CrossFit Specialty Course: Masters

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The purpose of this course is to learn specific methods for teaching CrossFit to adults 40 years of age and beyond. Participants learn how to assess the training needs of masters athletes, whether they’re training for wellness or competition, and adapt the CrossFit program accordingly. The effects of aging are explained in detail, with a view to understanding the difference between sedentary aging, which leads to a myriad of negative life outcomes, and active aging, which can be associated with greater longevity and quality of life.

Masters athletes are an ever-growing part of the CrossFit community and can be challenging to coach, particularly for the trainer with limited experience with older athletes. This course presents a practical method for applying the CrossFit methodology to a masters athlete and takes into account how age, fitness, injury state and competitive orientation interact to create different coaching challenges and scenarios. Masters competition is becoming increasingly popular, and regardless of whether the participant is an athlete or the coach of an athlete, the course provides essential information for understanding the demands of masters competition and how to program and train for optimal performance while minimizing age-related risks. Participants should come prepared to participate in lectures, small-group training sessions and workouts. Peers and instructors provide coaching, evaluation and feedback in interactive lectures and group work.


The Masters Course teaches participants to:

  1. Assess and coach a masters athlete, taking into consideration the interaction of age, fitness, competitive orientation and injury factors.
  2. Understand the effects of aging–specifically the difference between sedentary and active aging and the impact of each on life outcomes.
  3. Understand the risk factors of aging in a CrossFit context and how to mitigate them.
  4. Understand the masters mindset and the associated impact on training effectiveness.
  5. Implement a tailored masters program within an affiliate employing different strategies.
  6. Program effectively for the masters athlete irrespective of whether the athlete has a wellness or competition focus.
  7. Prepare for masters competition at any level from recreational to elite.
  8. Adapt the CrossFit program for typical masters scenarios using effective scaling and substitution strategies.


  • The following are recommended but not required:
    1. CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate (CF-L1).
    2. CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course (CF-L2).
    3. Online Scaling Course.


Sent electronically 1-2 weeks after course completion to the email address used for registration.