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 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 a trainer with limited experience working with older athletes. This course presents practical ways to apply the CrossFit methodology to masters athletes and takes into account how age, fitness, goals and injury state interact to create different coaching challenges and scenarios. The course provides essential information for understanding how to program and deliver training for significantly deconditioned masters athletes while minimizing age-related risks. Participants should come prepared to participate in lectures, small-group training sessions and practical exercises. 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 masters athletes, taking into consideration the interaction of age, fitness, goals and injury factors.
  2. Understand the effects of aging, specifically the differences between sedentary and active aging and the impact these lifestyles have 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 while employing different strategies.
  6. Program effectively for masters athletes while maintaining a particular focus on the deconditioned client seeking to improve wellness and health.
  7. Adapt the CrossFit program for typical masters scenarios using effective scaling and substitution strategies.


  • 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.


Sent electronically to the email address used for registration one to two weeks after course completion.


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 seven CEUs toward his or her continuing education.


Currency Course Price*
USD $595
CAD $800
AUD $735
GBP £455

* 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

CrossFit Specialty Course: Masters Training Guide

What to Bring

  • Government-issued photo ID;
  • Masters Training Guide with pen/pencil;
  • Suitable clothes for working out; and
  • Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off site during the lunch break.


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.



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

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

    Opening Remarks
    Understanding the Masters Athlete
    Practical Exercise: Assessing Masters Athletes
    Effects of Aging & Risk Factors
    Practical Exercise - Adapting the Program
    Implementing a Masters Program
    Mindset: Understanding the Masters Mind
    Practical Exercise: The Deconditioned Athlete
    Masters Programming for Wellness
    Practical Exercise: Programming & Class Planning
    Case Study: The Story of Michael
    Closing Remarks