Courtney were great trainers! Just want to say Thanks for everything you guys did for us this weekend. Everything was well run and efficient but best of all fun!

Comment #7 - Posted by: Kelsey at December 9, 2012 5:51 PM

Thank you australian L1 staff, I had an awesome weekend and will strive to be as professional and dynamic as you folks in the future! Nice to meet you Fran thanks for my minced hands, lead legs and leaving me violated laying on the floor : ) next time I'm going to have a game plan Fran, so watch your back.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Raa at December 9, 2012 6:03 PM

Chuck, Courtney and Flash you guys ROCK!! I had a fantastic weekend at CrossFit 7 Mile learning from each of you. Thank you so much! The course was very well run, the knowledge transfer was top notch and we had a lot of fun! Hope to see you back in the Cayman Islands soon for some R&R and maybe a beach WOD!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Kat Walsh at December 9, 2012 6:11 PM

Thanks for a great weekend at Rogue!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Amy at December 9, 2012 6:13 PM

Cherie and all the trainers in San Antonio were fantastic! What a great weekend!

Comment #11 - Posted by: Scott at December 9, 2012 6:14 PM

Had a great time doing the Level 1 Cert. at Rogue. Met a bunch of really cool people and learned a lot.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Mike McCaffrey at December 9, 2012 6:30 PM

Chuck, Courtney & Nicole down at CrossFit 7 Mile Cert(Grand Cayman) were AMAZING!! The L1 Course was top notch & wouldn't be that way without awesome trainers like them!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Tiffany at December 9, 2012 6:34 PM

Class in San Antonio was fantastic! Cherie kept us motivated, Zach really knew what he was teaching, Connor has lived CF and showed it thru great presentations, Lisa was a fantastic lecturer, and Nicole was awesome at showing us how to reach crossfitters of all levels. Great work and I am motivated and looking forward to my future in CF.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Javier Ayala at December 9, 2012 7:06 PM

Level 1 cert at Crossfit Decatur was fantastic! Y'all did such a great job with preparing us for the test. All of the instruction at the whiteboard was clear, concise and practical, not only for the test, but for real life. Mike G. is a very accomplished cat herder. :-) Thanks for keeping it light and laid back. Loved the breakout sessions. Jenn, Leah, Bethanie and Gretchen did an awesome job of explaining thoroughly to the groups as well as giving individual attention. I learned so much my head is spinning! I just have to say this one more time, "Yes Coach Jenn!"~ Christy:-)

Comment #15 - Posted by: Christy at December 9, 2012 7:29 PM

Really appreciate the coaches taking the time to fly to San Antonio, TX to help us out/train our Level 1 at Alamo CrossFit! Learned a lot from y'all as well as learning from the other folks being trained as well! Manziel winning the Heisman just made the weekend more awesome! Gig'em! Knape '04

Comment #16 - Posted by: Ryan K. at December 9, 2012 7:41 PM

Level 1 Course @ NorCal CF was awesome! I've been doing CF for some time and have gathered information from numerous sources, but the experience and dedication of the seminar staff at the course far outweighed that by a long shot. Big ups to Russel for leading it, Jason for hosting, Neil, Pat S, Pat B (for pickin on me), Nick, Laura, Ashley, Gabe and the rest of the personnel that put it together. The professionalism, expertise, and energy was exciting and intriguing. I really look forward to applying all of the newfound cues and tips to both y own "box" and my own skills.
Once again thanks for a great experience.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Colin D at December 9, 2012 7:43 PM

HUGE THANKS to the Aussie team for a wicked course in Melbourne!!! Learnt more in a weekend than I have in 5 months of CrossFit training and will use your words of wisdom to work my butt off in the box every day. Your passion, enthusiasm, energy and commitment to being kick ass athletes and mentors was inspiring so thank you :) See you around the traps! Or see your traps around... especially yours Doug haha CHHEEEEEEEEEEEERRRSSS!!!

Comment #18 - Posted by: Chels Rouge-Serret at December 9, 2012 7:43 PM

Incredible weekend @ Alamo CrossFit in San Antonio. Cherie, Lisa, Nicole, Zach and Connor are awesome instructors and all around great people. I couldn't have asked for a better group to learn from, thanks guys, rock on!

Comment #19 - Posted by: Daniel R. at December 9, 2012 8:09 PM

Level 1 course at Rainier CF was awesome! Great trainers and a great group of students. I'm glad I took the time to do this, it was well worth it!

Comment #20 - Posted by: Paul S at December 9, 2012 8:10 PM

Lvl 1 Course in SA was awesome. It's what I really needed to get me back into CrossFit. Thanks to the Training Crew. I don't think I could have asked for a better experience. I came back from my deployment, not well. Ya'll really made me feel like I was making the right decision coming back and taking that next step, that I have put off for the last 6 years. (attending a Level 1 Course). Thank you for everything.
Semper Fi.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Chris from TX at December 9, 2012 8:19 PM

The piece by Watts is wonderful. Western education used to mean liberal arts education, an education aimed at liberating the mind and the individual: an education fitted to free people. It was broad, inclusive, non-specialized, and the opposite of servile or instrumental education.

We have come full circle, education specializes too soon and fixes young people upon a certain course before they know who they are or what they could possible want. Such an education, as Watts hints at in the video, ill-prepares students to become free individuals, to pursue their dreams, to become who they are.

In this way so much of education today is like fitness pre-CrossFit, too specialized on the one hand -- creating physical deformities like killer biceps at the expense of proportionality (and beauty) -- or too vague on the other -- logging endless hours on a treadmill or elliptical trainer mesmerized by empty numbers that never add up to better fitness.

Just as CrossFit improves general fitness so education ought to prepare individuals generally for life, not specifically, at least not in the early years. For liberally educated free men and women, excellence (Truth, Beauty, and Goodness), not money, is the goal. I think that is what Watts is saying in the short video. And it seems to me that is what CrossFit is all about. the good news is that education, like the fitness industry, is in the midst of a revolution.

By the way, I really appreciate the thought-pieces on rest days.

Comment #22 - Posted by: JeffC at December 9, 2012 8:26 PM

Great weekend in Decatur, GA! Flowmaster Mike G. was a stellar, Italian Stallion leader and the trainers; "Yes Coach Jenn", Bethanie, Leah, and Gretchen kept us honest in our movements and gave us great coaching progressions and cues for our future athletes. I could write a novel about the little things I took away from the level 1 seminar, but as I made the 4 hour drive back to Nashville, there was one theme that stood out in my mind: The Crossfit Community makes this train continually gain speed. I met some awesome athletes from all over the map this weekend and I'll never forget the encouragement given during our group workouts (shout out to Kayla and Riyaz!). After this seminar, regardless if I passed the test or not, I walked away a better athlete and member of the greatest fitness community on earth! Thanks again trainers and staff for everything - Hunter Tubbs, Crossfit Nashville

Comment #23 - Posted by: Hunter T. at December 9, 2012 8:27 PM

can't see the enlarge image!!!!!!!
I wanna see my Roger & Taek!

Comment #24 - Posted by: young joo at December 9, 2012 8:40 PM

Big thanks to Kurtis and his wife for having all of us at Rainier Crossfit this weekend! Also the seminar staff! Complete class act! But with that being said having fun and keeping the mood upbeat and fun! Had a great time! @rory it's ok if Jesse kept putting that big nose up on the board I didn't think you had a big nose at all! Lol thanks again to al the coaches, Kurtis,Chris,Tommy,Rory,Jesse,Austin,Rob,Chris E,

Comment #25 - Posted by: Mitch Roehl at December 9, 2012 9:08 PM

Big thanks to Kurtis and his wife for having all of us at Rainier Crossfit this weekend! Also the seminar staff! Complete class act! But with that being said having fun and keeping the mood upbeat and fun! Had a great time! @rory it's ok if Jesse kept putting that big nose up on the board I didn't think you had a big nose at all! Lol thanks again to al the coaches, Kurtis,Chris,Tommy,Rory,Jesse,Austin,Rob,Chris E,

Comment #26 - Posted by: Mitch at December 9, 2012 9:10 PM

Stopping by to thank Joe Alexander and the group of facilitators down in Peak 360 in Miami for the Level 1 Crossfit certificate course, their knowledge and ability to pass it on was amazing. Loved the small group work and getting cued and provided with tips to better serve others. After this weekend I can go to bed and say "I am better"

Comment #27 - Posted by: Franco at December 9, 2012 9:47 PM

My knowledge of CrossFit just took a leap exponentially. Endless thanks to Kurtis, Chris, Tommy, Rory, Jesse, Austin, Rob, and Chris E for their time and presentation. I feel like an athlete and a coach born anew from the wealth of knowledge and passion these individuals displayed. I have never come across a group of individuals as in love with the aim and prescription of CrossFit, as I thought I was. Nor have I come across a community more educated in what is and should be happening in-and out of-our bodies.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Brent N at December 9, 2012 10:18 PM

A shout out to all of the coaches tremendous effort put forth in the efficay of the programs stimulus this past weekend at Rogue Columbus. It truly was an honor to have been apart of something so inclusive at such an early stage of my adaption to its concepts while making it seem so effortless. All of you guys truly do have a wonderful passion for the sport of CrossFit and I feel that I now have the tools to pass on this abundance of knowledge that I will forever be grateful.
Thank you,
Patrick R. Miller

Comment #29 - Posted by: Patrick R. Miller at December 9, 2012 10:20 PM

Heaps of praise for the trainers of the LV1 course on Oahu- each and every single one- Austin, Hollis, Kimo, Nadia, and Katie-were AHH-maaay-zing!Extra thanks to Hollis for helping me battle my nemesis- the muscle up =)

Comment #30 - Posted by: Heather Luther at December 9, 2012 10:27 PM

Thanks to all the guys who ran the LEVEL 1 Cert in Parma. You guys rocked. Drake for his demos, Nolan for the snatch, Denise for the programming, Marco and Frederico for being awesome and welcoming us all so well into Reebok CrossFit Parma, Pete for the translating (was a weekend Italian lesson as well), Steve for nutrition and muscle up progressions, Anu for really pissing me off but massively improving my squat at the same time! And last but absolutely not least, Karl Steadman, major bromance coming your way, I'll be bringing beer and my speed rope soon to you guys at CrossFit 3D. Cheers again, lets hope I passed!

Comment #31 - Posted by: Archie Cunningham at December 9, 2012 10:39 PM

Crossfit level 1 cert at crossfit strong in dallas was awesome. New to crossfit and I learned a lot. Meet some great people and made some new friends. Loved seeing everyone work really hard even when we were learning something new. Thanks to all the coaches, Sarah, Zac, Todd, Gayle, PJ and Scott, you guys did awesome and made the weekend fun and entertaining.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Sarah Mccloud at December 9, 2012 10:47 PM

Had a great time in Decatur with an even greater staff. Mike is a true leader and it reflects through the trainers. I would wife up any of those ladies ; ) mainly because they could destroy me in any work out! But seriously, there was no shortage of passion in the folks that took the time and energy away from their homes to bring us one step closer to our personal goals. It may be their "job" but at no point did I feel unheard or undervalued. The work outs were tough and the test broke a mental sweat. Everything you could hope to learn and more in two days. I for one feel honored to say day 1 of my cf career will be because of them. Thanks guys and gals, you laid an amazing foundation.

Comment #33 - Posted by: Joshwa C. at December 9, 2012 10:48 PM

Great weekend at Level 1 cert CF Oahu. Gym and trainers all top notch. Lets start the slow clap for Nadia . . .

Comment #34 - Posted by: Fo at December 9, 2012 11:38 PM

Great week-end in PARMA with Karl, Drake, Diane, Nolan, Steve, Pete and all the other guys of the seminar staff... All of them are fantastic instuctors, experienced and professional yet friendly and nice when teaching and helping us. Big thanks to Federico and Marco, fantastic trainers and and owners of the most beautiful and well equipped box I've ever seen in Italy. I recommend this course if you are interested in learning the basics of CrossFit and start your journey in this new fitness world! :-)

Comment #35 - Posted by: Carlo Strati at December 10, 2012 12:20 AM

Wanna send a huge shout out to Eric and the crew from Rogue Fitness in Columbus Ohio this weekend!!! Training was by far best ever training anyone could ask for hands down!! Totally professional and extremely fun along with tons of cues and tips for all of us to take home and use!! Doug, Lindsey, Aby and lady's and gentlemen, "The MATT CHAN!!!" Keep up the awesome work and a huge thank you to the crew and to all my fellow athletes who helped make this a weekend to remember for life.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Eddy S at December 10, 2012 1:02 AM

i missed out on yesterdays WOD as i was out watching the footie, should i do it today or still rest ??

Comment #37 - Posted by: jason at December 10, 2012 1:04 AM

YEAH NANICE!! CFD is rooting for you!

Comment #38 - Posted by: Jason in Chiba at December 10, 2012 1:40 AM

Huge kudos to all the trainers (Dan, Doug, Stacey, Taryn and Ollie) for the Level 1 in Melbourne! All the lectures and practicals were informative, relevant, professionally presented and you can see the trainers all share a passion for CrossFit. I left this weekend with a lot more knowledge, some homework for myself, inspiration to bring more people into the CrossFit community and I got to meet and train with some incredible people - what more can you ask for!

Comment #39 - Posted by: Victoria at December 10, 2012 2:53 AM

Incredible weekend at the Toronto Lvl 1 course! Had a ton of fun; so glade I decided to do it. Instructors... you guys were awesome, thanks for everything, your passion and knowledge was surely evident and was awesome to witness. Crossfit keep up the great work with these guys. Cheers everybody!

Comment #40 - Posted by: Brandon at December 10, 2012 5:19 AM

Huge shout out to Cherie, Lisa, Nicole, Zach and Connor!! Awesome L1 course this weekend in SA. Ya'll are amazing trainers and made everything from the lectures to the breakout sessions fantastic!! Favorite moment, by far, was Lisa's comment to Cherie, "I'll have what she's having." Good times. ;)

Comment #41 - Posted by: Velvet at December 10, 2012 5:48 AM

Coach's prep course gets it right. Highlighting the most efficient way to access and correct movements, ideas on group and class management, discussion on effective programming...It was an outstanding experience and the staff Dennis, Miranda, and Boz were great. Job well done!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Ray at December 10, 2012 6:15 AM

What an amazing weekend at Crossfit Decatur!!! Mike G. made the class very entertaining!! Also, Coach Jenn, Leah, Bethanie, and Gretchen were great trainers who showed me a lot! I was able to learn so many things to help me on my new course of becoming a trainer as well as achieving my first strict muscle up :) I met so many fantastic people that I wish I could Crossfit with again (Shout out to Marc, Hunter, and Riyaz). I hope to see some of you at the Coachs Prep course sometime next year :) All around an amazing weekend with the best trainers and flowmaster ever!!!!

Comment #43 - Posted by: Kayla R. at December 10, 2012 6:19 AM

Big Thanks to Cherie, Zach, Connor, Lisa, and Nicole. Got a lot out of the weekend, so glad I did this!

Comment #44 - Posted by: Alex at December 10, 2012 6:24 AM

Such a great Level 1!!!! The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and proficient!! What great inspiration!! Each instructor was well spoken and patient in answering questions. each question was answered in a very profound yet easy to understand manner!! THANKS YOU GUYS!!

Comment #45 - Posted by: Kelsey at December 10, 2012 6:32 AM

Rogue was the best!~! Awesome training program, and can't wait to share with everyone I meet. Great job coaches!

Comment #46 - Posted by: Krystle at December 10, 2012 6:44 AM

Level 1 @ Columbus, Rogue Fitness. A Big thanks to all of the Seminar staff. A special thanks to the lead instructor Eric O'Connor you ran a well oiled machine this weekend my friend! Matt, thanks for the inital talk on CF and then on Nutrition. Lindsey thanks for the 9 foundational movements talk, and your programming talk nailed it. Andrea, thanks for the instruction on the presses and all of your great analogies & cues! Abi, thanks for the DL series training, you rock as well! Doug, thanks for the snatch series training (I can't quit singing those crazy songs)! The weekend exceeded my expectations and I learned a lot! Thanks!

Comment #47 - Posted by: Jeff at December 10, 2012 6:46 AM

Excellent CF Kids class in Chicago! Truly a well planned and informative class. Felt honored to be part of a class with such a phenomenal and knowledgeable staff at such a great location. I feel like this is my CF path and thank you so much for giving me the tools with which to start that journey! I recommend this class to everyone! Never a dull moment and the games ROCKED!

Comment #48 - Posted by: Lisa at December 10, 2012 6:49 AM

Fantastic CF Kids course in Chicago this weekend!! The instructors (Erik, Kelly, Ali, and Keegan) were EXCELLENT presenters, the information taught was interesting and useful, and the practice coaching times were so helpful - I can't wait to put everything I learned into practice at CrossFit Champaign-Urbana! Thanks again to CF Chicago for being gracious hosts, and especially Eileen for sharing thoughts and information during our relaxed hang-out-and-enjoy-beverages time at the end of day 1. Yay CFKids!!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Allyson at December 10, 2012 7:16 AM

Had a fantastic time at the L1 cert at Rogue this weekend. A special thanks to all the trainers for doing a great job. It was also a treat to watch Matt Chan and Lindsay Smith rip through a few workouts!

Comment #50 - Posted by: Steve S at December 10, 2012 7:38 AM

The lvl 1 in San Antonio was amazing! I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and depth of knowledge of all the trainers. I couldn't have asked for a better group. Great job guys!

Comment #51 - Posted by: Brian S at December 10, 2012 7:48 AM

I had the greatest weekend doing my L1 cert in Toronto at CF Colosseum with Joe DeGain and Crew! I learned so much in such a short time, and had a ton of fun doing it. I can't recommend taking your L1 enough, whether you want to be a trainer, or just a better athlete!

Great tips from a great group- thanks Joe DeGain, James Hobart, Mel Ockerby, Joe Westerlin, Keith Wittenstein and Matt DuBreucq! Thanks for all the tips guys!!

Comment #52 - Posted by: Steph Green at December 10, 2012 7:54 AM

I very rarely speak about the posted thoughts/ topics, in this case the video.... I thought it was GREAT. We're so sucked in it's hard sometimes to see the forest from the trees... we're too zoomed in.. it's HARD to push away and to seperate and really and truely ask these questions. It's HARD to think about life without the commitments of money and the pusuit of happyness, in it's pure form. I actually think that one, of many, reasons that things like CrossFit is so popular is because as a result of HARD work and physically pushing past one's preconditioned boundaries, that it expands into other areas of our lives and you start to question other aspects of life and you start to really beelieve that anything IS possible... that's an AMAZING feeling to begin to hope and have belief... TRUE belief of open possibilites... and letting go of pure control... let the ride happen and then see where you end up and what choices you have.

Comment #53 - Posted by: Anton at December 10, 2012 8:11 AM

I would like to thank all the coaches at Columbus OH for this past weekend. Your staff did an excellent job teaching us the proper techniques and eveything possible about cross fit. I have been following cross fit since Iraq 2009 and thought I was decent doing events. But I had a huge wake up call. My techniques were missing since I self taught myself. With the techniques now been taught I hope to up my performance and help my classes in school. Big shout out to the coaches hope you all excel and Matt and Lindsey good luck at the games this year. Abby your amazingly strong keep up the work.

Comment #54 - Posted by: Terry McCullough at December 10, 2012 9:30 AM

Thanks for this great lectures from M. Watts! Enjoyed it a lot!

Comment #55 - Posted by: Christian C. at December 10, 2012 10:06 AM

Fantastic video by Watts. Thank you for posting. An important question to always consider.

Comment #56 - Posted by: Mike E at December 10, 2012 10:50 AM

Amazing time at the L1 at CF Colosseum in Toronto. Joe DeGain and his crew were exceptional in both their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Funniest moment was James Hobart demonstrating the 'cheerleader' jerk receiving position, he deadpanned 'hooray'.

Learned a lot about using multiple cues (out of the tool belt) to correct mechanics.

Comment #57 - Posted by: Brent L at December 10, 2012 11:13 AM

Made up yesterday's dl/sq/hspu workout this morning. Results posted there.

Comment #58 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/53/5'11"/175) at December 10, 2012 11:14 AM

Grace is coming.

Comment #59 - Posted by: JonNYC xfit since 6/08 43/M/175/5'11" at December 10, 2012 11:26 AM

Shout out to the CF Kids cert crew this weekend, Erik, Kelly, Ali, and Keegan for the Chicago cert. Came into it and was definitely a little worn out from a long work week, but you guys definitely made things interesting and kept my attention for the weekend. Got some great cues and warm-up ideas for our adult classes as well. Thanks again guys.

Comment #60 - Posted by: Bryce at December 10, 2012 11:44 AM

A link to Alan Watts? Brilliant. During the hardest, most physically and mentally demanding workouts we have the opportunity to simply exist. The internal chatter turns off as we share a unique and very real moment with others.

Comment #61 - Posted by: Josh at December 10, 2012 12:30 PM

This is to ROGUE LEVEL 1 Cert Seminar Staff Columbus: 3,2,1 GO ERIC!!! Did you refresh your phone for the update yet. There is currently a video crew headed to your box to film the first ever virtual coach "Fran" competition... right now a coach in ohio is ready to beat your "Fran" time. haha. Thank you for making the weekend interesting Eric. Thank you to all of the staff, each one of you taught us so much. We appreciate the time you take to teach these seminars and to help us be not just better coaches but better athletes. It was an amazing weekend!!!

Comment #62 - Posted by: Kirsten Beverley at December 10, 2012 12:38 PM

GREAT weekend @CF Decatur, mainly because our trainers ROCKED! The cert solidified what i've learned in the past and taught me way more than I could've imagined. The trainers were thorough, attentive, and fun in our breakout sessions. Way to rock it Mike & Bethanie G, Leah, Gretchen, Jenn & Tommy!

Comment #63 - Posted by: Stephanie B at December 10, 2012 12:47 PM

Thanks so much to coaches chuck, Nicole, and Courtney for a kick ass weekend at crossfit7mile. Learned a ton from these guys and had a blast with it as well. Such a great experience and we couldn't have asked for better trainers!!!! :)

Comment #64 - Posted by: Heidi at December 10, 2012 12:49 PM

Made up the double under/push jerk workout from last Tuesday.

11:54, with 65#

Comment #65 - Posted by: Carole (F/54/5'6"/135) at December 10, 2012 1:45 PM

Thank you Rainier Crossfit for hosting us for the Lvl 1 Certs course! Kurtis and the rest of the coaches were great! So much information and the breakouts were awesome. I learned so much more there than I have ever with all the reading and videos I had seen. Great job all!

Comment #66 - Posted by: Patrick Tuohy at December 10, 2012 2:50 PM

fantastico corso a PARMA...grazie a tutti...torno con la consapevolezza di far parte di una bellissima famiglia....i love crossfit

Comment #67 - Posted by: giuseppe at December 10, 2012 2:51 PM

@#22 JeffC,

I couldn't agree more. I am a high school principal that started teaching 24 years ago with an understanding that we were teaching teenagers. Very few of them had even the slightest idea of what they were going to do with the rest of their life. Now we are forced to structure the educational process on preparing kids, KIDS, for a career.

The video presented demonstrates that there is a entire world out there of which we don't even have any awareness. How can I expect a child to pick the path that they will take through this world? How about, as a society, we demand that all kids get a broad based, comprehensive, excellent education so that they are prepared to explore the paths that interest them? I highly doubt that this type of education can be measured by a multiple choice test.

I also enjoy the return of articles, videos, and other opporunities to exercise the mind on rest days.

Comment #68 - Posted by: Bailey at December 10, 2012 3:50 PM

Rick solid trainers at the L1 Oahu course- the Katie Hogan, Nadia, Austin, Kimo and Hollis, you guys were a wealth of knowledge, I had an unforgettable time learning from you all! Thanks a ton! That snatch element is big time, can't wait to pass on what I've learned

Comment #69 - Posted by: Shane at December 10, 2012 3:58 PM

Level 1 @ Ranier Crossfit was a fantastic and unforgettable experience. So much enthusiasm and passion flowing from the trainers you can't help but feel inspired and motivated. I left thinking I could take on the world and win for sure. The trainers are clearly educated far above and beyond the necessary. Superb course and an amazing facility taught by a crew of phenomenal coaches. Big thanks to Kurtis and his crew for an amazing and inspiring weekend!

Comment #70 - Posted by: Karen Burton at December 10, 2012 3:59 PM

Had a blast at Rogue fitness OH this past weekend. Had awesome trainers/coaches! Matt Chan, Lindsey B. Smith, Eric O'Connor, Abi and the rest of the crew. Learned a lot and the course is more than well worth it! Can't beat an atmosphere like that!

Comment #71 - Posted by: Damion at December 10, 2012 5:06 PM

This weekend's cert at CrossFit Decatur was amazing. Our trainers were very clear, concise, and thorough with the knowledge and training they gave us. All of the coaches were stellar and I could not have found a better group to work with (Hunter and Kayla) during our workouts. Also shout out to Coach Jenn! I'm working on getting rid of the "DB" shoulders.

Comment #72 - Posted by: Riyaz J at December 10, 2012 5:23 PM

Sumner, Wa. Crossfit Level 1 Cert was AWESOME! I've been a firefighter for 15 years and this was the best most professional class I have taken! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! THANKs Kurtis Bowler and the Crossfit Trainers! WELL DONE!

Comment #73 - Posted by: Tori at December 10, 2012 5:57 PM

Thanks to all the coaches in Columbus. Great instruction from amazing athletes. Eric O'ConnOr is great athlete and a decent stand up comedian. I really feel I received 6mo. of worth of training in 2 days.

Comment #74 - Posted by: DC at December 10, 2012 6:22 PM

Kudos to Rogue Crossfit Level 1 Certification! There were many take aways. Some that come to mind: Doug-thank you for the reminder to "be strict, but build the clients confidence up w/ humor". Matt - thank you for the reminder to "not hold the water bottle/latte while coaching. These types of things spoke volumes....
Loved the analogies tied into seminar. Appreciated how smooth the weekend ran with time frames for workouts, lunch, an exam.
Totally bummed I forgot my CrossFit t-shirt at my hotel!! :-(.
Definitely plan to attend more seminars! After leaving one I these seminars - I feel like I can walk through a brick wall... Lol:-).

Comment #75 - Posted by: Renee Yost at December 10, 2012 6:30 PM

Awesome staff and participants at CrossFit Decatur. The coaches were not only extremely knowledgeable, but they were also very personable and entertaining. It made the weekend that much more enjoyable. I learned a lot not only about CrossFit in general, but some of my own faults that I need to work on. Huge kudos and appreciation to ALL the coaches: Mike Giardina, Bethanie Giardina, Leah Polaski, Gretchen Kittelberger, Jennifer Hunter-Marshall and Tommy. Thanks for everything and making it fun. I got something from everyone of you that I will take with me.

Comment #76 - Posted by: Paris Vannata at December 10, 2012 7:09 PM

Thanks to Doug,Danny,Stacey,Taryn and Olli for such an amazing course, got so much out of it seriously going to change my life :) You are all awesome coaches and its so coo see how passionate you all were, its inspiring and you made the weekend not just informative but fun. Hahah and i tried kipping and got 2 out :) practice practice practice. Thanks heaps have an awesome christmas!!

Comment #77 - Posted by: Ashlee Pilgrim at December 10, 2012 7:11 PM

@ #68 Bailey . . . a high school teacher for 24 years, bless you.

Comment #78 - Posted by: JeffC at December 10, 2012 9:17 PM

5k row 18:57, last klick felt like I was sitting on a rock, nice workout!

Comment #79 - Posted by: SBR at December 10, 2012 9:32 PM

Esperienza fantastica Level 1 fatto presso crossfit Parma con dei coatch veramente bravi e un organizzazione meticolosa e professionale

Comment #80 - Posted by: Emanuele at December 11, 2012 2:05 AM

Esperienza fantastica Level 1 fatto presso crossfit Parma con dei coatch veramente bravi e un organizzazione meticolosa e professionale

Comment #81 - Posted by: Emanuele at December 11, 2012 2:06 AM

Awesome CFKids cert at CrossFit Chicago!!! Thanks Erik, Kelly, Ali and Keegan - your energy and passion for teaching kiddos was contagious;-) Thanks for pushing us outside of our comfort zone and letting us play. I've already had my own kids squatting in the kitchen. Can't wait to get our program up and running!!! Thanks CFChicago for opening up your facility and being so welcoming.

Comment #82 - Posted by: Jessie Carter at December 11, 2012 8:15 AM

Level 1 cert at CROSSFIT 7 Mile was awesome. Courtney ,Chuck and Nicole are a terrific team and have a capacity to engage and move people at the same time. This has definitely been an experience that will continue to create more growth in my life.

Comment #83 - Posted by: Janelle at December 11, 2012 8:31 AM

Amazing weekend at the L1 Cert in Toronto!! Massive thanks to all the staff - Joe DeGain, Joe Westerlin, Mel Ockerby, James Hobart, Keith Wittenstein and Matt Dubreucq - you guys are amazing. I learned so much and it inspired me to continue pursuing this path with my life. I can't stress enough how much you all impacted me this weekend. Amazing lectures, demos, advice, jokes, everything - loved it! Love crossfit. Thanks to Paul at Crossfit Coliseum as well for putting up with us.
Oh, and that coconut water post-Fran was probably the best thing that's ever happened to me. Or at least it felt like it at the time.

Comment #84 - Posted by: Kate McNulty at December 11, 2012 2:53 PM

The The CF Level 1 Training in San Antonio and CF Alamo was awesome. The staff was fun, energetic, positive, and taught all concepts in a way that made the concepts easy to understand. I have walked away from the training not only as a better crossfitter, but a more knowledgeable coach who has a better understanding on how to train others to improve and get better at all CF movements. Cheri, Lisa, Nicole, Zach, and Connor were highly skilled and it was an honor to be taught by the best! :)Also, Cherie's energy kept me engaged and wanting to learn more!

Comment #85 - Posted by: Lv at December 12, 2012 4:49 PM

Awesome time at the CFL1 Cert at CF Alamo in San Antonio, Texas this past weekend! The CF staff was very energetic, extremely knowledgeable, FUNNY, inspiring, and PATIENT! Haha! S/O to Cherie, Connor, Zach, Nicole, and Lisa for such an amazing experience! Thank you! :)

Comment #86 - Posted by: Ari Bermea at December 13, 2012 1:19 PM

The CF level 1 Cert in T.O. was outstanding. Thanks to the energetic and professional staff for making this such a worthwhile experience. I know I am a better crossfitter and instructor because of the course. It was also a humbling experience that demonstrated how much we still needed to learn about being good instructors.
Joe DeGain, Joe Westerlin, Mel Ockerby, James Hobart, Keith Wittenstein and Matt Dubreucq are exceptional teachers and outstanding ambassodors of CrossFit. Thanks!

Comment #87 - Posted by: Mark Brouillard at December 13, 2012 6:49 PM

The L1 class in San Antonio,Tx at Alamo Crossfit was hands down the best L1 group EVER! Cherie, Lisa, Nichole, Connor, and Zach rocked! I am looking forward to bettering myself and others through everything that I learned this past weekend!

Comment #88 - Posted by: Tonie W. at December 13, 2012 8:29 PM

A special thanks to Mike, Bethanie, Jenn, Gretchen, and Leah for an outstanding Level 1 seminar at CrossFit Decatur. You guys are welcome anytime at Alpha Omega Sports Performance in Pensacola, FL. We look forward to hosting.

The examples, cues, and tips are helpful for anyone looking to learn more. Great work.

Comment #89 - Posted by: Joseph McCrory at December 14, 2012 8:42 AM

I just wanted to give a thanks to the awesome people from the L1 class at Crossfit Rogue, Columbus. Eric, Matt, Lindsey, Nichole, Abi, Andrea. You and the rest of the crew were amazing! It is so great to get around other Crossfit fanatics and become a better coach. I look forward to building upon every thing I learned from all of you. I was just watching Lindsey Smith rip out some heavy cleans on ESPN! Good luck at the Games this year! I'll be rooting for you!

Comment #90 - Posted by: Matthew Lengel at December 16, 2012 4:50 PM

Thank you for an awesome weekend full of learning. The passion expressed by each of the instructors was inspiring and motivating. Thank you Chris, Hollis, Kimmy, Dave, Kelly, Jim and John. You guys shared personal experiences and stories which made the class that much better. UNR Crossfit was a great spot to take the L1 because of the dedicated classroom and large breakout areas. Can't wait to put all this great knowledge to use! Thank you CrossFit for all you've done.

Comment #91 - Posted by: Jesse Hodorowski at December 17, 2012 11:20 AM

Great job on the course guys! It was a blast to workout with you and learn 'just a bit' ;) more on setting up and executing the deadlift. You made it easy to learn difficult simplification of a complex matter.

Comment #92 - Posted by: Dan Aderton at December 17, 2012 12:40 PM

LVL-1 NorthShore was a great experience, learned a ton! Awesome seminar staff! E.C, John, Austin, Spencer and Matt all did a great job. Flawless presentations and very helpful group work.

Comment #93 - Posted by: Shaun Monteiro at December 19, 2012 5:57 AM
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