Extra Credit


Five continuing education ideas that you and your Coaches can pursue after getting your CrossFit Level 1 Certification.

MobilityWod Movement and Mobility Course



“This course teaches anyone … how to best maintain natural function and harness genetic potential,” said Juliet Starrett, the co-founder of MobilityWOD.

What Coaches can learn from this course:

Prevent/rehabilitate common athletic injuries

Help athletes use their body most effectively

Identify, diagnose and fix inefficient
movement patterns

Help pain and dysfunction

Fix poor mechanics

Develop effective individual and group mobility programming

Why is mobility a topic that Coaches should learn?

“Coaches should learn about proper movement patterns and related mobility strategy because their client’s health and performance depends on it,” said Starrett.

CrossFit Defense


“I tell people that self defense is the most important skill you hope you never need to use,” said Tony Blauer, course developer of CrossFit Defense. “In other words, everybody should understand how to pick up danger, how to move away from it, and if the danger gets close and they can’t move away, to change the risk by communicating and if they realize, ‘Oh shit, this is actually happening,’ how to protect themselves.”

What Coaches can learn from this course:

How to use organic resources — aka your body

Apply already-known movements, like wall balls and push presses, to self-defense movements

How to help keep staff and clients safe

Improve awareness

Fear management, even if it means just helping an athlete face their fear of a box jump

What is Crossfit Defense’s focus?

“You’re already a human weapon. You already have this built in through your DNA, [an] awareness radar for what doesn’t feel right,” said Blauer. “What we’re showing people is you’ve already got this range of motion, coordination, stamina and strength, endurance. What we need to do is now apply that to a true survival application.”

Precision Nutrition Coaching Program


“I think it’s important to find some sort of an education system or program where the people are open-minded. They’re critical thinkers; they don’t necessarily latch on to one dietary belief and say, ‘This is it. This is the answer,’” said Ryan Andrews, a coach at Precision Nutrition.

What Coaches can learn from this course:

The science side (nutrition science, exercise science, physiology, etc.)

Help people with behavior change

Develop listening skills

Learn how to best frame questions to clients

Recognize different learning styles

Be able to answer questions like, “Why are you even coaching?”

Why should a coach look at pursuing education in nutrition?

“Nutrition really influences everything,” said Andrews. “Most of us eat at least three times a day, and our food choices influence … our personal health and well-being, which cascades into so many other areas of life.”

Freestyles Connection Movement Seminar


“Learn to move so you can move to learn,” said Carl Paoli, founder of the seminar. “Basically, it’s all about understanding why we move the way we do, especially in CrossFit, and how we can take those movements and not just improve on our craft itself, but learning and improving anything else outside of the gym as well.”

What Coaches can learn from this course:

How to perform the four key movements: pistol, HSPU, muscle-up and the burpee

Universal and transferable progression principles that are applicable to all movements

A better understanding of what it means to perform functional movement, which is being able to establish a movement standard

What is this seminar’s focus?

“It’s not a gymnastics seminar. It’s a movement seminar,” explained Paoli. “When we’re talking about any kind of performance, movement is what we see, position is what we study and the purpose is what shapes both of those.”

Russian Kettlebell Certifications


“The way we teach kettlebells is not just how to move and lift and swing and Snatch. A kettlebell is actually all the principles of strength, power production and movement that go behind being a really elite athlete,” said Andrea Du Cane, director of certifications and master instructor for the Russian Kettlebell Certifications.

What Coaches can learn from this course:

Help keep athletes fast, strong, resilient and injury-free

Fix shoulder and lower back problems

How to instruct others in using kettlebells

Understand how to do the movements correctly

The benefits of
kettlebell education:
“It keeps the body balanced, strong and functional, so when you go to lift heavy barbells and you’re going to do those pull-ups, you have that explosive power you need to complete those and be competitive,” said Du Cane.



Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.