Keeping up your education is crucial in this day and age of owning a CrossFit gym, especially when it comes to Affiliating.
However, when your Level 1 becomes five years old, you have a couple of options. Renew your Level 1, or pursue your Level 2. Charlie Sims of CrossFit Regeneration in Louisville, Kentucky, recently acquired his L2. He shares what the experience is like, some of the key takeaways for his business and why other Affiliates should consider pursuing their L2, too.
Box Pro: Why did you decide to pursue your Level 2?
Charlie Sims: The requirements for being a CrossFit Affiliate are that I maintain at least a Level 1 Certificate. And mine was expiring. So in order to keep my Affiliate status, I had to decide to either renew my Level 1, or go for the Level 2. Knowing what I do now, I wish I had done it way sooner, but now I know that I have at least five more years before that will expire. The decision came down to $500. I could have renewed my L1 and saved $500. This was so worth the extra money.
BP: What is the difference between the Level 1 and the Level 2?
CS: The difference between the two comes down to the target. In the L1, we’re introduced to the fundamental information about what CrossFit is and how to do it right. It’s necessary for coaching at my gym and for using the word CrossFit in my marketing. The L2 assumes a basic understanding of the content of the L1 and focuses on equipping us to better coach and teach that information. It’s Coach Glassman’s concept of virtuosity applied to coaching.
BP: What were your biggest takeaways from the weekend?
CS: They helped me to see my own strengths and weaknesses as a Coach. I know that I’m good at leading and organizing a group and detecting movement flaws/inefficiencies. But it became apparent that I’m weaker with giving actionable corrections in a precise and concise manner.
Additionally, the way that I program makes it difficult to adequately coach athletes toward virtuosity due to the high volume in our sessions.
Finally, I have a wealth of great information and practical takeaways to bring back to my coaching staff. Their development will be taken to the next level.
BP: What will you change in your Box because of the Level 2?
CS: I need to clean out a bunch of the extra volume in our programming. Coach Glassman’s quote was used multiple times: “Be impressed by intensity and not volume.”
BP: How do you think your staff will be impacted? In fact, how did you prep them for you being gone to take the Level 2?
CS: I had a few issues covering for my absence, primarily due to the fact that I’m the only one who spends the whole day here. But the biggest impact will come in the coaching development areas. I feel equipped to make them better Coaches. I have some systems to use and a plan in place to help them grow.
BP: Why should other Affiliates pursue a Level 2?
CS: It’s worth much more than the $500 that makes the difference between that and renewing the Level 1. I was challenged to expand. I did. It was by far the best and most beneficial seminar I’ve been to. I know it sounds like hyperbole, but that was more helpful to me than any class I took in college.