Continuing Education

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing learning process a Certified Trainer employs to advance professional knowledge, skills and abilities beyond minimum requirements. This ongoing learning process is accomplished by activities such as attending seminars, courses or lectures; attending coaching workshops, or participating in advisory panels.

It is expected that through the CPD process, trainers will develop goals and follow individualized learning plans to ensure that they meet and exceed the standard of practice in the fitness industry. Appropriate CPD activities are empirically based (i.e., have some practical application and are not purely theoretical), relevant and applicable to improving fitness and health as defined by CrossFit, presented by a qualified source or instructor who is in good standing with CrossFit Inc., and free from commercial bias.

Certificants are required to complete 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) of approved professional-development activities within the three category types.

View Professional-Development Activity Types

See the Candidate Handbook for a complete description of each category and complete instructions on how to receive credit for each course or activity.

CrossFit Training Courses

CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course

The Level 1 Certificate Course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course

The Level 2 Certificate Course is an intermediate-level seminar that builds on the concepts and movements introduced at the Level 1 certificate course.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training

Adaptations are a part of life. Our survivability relies on our ability to adapt to change. To achieve new levels of performance, we have to adapt to the constantly varied functional movements we use every day - in the gym and in life.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

5

CrossFit Specialty Course: Advanced Gymnastics

This is an extension of the CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course and bridges the gap from training to sport. It is grounded in prerequisite strength, safe coaching and technique to produce powerful movement and efficiency in skill work.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

12

CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity

The Aerobic Capacity Course is appropriate for all CrossFit populations ranging from the day-to-day CrossFitter to the competitive CrossFit athlete looking to create a more robust and efficient aerobic system. Coach Chris Hinshaw details how he integrates

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

6

CrossFit Online Course: Anatomy

The Anatomy Course provides information on the basic movements and an overview of the structure and mechanics of the human body.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

4

CrossFit Coaches Development Program

The CrossFit Coaches Development Program is an intensive three- or five-day course designed for CrossFit trainers at all levels of development

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

35

CrossFit Specialty Course: Competitor's

This course is designed for athletes, and the coaches of athletes of any skill level, interested in competing in fitness competitions - be it local competitions or official CrossFit competitions such as the Open, Regionals, or the CrossFit Games.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Conjugate Methods

This course is for the athlete and trainer interested in learning the methods used by Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell and incorporating them into training.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

12

CrossFit Workshop: Dumbbell

This workshop is a hands-on, fast-paced, and fun-filled experience where participants learn how to best use this simple and effective tool to energize their programming and workouts.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

8

CrossFit Specialty Course: Gymnastics

This interactive two-day course covers basic, intermediate and advanced gymnastics movements in a lecture setting, with practical application following as participants and coaches perform all presented movements. Skills are repeated until the student has a

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Workshop: Flexibility

This immersive, one-day course covers multiple styles and strategies of flexibility training in both lecture and practical-application settings.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

8

CrossFit Online Course: Judges

This online educational and assessment module is designed to challenge and support the ability to judge human movement in real time. This course is required for participants who wish to judge at Regionals and the CrossFit Games.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

2

CrossFit Specialty Course: Kettlebell

This course is open to anyone interested in maximizing personal performance and acquiring the skills to be a proficient kettlebell instructor. Participants learn how to effectively teach kettlebell exercises, quickly assess and correct common errors, and s

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Kids

The purpose of this course is to learn specific methods for teaching CrossFit to children and adolescents. Participants learn techniques to overcome the unique challenges of teaching kids CrossFit methodology, as well as how a CrossFit Kids program can hel

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Law Enforcement Application

The seminar educates officers on the application of CrossFit for the law-enforcement profession. Attendees will learn how law-enforcement departments across the nation have successfully implemented a CrossFit training program in their academies and in-serv

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

5

CrossFit Specialty Course: Masters

The purpose of this course is to learn specific methods for teaching CrossFit to adults 40 years of age and beyond.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Pose Method

Running is not just about aerobic training. Rowing does not replace running! The musculoskeletal load from running is an essential component to training our bodies to adapt to external forces.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

16

CrossFit Specialty Course: Rowing (Erg)

This course gives participants the opportunity to maximize skill and familiarity with rowing on a Concept2 ergometer, an important component of many CrossFit workouts.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

7

CrossFit Specialty Course: Rowing (Water and Erg)

This course gives participants the opportunity to spend two days maximizing skill and familiarity with rowing, an important component of many CrossFit workouts.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

13

CrossFit Online Course: Scaling

The Scaling Course reinforces the skills a CrossFit trainer will use when modifying workouts for their athletes.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

2

CrossFit Specialty Course: SPEAR™ Science of Self-Defense

A key theme to the CrossFit methodology is that it prepares us physically for the "unknown and unknowable." The SPEAR: Science of Self-Defense course bridges the gap between attaining a physical "ready state" and personal safety.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

15

CrossFit Specialty Course: Sport-Specific Application

The field, the court, and the arena are the proving grounds of sport-specific athletes. Training is an athlete's vessel to game-day performance, and an athlete will never rise to the occasion - he or she will fall to the level of training.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Online Course: Spot the Flaw

Develop the ability to analyze commonly used movements from the weightlifting, gymnastics and monostructural modalities.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

2

CrossFit Specialty Course: Striking

The Striking Course teaches participants how to increase overall fitness, core strength, and rotational speed and power by incorporating striking drills into CrossFit workouts.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Specialty Course: Strongman

This one-day course is for athletes and coaches who want become more proficient with strongman movements. The typical strongman competition consists of five events in one day, and each event is less than 60 seconds.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

6

CrossFit Specialty Course: Weightlifting

Two days are spent detailing each lift (snatch on Day 1, clean and jerk on Day 2). The focus is on participants experiencing the basic positions and learning the foundational teaching points for instructing others to achieve them.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

11

CrossFit Specialty Course: Weightlifting Level 2

The CrossFit Specialty Course: Weightlifting Level 2 builds on the fundamental principles that are explored in the CrossFit Weightlifting Specialty Course.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

14

CrossFit Curso Online: Curso de Adaptação

O Curso de Adaptação reforça as habilidades que um treinador de CrossFit irá usar quando estiver modificando treinos para seus atletas.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

2

CrossFit Curso En Linea: Curso de Escalamiento

El Curso de Escalamiento refuerza las habilidades que un(a) entrenador(a) de CrossFit utilizará al modificar los entrenamientos para sus atletas.

Type:

CrossFit Professional Development

Credits:

2

Approved Providers

The courses below are not administered by CrossFit Inc. They are third-party courses which have met the standards to offer training for the purpose of professional development and are authorized to grant CEUs for CrossFit recertification requirements.

Anatomy 1

This 8-week online course is an introduction to the anatomical basis of movement. Students will learn anthropometry applied to coaching, cellular anatomy, bone & joint anatomy, cardiac anatomy, pulmonary anatomy, anatomy of adipose, and the anatomy of balance and coordination. This is a completely online course available on any internet capacitant device.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Anatomy 2

Anatomy 2 is a directed study of the human body that builds on the concepts from Anatomy 1. Specifically the muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments relevant to exercise and fitness are considered, including practical applications of that knowledge towards understanding exercise and fitness gain. A regionalized study approach, from the ground up, is utilized. Topics include the foot and ankle, the knee, the hip, the axial skeleton and related structures, the shoulder, the elbow, and the wrist and hand.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Fitness Physiology

This is a presentation of the underpinning concepts relative to the biological functions of the body during and after acute and chronic exercise (during a training session and as a result of repeated training sessions). Topics include: Physiological Adaptation, Genetic Concepts, Redefining Health, Wellness and Fitness, Muscle Contraction, Metabolism and Diet, Bioenergetics, Muscular Adaptations to Exercise, Cardiopulmonary Function and Adaptation, and Endocrine Function and Adaptation.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Gym Yoga Instruction

Yoga can be an excellent ancillary training methodology for contributing to fitness. Its effects on range of motion, local muscular endurance, and health are well documented. In this course Yoga has been dissected down into a strictly physical presentation, specifically relevant to the fitness professions - yoga with a purely physical bent. The course lifts the veil on what yoga is and what it is not. Start developing the teaching skills that allow you to bring improved range of motion and the other benefits of yoga into your gym. This course presents an objective scientific analysis of how yoga affects fitness and health. It provides a systematic and step-by-step approach to teaching yoga that compliments and enhances a broadly based approach to fitness training.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Safety for the Gym

This course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required to recognize common gym workplace Health & Safety (US OSHA or UK HSE) issues, perform gym safety surveys, and to find and follow relevant statutory requirements and official guidance for maintaining a safe gym environment for employees and clients. The materials presented help trainers and gym owners operate in compliance with relevant regulations and limit legal exposure.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Health Screening for Personal Trainers

This course is designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge and competency to devise and implement health screening strategies within the fitness industry. It introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required to devise and implement a health screening strategy to identify individuals who may or may not participate in exercise without medical advice or supervision.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Software Applications for Personal Trainers

This online course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required to recognize use IT systems and software applications and packages effectively and responsibly to create or process a range of outputs relevant to personal trainers and gyms. Learning activities center upon several types of software applications to include search engine, word processing, data analysis, image processing, video, and web authoring applications.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

18

Teaching Strength Training & Running

Strength training and running are the two primary activities in which most customers of commercial fitness operations will participate. Over 50,000,000 people in the UK and USA will exercise by running each year and another 50,000,000 will train with weights as a primary exercise modality. This popularity underscores the importance and marketability of possessing teaching and programming skills in strength training and running. They are requisite to all exercise professions. The premise of this course is to acquire or refine a set of skills relative to teaching and programming exercise, that when employed induce the anatomical and physiological adaptations that lead to an improvement in fitness.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Teaching Endurance & Multi-Element Training

Endurance training has a broad set of applications in achieving fitness goals and in improving workplace productivity. Endurance is not just jogging, it is much more than that and improving it requires specific programming approaches but can be accomplished using many different types of exercise. The concept of using diverse exercises to induce adaptations in multiple elements of fitness is one of the most important and popular means of training available. It is imperative that a professional fitness trainer be competent in instructing, integrating, and programming many types of exercise. The premise of this course is to acquire or refine a set of skills relative to teaching and programming exercise, that when employed induce the anatomical and physiological adaptations that lead to an improvement in fitness.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

24

Business Concepts for the Gym

All commercial and community fitness practices are, at their root, businesses. As such the fitness practitioner must be familiar with the concepts of modern fitness commerce, must possess the personal and interpersonal skills requisite to any client based operation, and must have a functional knowledge of basic business skills. The overarching objective of this course is to introduce the student to the elements of effective business practice relative to the fitness industry.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Managing a Fitness Related Event

Where do you start when you want to run your first gym event? Not everyone has the luxury of having an experienced staff to help them run a competition, workshop, seminar, or any number of other events that can be hosted in your gym. The overarching objective of this course is to provide background information to establish a basic ability to plan and conduct events contributing to commercial revenue streams, providing promotional exposure, or contributing to public good.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

18

Exercise Physiology & Anatomy

This course and its companion assessment pack are designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, and the effects of designated body systems on exercise performance. It provides an understanding of the importance of the structure and function of the body, and provides underpinning knowledge for many other related courses. The overall objective of the course and assessment unit is to establish a functional understanding of the anatomical structures and physiological functions that affect, control, and adapt to exercise.

Instructor:

Lon Kilgore

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

48

Business Of Excellence Seminar

What makes a World-Class CrossFit Affiliate? In the words of Greg Glassman, it is “The blind, constant and relentless pursuit of excellence.” This one-day seminar will explore the best practices that the world’s best affiliates use everyday, and show coaches, managers, owners and prospective owners how to use these practices to create excellence in their Affiliates. Topics include: Leadership; Creating a community of integrity and excellence; Understanding relationships; Hiring, training and paying coaches; Affiliate branding vs. advertising; Affiliate organization and management.

Instructor:

Ben Bergeron

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

7

"Fuel Your Passion" Business Seminar

An introduction to basic business management, and guided application for individual gyms. Participants receive instruction on core concepts, and are given tools to adapt these strategies to reflect their training philosophy and methodology. Instead of teaching "best practices," we introduce a topic (for example, continuing education systems for coaches,) illustrate examples from other gyms (for example, CrossFit Catalyst's internship program,) provide a sample template, and ask owners to fill in their desired timeline, pay rates, curriculum etc. The goal of the course is to have gym owners consider and formalize their own strategies. Lecture time is alternated with group discussion and guided by our "Gym Owners' Playbook," which helps gym owners formalize their business plans and policies.

Instructor:

321GoProject

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Crossroads Adaptive Coaches Seminar

The seminar is a one-day intensive program designed to introduce coaches to the intricacies of working with and adapting programming for athletes with varying physical constraints. It is a hands-on workshop where facilities owners/managers, coaches and athletes will have the opportunity to work with adaptive athletes, design their own workout to accommodate an adaptive athlete, and understand assessing adaptation needs through practice. The seminar also covers best practices in communication with adaptive athletes and design and implementation of appropriate assessment protocols.

Instructor:

Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

8

Essentials of Human Movement: Assessment & Corrections

Although large amounts of education about improving clients mobility has been emphasized in recent years, identifying athletes areas of instability and ways to correct those areas with corrective exercise strategies has not. This course is designed for the strength coaches and fitness trainers to take the common dysfunctions they see in their group classes and apply a strategy to correct those dysfunctions to improve the quality of movement and be proactive in injury prevention.

Instructor:

KinetikChain

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

16

Taller de Anatomía Funcional y Análisis Biomecanico Aplicado

Dar a conocer la anatomía de todo el aparato locomotor (osteología, artrologia y miologia del miembro superior, inferior y tronco) su funcionalidad y como actúan en cada uno de los movimientos del CrossFit.

Instructor:

Fisioxpress

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Power Monkey Camp

Power Monkey Camp is a week-long training and educational clinic plus fun competition for adults of all levels, featuring some of the world’s top coaches and athletes from Gymnastics, Weightlifting, and much more. This camp is for any adult looking to improve their understanding of gymnastics, weightlifting, jumping rope, rowing, nutrition, strength/weakness imbalances, mobility, flexibility, physical therapy (prehab/rehab) and much more. Along with the in gym training, there are a variety of outside activities available; swimming in a 32-acre lake, 5-mile running trail through the woods, ropes course, etc.

Instructor:

Power Monkey Fitness

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

30

Pregnancy & Postpartum Functional Strength Course

With so much conflicting information on the internet, amongst professionals, and women themselves, this seminar will teach you to confidently train each individual client based on research, knowledge, and best-practices. The Pregnancy and Postpartum Strength Seminar teaches coaches how to modify and create programming so their clients thrive while decreasing risks of short and long-term injury. This seminar has proven to build not only confidence in coaches around the world, but also stimulate new business opportunities!

Instructor:

Colleen Flaherty and Adam Cristantello

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

7

RampUp Course

The RampUp Course is a six-week intensive mentoring program. Every week, RampUp clients will spend an hour on the phone with Chris Cooper. They'll be guided in the development of systems that will last decades, and solidify their business. Participants start with a Gym CheckUp, which is a data collection survey in which they report metrics. From there, the mentor builds a customized call progression. Each call is followed by assignments for followup, with video reviews of the material and templates where applicable. The next call follows up with accountability and planning for the next stages. When a group perspective is best, the participant has access to over 200 graduates of the program in a private group discussion. This group is frequently referred to as "the most supportive group on the internet" and also "the best thing about the program." Learning occurs one-on-one, but the behavior of the owner (and the mindset of the entrepreneur) is really shaped in the group.

Instructor:

TwoBrain Business

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

18

Spinalfit

This 8-hour seminar teaches trainers how to safely and properly exercise injured and older athletes. Topics covered include: identifying movement pattern disorders, Spinal Basics with a focus on neurology and increased proprioception, fascia and adhesions, psychology of an older athlete, and how to coach older athletes.

Instructor:

Phillip E Carlyle

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

8

Explosive Training Seminar

This seminar focuses on the 3 Pathways of Explosive Training; Jumping, Sprinting, and Lifting. Short Lectures are reinforced with application of movement for each pathway. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn the science behind Explosive Training, as well as the opportunity to learn the points of performance and cues needed to help an athlete execute the movement properly, efficiently and safely. Attendees will also learn and apply mental training techniques used to help Athletes/Coaches alike to break through mental limitations. The course closes with a detailed segments regarding programming, listening to the body, and application in sport.

Instructor:

Ryan Moody

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

5

The BIRTHFIT Coach

The BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar is a strength and conditioning seminar for those that coach and train women athletes, specifically those that are pregnant and/or postpartum. We will be discussing breathing and the origins of functional movement as it relates to the human body. We will discuss pregnancy, birth, and postpartum processes in the body-physical and non-physical. We will dive deep into movement recommendations and programming per trimester and first year postpartum. And, we will even get into how certain movements can enhance labor and delivery at certain stages. We will explore mindset and emotions tools so that the coach truly knows how to support and enhance a woman's overall wellbeing during this magnificent rite of passage. We love educating and empowering women in movement and lifestyle.

Instructor:

BIRTHFIT

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

12

Be Your Own Bodyguard

The ability to protect yourself or a loved one is inarguably, the single greatest skill you could possess. Learning self-defense can be simple when you use instinctive movement and natural bio-mechanics. Coach Blauer hacked the self-defense process by studying the body's natural responses to danger and then reverse engineering a protective system. He studied the startle-flinch response and figured out how to convert it into a protective counter. This reflex is hard-wired in all of us and non-perishable. The program called SPEAR System has been taught to law enforcement and military for years and is now available to citizens. The Be Your Own Bodyguard program will enhance your personal safety by improving your situational awareness, equipping you with verbal de-escalation skills and teaching you simple, practical self-defense skills that'll make you safer in a day!

Instructor:

Blauer Tactical Systems

Type:

General Professional Development

Credits:

7

Mental Strength Coaching Certificate Program

The intent of the Mental Strength Coaching Certificate Program is to provide personal fitness trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and coaches the tools necessary to help them get the most out of their clients. This training is designed for coaches and trainers who want to: Work more effectively with peak performers and teach them the mental skills to enhance their performance; Uncover mental obstacles, develop strategies to overcome them and to instill confidence, focus, and composure in the individuals they coach; Utilize mental strength coaching with their clients to help them triumph over mental obstacles that have been holding them back; Supplement their studies with proven mental strength strategies and an effective mental strength training system.

Instructor:

Warrior Mind Coach

Type:

Individualized Professional Development

Credits:

10

CEU Approval Request Form

It is possible to receive credit for a course or activity that is not listed under Approved Providers. The course or activity must meet CrossFit's standards for CPD activities and all approvals are made on a case-by-case basis. There is a nonrefundable US$25 administrative fee to submit this request.

Requests can be made before or after the course or activity is completed; however, submitting a request is not a guarantee of approval. It is recommended that a request be submitted prior to enrolling in a course to determine if it will count toward maintaining the CCFT credential. Remember, all Individualized Professional Development activities require pre-approval.