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.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificates

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

Language

The default language for this course is English. Any courses with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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

Price

US $349 or equivalent for courses in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

Email seminars@crossfit.com for discounts for active duty or retired military personnel and first responders.

Support

sme@crossfit.com

Reading Materials

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

What to Bring

  • Printed version 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.

CONTACT

Requirements

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.

Schedule

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

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

    9:00
    Introduction, common impairments and adaptive definitions
    9:30
    Workout #1: Completed with a simulated impairment
    10:30
    Principles of adaptive training
    11:00
    Adaptive movement strategies (upper-extremity impairments)
    11:30
    Adaptive movement strategies (lower-extremity impairments)
    12:00
    Lunch Break
    1:00
    Adaptive movement strategies (seated athlete)
    2:00
    Role of the trainer
    2:30
    Adaptive programming
    3:30
    Workout #2: Programming and class management focus
    4:30
    Training-plan development and implementation
    5:00
    Closing remarks, Q&A