CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training

The CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training is an interactive single-day course designed to teach trainers and athletes how to make CrossFit accessible to impaired athletes. Participants will learn how to train athletes with a wide range of impairments, from non-permanent (trauma, injury or illness) to permanent (congenital disorders, combat trauma, automobile accidents, etc.).

Through lecture and hands-on practical sessions, participants will learn about adaptive training theory and methods, as well as specific strategies for adapting individual movements and entire workouts. Participants will learn how to develop a single-day class plan (including warm-ups, progressions and cool-downs), practice programming multiple training days, and develop a long-term training plan for impaired athletes (from temporarily impaired to permanently adaptive).

Attendees will receive access to additional training resources and education, and the seminar staff and adaptive community will provide ongoing support.

* This course will focus on physical impairments and their subsequent limitations. Intellectual, developmental, and psychosocial impairments will be discussed but training methods will not be practiced.

Learning objectives

The Adaptive Training Course teaches participants how to:

  1. Apply adaptive training principles and methods.
  2. Identify the most common physical impairments and understand the possible impact on training and task accomplishment.
  3. Understand the role the trainer has in a temporarily impaired athlete’s recovery process and a permanently adaptive athlete’s development.
  4. Practice adapting CrossFit movements for the most common impairments and physical limitations.
  5. Program for temporarily impaired and permanently adaptive athletes using CrossFit methodology.
  6. Plan a training session and program multiple days using adaptive training principles, then experience a class as an adaptive athlete (simulated upper-body impairment, lower-body impairment and seated athlete).
  7. Develop class-management strategies to provide an inclusive training environment.
  8. Conduct athlete onboarding and develop a training plan for permanently adaptive athletes. Or, as an adaptive athlete, learn how to develop a plan with a training team.
  9. Onboard or retain athletes who have suffered a temporary impairment (trauma or illness) and keep them training during and after recovery.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Sent electronically 1-2 weeks after course completion to the email address used for registration.


The default language for this course is English. In some countries, a translator is provided. If a translator is provided, lecture and small-group practical sessions are translated in real time. Courses with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link. Generally, translators are used in Latin America and some countries in Europe and Asia.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon successful completion of this course, a Certified CrossFit Trainer may claim seven CEUs toward continuing education.


Currency Course Price**
USD $349
CAD $470
AUD $430
GBP £265

** CrossFit reserves the right to update pricing at any time. Pricing is applicable at the time course registration is opened. Applicable local taxes are additional.

CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

Email for discounts for active duty or retired military personnel (upon 20 years of service or permanent medical retirement) and first responders.


Reading Materials

A link to the Adaptive Training Guide provided in confirmation emails upon course registration.

What to Bring

  • Printed copy of the registration receipt.
  • Government-issued photo ID.
  • Seminar Guide (sent with course confirmation emails) for use in practical sessions and for notes.
  • Suitable clothes for working out.
  • Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off site during the lunch break.



To receive an Adaptive Training Certificate, one must:

  • Hold a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate (or higher).
  • Attend and participate in all parts of the Adaptive Training Specialty Course.

If you do not meet these requirements, you are issued a Certificate of Attendance.


Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Day 1 to check in.

(9a.m. - 5:30p.m.)

    Opening Remarks and Participant Introductions
    Adaptive Definitions and Language
    Workout #1: Completed With a Simulated Impairment
    Workout Debrief: Lessons Learned
    Principles of Adaptive Training
    Adaptive Equipment
    Training Considerations and Movement Adaptations Intro
    Training Considerations and Movement Adaptations for Upper Extremity Impairments
    Training Considerations and Movement Adaptations for Lower Extremity Impairments
    Upper and Lower Extremity Movement Breakout
    Training Considerations and Movement Adaptations for Seated Athletes
    Seated Athlete Movement Breakout
    Athlete Onboarding and Program Implementation
    Workout #2: Seated Barbell Snatch Technique
    Closing Remarks