"You don't know what you don't know"
The older I get the more I discover how much I didn't know that I didn't know. I recently had an opportunity to both be awakened to how much I didn't know and then to learn a lot of those things.
CrossFit offers 4 levels of training certification. The Level 1 course lays out the basics of the CrossFit methodology and teaches the 9 foundational movements. I've been a Level 1 trainer for almost five years and I've been coaching people a little longer than that.
I've taught a lot of people how to squat, press and deadlift over those years and I'd become a pretty decent coach. Or so I thought.
The first week in May I attended the CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course. If the Level 1 course is the foundation of fitness the Level 2 course is the foundation of coaching. I was put through several practical exercises with my peers where I had to demonstrate my coaching abilities and was then critiqued by a much more experienced coach. It was nerve-racking, to say the least, but it was also very eye-opening.
At the end of the weekend, I had to pass a test to receive my Level 2 Trainer Certificate and I passed! That was a weight off my shoulders and I'm excited to keep improving using what I learned.
I became aware of so many aspects to coaching that I didn't realize I needed to be paying attention to. I also came away with a clear plan for improving myself and the rest of the coaching staff at CrossFit 43 North.
One more thing that will improve our gym and our coaching staff is that as of June 7, 2019, I will no longer have to go to work at another job. I'll be moving on from my graphic design position at Mission Aviation Fellowship and will be able to focus on CrossFit 43 North.
We're constantly striving to make our gym the best in the valley. It's hard work but we're up for the challenge. We must always be improving, even if it's just 1% at a time.