WHAT DOES CCFT – L3 MEAN AND WHY DO IT?
The Certified CrossFit Trainer L3 exam is the third evolution in the possible four major certifications run by CrossFit, with the 4th level currently reserved for seminar staff. Alongside these 4 levels, CrossFit also runs a myriad of other certifications, from gymnastics, weightlifting, kettlebells, endurance, kids, masters, rowing, SPEAR, and many more.
The Level 3 exam is simply that, just an exam. It consists of 160 questions across a 4 hour time slot. These questions cover the entirety of all the courses that CrossFit covers as well as lectures and journal articles that they have produced or recognise. The pass rate for the exam is extremely low and you need to achieve 80% + in order to gain the L3 certification.
The exam is tough for a few reasons; 1) it has no practice papers or example questions so you are unsure and unable to practice exam technique for it, 2) There is no set syllabus, you are given a rough outline of the potential topics that may arise and then are given access to a huge database of lectures and journal articles covering the massive array of health and fitness, 3) there is no support or lead learning, everything is self-taught, and 4) if you fail the exam, you get little to no feedback to help you realise where you should focus more. This seems harsh, but it is very successful at selecting and screening for dedicated coaches.
There is a minimum number of coaching hours that you need to provide proof for, as well as have completed some previous qualifications in order to take the exam, and CrossFit states that the best way to prepare for the L3 is years of coaching. I agree with this and in order to pass, you need to be a coach that has been coaching for a few years, but also has been proactively and aggressively seeking to learn and improve both their knowledge base as well as their practical coaching skills.
By having an exam only, with very little guidance and such a broad spectrum of material, it naturally finds those coaches who are truly dedicated to their craft and who, without being lead or forced, have actively been honing their skills and learning as much as they physically can.
It is because of these reasons that there are so very few successful coaches with a L3 certificate (compared to L1 and L2) and if you find one you know that they are in it for the right reasons, they are proactive, humble, thirsty for knowledge and self-improvement, genuinely care about providing the best service to their athletes and are all around fitness Jedi’s!
To quickly give you an idea of what categories you need to have in depth and practical knowledge about in the L3, the following are broad topics that are covered, (from pro’s, to beginners, to diseased, to masters); nutrition and diet, anatomy, programming, scaling, metabolic diseases, blood markers, running, rowing, weightlifting, power lifting, kettle bells, gymnastics, rehab, joint mechanics, professional standards, health and safety, athlete assessment … and I think there’s more. These are then broken down further and applied to all types of athletes (skill, ability and age).
As you can see, the knowledge base for the exam is so broad and in depth that it takes real effort over years to amass this experience and this is why the L3 is such a separator.
I am glad that I took the exam (there was never any doubt that I wouldn’t after achieving my L1 all those years ago) and believe that it truly distinguishes myself and other L3’s from other coaches by showing, above anything else, that we are committed to this journey and our athletes, and we want to take it as far as we can go. The L3 alone doesn’t necessarily make you a great coach, but what it means is that you have shown true dedication and motivation to be the best coach you can be and realise that you never stop learning and you strive to be better everyday.
I wish I could share more, however CrossFit make you sign a non-disclosure agreement when you take the exam! It was definitely thorough. There were moments during the test that I felt excited not just at the prospect of passing the test but that this test existed. I was excited to be challenged. I was excited mostly because I was confident that in that moment, there wasn’t another certifying body with a test so important and inclusive in the fitness industry as this one.
I hope you all have the chance to attempt your Level 3, not because I passed it but because I’m confident that the new organization of CrossFit’s trainer certification is the best available on the scale in which CrossFit operates.
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The location will be Brookeville Beer Farm, just passed Olney (25 minutes from the gym).
We plan to meet around 1pm, but please come later if necessary! There is a restaurant, bar and outdoor area.
Weather permitting, we can gather outside and bring various outdoor activities (i.e. spikeball, cornhole) to enhance the fun!
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Back Squat (4 sets of 3 reps)
Every 2:30 for 4 rounds complete:
3 Back squats at 90%
Start your first set at 90% and stay there for all 4 sets
20 Dumbbell Squat Cleans
10 Handstand Push Ups
16 Dumbbell Squat Cleans
8 Handstand Push Ups
12 Dumbbell Squat Cleans
6 Handstand Push UpsRx+ - 70/50, 45# plate Deficit HSPU
Rx - 50/35
Sc - as needed.
There is a 600m mark. For reference, the turnaround point is the last driveway before the 800m turnaround.