Affiliate owner Dr. Dave Whitty tackled the Level 2 Certification three times—and finally passed it. Now he wants to help you prepare.
Passing the Level 2 Certification is a lot like learning a muscle-up—you’ve tried without success, but now you’re determined to succeed.
When you were learning the muscle-up, you read, studied videos on CrossFit.com, asked your trainer at the gym for tips, watched your fellow CrossFitters, and picked their brains. Then you practised and practised and practised. Your wrists were so raw that your spouse and co-workers were worried that you had a self-mutilation problem.
So what did you do? You kept working on it, and eventually you knocked it out of the park.
Most folks have heard how hard the test is and how the pass rate is very low on the first attempt. So why and how do you prepare? Well, all I can tell you is that I looked at Level 2 just like I did muscle-ups: just keep working at it.
I went in with a lot of confidence, having never failed at anything. I thought I was prepared. As a chiropractor, I look at movement all the time. I understand biomechanics and have been accustomed to assessing movement through video analysis of running and golf swings. I’d been a personal trainer while in university, taught swimming and skiing, and lectured to large and small groups including trainers. I thought I knew my stuff.
Well, I was surprised again. My body felt just like it did after my first workout with a CrossFit trainer. I learned the hard way what it would take to get to the next level.
The article also contains the Good Doctor’s Advice (11 tips for succeeding), and a sidebar interview with Nicole Carroll with her suggestions from HQ.