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Curious as to what you think about this quote?


"The CrossFit L1 seminar is the only internationally accredited fitness course, and it is accredited through ANSI, which is a higher standard than the NCAA, which accredits, for example, the NSCA. The course is two days long, and requires passing a test. This is identical to every other fitness industry qualification, except those that are test-only. The L1 also has hours of practical instruction on teaching, seeing, and correcting basic movement. I know of no other industry accredited course that offers this. Most other courses put more emphasis on anatomy and physiology, which is interesting, and probably the least important area of knowledge necessary for being an effective coach. The NSCA’s CSCS requires a degree of course, but this could be in anything… including women’s studies or religion.


The L1 is an entry-level course, and we specifically tell participants to continue their education if they plan to coach others. It is also important to note that you do not need ANY qualification of ANY type to being training others. CrossFit is offering a course where none is required, and it is being criticized blindly for not being good enough when it meets or surpasses the quality of every other credential offered in the fitness industry."

- Russell Berger

My inclination is to say that Mr. Berger spends a lot of time battling about CrossFit and is adept at his craft. It is true that most certs do not have educational prerequisites which is why I advocate looking for them in addition to certs. I can't speak to ANSI vs NCCA. In Canada the "gold standard" is certification through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) which has two certification paths. The CPT (certified personal trainer) designation requires a two year diploma in the exercise science field in addition to passing a written and practical exam. The CEP (certified exercise physiologist) designation requires a minimum of four years to get a kinesiology degree that has to cover specific elements, thus it can't be just a bachelor of arts in kinesiology, but an actual kinesiology focus to ensure core competencies before sitting the exams.

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It appears the current statistics show CrossFit as one of the safest sporting/exercise actives:


“Studies conducted on athletes in different sports have found that there are about 10 injuries for every 1,000 hours of run training. There are 5.4 injuries per 1,000 hours of triathlon training, but that number spikes to 17.4 injuries per 1,000 hours of triathlon competition. There are between 6.2-7.9 injuries per 1,000 hours of USMC Officer Candidate School training, and 3.9 per 1,000 hours of just regular physical training. But in CrossFit there are only between 2.4-3.1 injuries per 1,000 hours.”

- Dr. Walker Poston, Deputy Director and Senior Principal Investigator for the Institute of Biobehavioral Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes

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