There are so many people out there claiming to be “Subject Matter Experts” in their respective fields. For me, I generally rely on close friends (whose opinions I trust), or a “proven” track record, to tell me when to listen to these “Experts”.
Two certifications that I have recently heard are beyond worth it are the “CrossFit Football” certification, and the locally-held JumpNRope Seminars, hosted by Molly Metz. Molly’s certifications teach not only safe and efficient ways to jump rope, but for the typical CrossFitter, she basically transforms one’s abilities to make double-unders become second-nature! Through simple cues and great drills, I’ve not met a single person who has NOT walked away from her events with unparalleled confidence in their ability to fly through doubles in workouts.
We all know that before we know it, “Triple-Unders” will be introduced into CF too, right? Stop fooling yourself if you don’t think so.
The purpose of this “Thought of the Day” post is to invoke some thought as to the true benefit of these additional certifications. Do you think that ONLY coaches should pay money to learn more from experts? Or, as an athlete, does it also make sense to expand your own horizons and visit some of these events first-hand?
Personally, I think any athlete interested in improving their athletic performance, the safety and efficiency of their movements, and their knowledge of sport in general, should make the investment to continually learn and grow! I love walking into a certification and hearing that people are there for a variety of reasons! As a coach, I’ve learned so much from friends who went away for a weekend, and came back with a wealth of new knowledge. For me, hanging out after a class, or over a beer on the weekend in order to learn a few new tricks, is always a ton of fun. Learn and share the things you learn, because for me, I always love giving other people tips and tricks on how to be even better!