Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

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A great many thanks to everyone who helped John “study” last Saturday morning (see photo above). On his first attempt, he passed CrossFit’s Level 2 Instructor/Trainer course with flying colors! This course is notoriously difficult and carries a fail rate near 80 percent. Of the 15 people in his group, three passed, including John.

Within the worldwide CrossFit community, there are approximately 1500 affiliates and literally, thousands of certified Level 1 Instructors. There are, however, less than 200 certified Level 2 Instructors (there is no third level). Yesterday’s result put John in elite company within the coaching tier of our community at large.

Congratulations, Coach.

for time:
swing @ 70/55-lbs.
weighted pull-up @ 45/30-lbs.
turkish get-up @ 70/55-lbs.


  1. operationyetifit | June 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Nice job John!

  2. ashacooper | June 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations, John!

  3. coach | June 18, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I do not think that the above blurb is quite enough. I have been a little busy tonight with my brother’s graduation and wanted to say a few more things about John’s performance today, before catching some zzz’s.

    John’s exam was a three-hour, grueling practical—he had to teach to a group of (eight) strangers three of the nine foundational movements (his were: overhead squat, push press, and medicine ball clean). He was alloted a ten-minute period for the task of making each and every person in his group as proficient as possible in each movement. John was evaluated on six criteria: teaching the movement, seeing the movement, correcting the movement, presence and attitude, managing a small group, and demonstration of the movement.

    Yesterday (the day before the exam), the seminar instructors broke it down to the nitty-gritty in a “shock and awe” kind of way, and consequently did a number on John’s confidence. I am proud that he rallied himself to perform at a high level today (we all knew he could do it). I only wish I was there to cheer him on during the test!

    There is a great difference between knowing movement and then being able to effectively communicate/teach it in the group environment. John showed us today that he really is the “cream of the crop” when it comes to coaches. I can’t say it enough—I couldn’t be more proud of him or thankful that he is my coach.


  4. capitalpressure | June 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

    swings and turkish get-ups at 50lbs
    pull-ups at 35lbs.
    My overall time was 52:26
    This was a tough wod. Mike and Neil, how did you guys do?

    • NoTranslationRequired | June 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

      it was LONG!

  5. coach | June 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Michelle C.: 31:32 (35-lb. swing, 15-lb. tgu; sub: 2x bodyrow)
    Neil A.: 42:45 (55-lb. tgu; sub: strict pull-up)
    Mike S.: 39:32 (35-lb. tgu; sub: pull-up)
    John S.: 43:24 (15-lb. wtd pull-up, 55-lb. tgu)
    Jessica H.: 59:04, clock malfunction (35-lb. swing, 20-lb. tgu; sub: assisted pull-up)
    Amy D.: 39:45 (45-lb. swing, 30-lb. tgu; sub: assisted pull-up)
    Cari D.: 41:35 (20-lb. tgu; sub: assisted pull-up)
    Jen M.: 30:49 (35-lb. swing, 15-lb. tgu; sub: assisted pull-up)
    Jenn J.: 41:41 (45-lb. swing, 20-lb. tgu; sub: assisted pull-up)

  6. coach | June 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the well-wishes and congratulations, everybody.

    I’m glad I was able to represent MPH well.


  7. train2live | June 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm


    Congratulations!!! You are awesome my firend!! I wish I could have been there to help cheer you on or at least help you study. I am hopefully that my road warrior days are coming to a close. See you next week.

    I am honored to call you my coach.


  8. operationyetifit | June 22, 2009 at 9:33 am

    This work out rocked me

    36.31 (sub: 25 lb turkish getup; assisted pull up on #6 (28 lb assist))

    afterwords I ate icecream….


  9. Ted | June 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    John- I saw this late – but congratulations. I don’t care what they say, you are both Level III to me!


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