Tonight we have a special blog from Cheryl about her L1 CrossFit certification experience. So proud of her!! Look out for her shadow coaching & eventually heading CrossFit Silver (now it’s real Cheryl..no going back!)
My Two Days with Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet
On March 8 & 9, I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Training seminar at Crossfit Monrovia. Imagine my
surprise when the first person I saw was Camille! She is a Level 1 Seminar Staff trainer, and was
joined by Stephane Rochet, Cameron Soden, Connor Martin (THE first CF Kid), Nick Thomlison, Dustin
Virgil, and two interns, Landon and Maddy. They are all elite level CF athletes, and some are CrossFit
franchise owners as well. Each of these instructors was engaging, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very
approachable. In fact, I had the chance to chat with Camille about how she was able to push through her
14.2 duel with Talyana Fortunato while being so ill, and also her nutrition regimen (lots of meat & sweet
Here’s a brief rundown of the two days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• What is CrossFit
• What is Fitness
• Foundational Movements: Explanation, demonstration, and practice of the mechanics with PVC
pipe of Squat / Front Squat / Overhead Squat and Shoulder Press / Push Press / Push Jerk
• Technique for Fitness
• Workout: We were anticipating Fran, as we had just practiced thrusters and pull-ups, but we
ended up doing 3 Rounds For Time of thrusters & burpees (foreshadowing of 14.5?)
• Foundational movements: Explanation, demonstration, and practice of mechanics with PVC pipe
and Med Ball of Deadlift / Sumo Deadlift High Pull / Med Ball Clean
• Workout: AMRAP 8, 8 push-ups /10 Med Ball Cleans/12 sit-ups – We partnered up for this
workout, one athlete doing the workout, and the other one coaching and providing cues for correcting
faults. The trainers observed and helped with form corrections and specific prompts to use in
• More movements: Glute Ham Developer – Explanation and demo only and Kipping Pull-Up /
Snatch / Muscle-up: Explanation, demonstration, and practice
• Programming for Workouts
• Exam: 1 hour for 55 multiple choice questions
The lectures were 45 minutes to 1 hour each, interspersed with movement demonstrations and hands-
on practice. After each movement demo, the 60 attendees were split into groups of ten, each with two
instructors. This portion of the seminar was especially valuable not only to practice the movements, and
receive form corrections, but also to learn to spot faults as well as the cues for correcting the faults.
I highly recommend this Level 1 seminar for any of you who have a passion for sharing your knowledge
and love for CrossFit. You’ll get a complete understanding of CF’s aim (broad, general and inclusive
fitness to prepare for the unknown and unknowable), the CF Rx (constantly varied, high intensity,
functional movement) and closest to my heart as a mature athlete, the knowledge that CF IS for
everyone, and regardless of the level of fitness or age, that our needs “differ by degree, not kind.”
The two days were jam-packed with information, but the time flew by. If there is anything I’d like to see
more of, it’s definitely the coaching segment, to learn more of the verbal and physical cues to use. Along
the same lines, and perhaps a topic for a course of its own, I would like to learn more about the scales,
modifications and concerns for the more mature audience, whether sedentary or active.
If you decide to take the seminar, make sure to read the training guide beforehand and sit in on Dan &
Jamie’s Fundamentals class “lectures,” which are great reviews of the basic CF ideals.
Thank you to Dan, Jamie, Lexie, Marcos and Trent for being great coaches, for sharing your wealth of
knowledge and for encouraging me to take the seminar. The learning’s just beginning!
P.S. I passed the test!