Lessons Learned at My Level 1

Level 1

Two weeks ago, I journeyed up to Columbus, Ohio, to take my Level 1.

Now, if you had told me when I started this fitness and Box Pro journey I would one day become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, I would have scoffed. I remember my first CrossFit workout, thinking it’d be great if I simply survived. I had no idea it would lead me to where I am today — healthier than ever and impacting other’s lives in positive ways.

I think it was about 1.5 years ago when my Affiliate owner first suggested looking into my Level 1. Not necessarily even to train; he explained it was a great foundational tool any CrossFitter would benefit from. There were even a few people in my Level 1 who weren’t looking to become Coaches at their gyms; they simply wanted to know more about the fitness regimen that had changed their life.

It wasn’t until last year around this time I decided to pursue the idea of coaching. And it was after a specific incident – which I have already shared, but it’s essential to my story so I’m sharing it again.

I distinctly remember having a conversation with one of my fellow athletes about the pull-up — he was trying to get his first one. He had a question and I had an answer. A week later, he pulled me aside after class. “Heather, look!” And he did a pull-up. Although my coaching had been minimal, I was pumped because he was so ecstatic. It was a wonderful feeling. Plus, sharing something that has so profoundly impacted my life seemed like a good idea.

All in all, I must give kudos to CrossFit for the excellent course they put on. I learned so much, and not just about the movements. I saw the roots of community and passion come to life in the 14 hours spent at the course. Sure, my head was reeling from all the info, even after having read the Training Guide, but I came away with a greater passion for CrossFit itself. It was truly remarkable.

Finally, I am super grateful I’ve been interning prior to going to my Level 1. I felt like I was able to better grasp the movement progressions, as well as some of the information specifically about being a trainer. Sure, finding faults is still a bear and is something I’ll be continually learning, but I was glad for the foundation I went in with.

So, now I’m a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer — and I finally understand what an Affiliate is talking about when they go to the course and are sold on opening a Box. With that said, I think I’ll stick with Box Pro. But, I cannot wait to continue positively impacting the world and the wonderful people in it.

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