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. Participants learn how to assess the training needs of masters athletes, whether they’re training for wellness or competition, and adapt the CrossFit program accordingly. The effects of aging are explained in detail, with a view to understanding the difference between sedentary aging, which leads to a myriad of negative life outcomes, and active aging, which can be associated with greater longevity and quality of life.

Masters athletes are an ever-growing part of the CrossFit community and can be challenging to coach, particularly for the trainer with limited experience with older athletes. This course presents a practical method for applying the CrossFit methodology to a masters athlete and takes into account how age, fitness, injury state and competitive orientation interact to create different coaching challenges and scenarios. Masters competition is becoming increasingly popular, and regardless of whether the participant is an athlete or the coach of an athlete, the course provides essential information for understanding the demands of masters competition and how to program and train for optimal performance while minimizing age-related risks. Participants should come prepared to participate in lectures, small-group training sessions and workouts. Peers and instructors provide coaching, evaluation and feedback in interactive lectures and group work.

Learning objectives

The Masters Course teaches participants to:

  1. Assess and coach a masters athlete, taking into consideration the interaction of age, fitness, competitive orientation and injury factors.
  2. Understand the effects of aging--specifically the difference between sedentary and active aging and the impact of each on life outcomes.
  3. Understand the risk factors of aging in a CrossFit context and how to mitigate them.
  4. Understand the masters mindset and the associated impact on training effectiveness.
  5. Implement a tailored masters program within an affiliate employing different strategies.
  6. Program effectively for the masters athlete irrespective of whether the athlete has a wellness or competition focus.
  7. Prepare for masters competition at any level from recreational to elite.
  8. Adapt the CrossFit program for typical masters scenarios using effective scaling and substitution strategies.

Prerequisites

  • The following are recommended but not required:
    1. CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate (CF-L1).
    2. CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course (CF-L2).
    3. Online Scaling Course.

Certificates

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

Language

The default language for the Masters Course is English. In some countries, 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 Credits (CEUs)

Upon successful completion of this course, a Certified CrossFit Trainer may claim 14 CEUs toward his or her continuing education.

Price

Course: US​ $1,​000 or equivalent for courses in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom ​​if registered 14 ​days ​or more​ prior to the course date. US $1,​200 or equivalent for courses in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom ​if registered​ within 14 ​days of the course ​start date​.​

CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

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

Support

sme@crossfit.com

Reading Materials

Links to the Masters Training Manual provided in confirmation emails upon course registration.

What to Bring

  • Printed version of the registration receipt
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Masters Training Manual (sent with course confirmation emails) with pen/pencil.
  • 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.

Requirements

To receive a Masters Trainer Certificate, one must:

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

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

Schedule

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

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

    9:00
    Opening remarks
    9:10
    Intro: Understanding the Masters Athlete
    9:50
    Break
    9:55
    The Effects of Aging: Dispelling the Myths
    10:35
    Practical Exercise: Assessing Masters Athletes
    11:15
    Break
    11:25
    Coaching Recommendations for Masters Athletes
    12:15
    Lunch
    1:15
    Implementing an Effective Masters Program
    1:45
    Example Class: Hero WOD 55+ Scaling
    2:45
    Example Class: Debrief
    3:00
    Break
    3:10
    Mindset: Understanding the Masters Mind
    3:55
    Practical Exercise: Deconditioned Coaching Scenario
    4:50
    Closing Remarks

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

9:00
Opening remarks
9:10
Masters Programming for Wellness
9:55
Break
10:00
Practical Exercise: Wellness Programming Analysis
10:40
Masters Programming for Competition
11:20
Break
11:30
Practical Exercise: Competitor Coaching Scenario
12:15
Lunch
1:15
Masters Progressions
1:30
Practical Exercise: Competitor Programming Analysis
2:00
Break
2:05
Example Class: Masters Games Workout 55+
3:05
Example Class: Debrief
3:15
Break
3:20
Practical Exercise: Scaling & Substitution Template
4:00
Case Study: The Story of Michael
4:30
Question & Answer
4:50
Closing Remarks