FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
#1: Is there a pre-requisite to attend this course?
Yes, you must have successfully passed the Tactical Athlete Basic Kettlebell Trainer Course or the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainers Course (Level-1). If your Kettlebell Trainers Course certificate was earned prior to 2011, we strongly recommend re-taking it again at a 50% discount off tuition.
#2: As a Kettlebell coach, how will the Advanced course benefit me?
“Advanced Kettlebell Trainer Course” is a 2-day comprehensive course that reinforces and builds upon the principles taught in the Basic Kettlebell Trainer Course. The teaching methods and progressions from the Basic course will be analyzed and refined. In addition, you will learn more essential and effective kettlebell exercises (to include kettlebell sport technique) that will round out your training arsenal and enhance your strength, power, athleticism, explosiveness, and work capacity. General and specific physical preparation for kettlebell sport will be addressed, focusing on optimizing technique (virtuosity) and maximizing results.
#3: Is there a written test?
No, this course is strictly performance based.
#4: Is there an Instructor Assessment Test?
Yes, on Saturday morning, the students will teach 1 or more of the 20 foundational kettlebell exercises from the Basic Kettlebell Trainer Course curriculum. We suggest you review your Basic Course notes in regards to the teaching progressions, correcting common errors, and the lesson on how to teach motor skills.
#5: Is there a snatch test?
Yes, on Sunday afternoon.
Men: Snatch one 20 kg x 30/30 (150 lbs +), 16 kg x 30/30 (<150 lbs and/or over 55 years of age)
Women: Snatch one 12 kg x 25/25 (120 lbs +), 8 kg x 25/25 (<120 lbs and/or over 55 years of age)
*Only one hand switch is allowed.
#6: What course materials, if any, come with this course?
- Each participant will receive a free PDF version of the “Advanced Kettlebell Manual”.
- Kettlebell Rx: The Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches is needed and can be purchased in advance HERE
#7: What is the sequence of events for this weekend?
- 0830 – 0900 Registration
- 0900 – 1100 Instructor Teach Assessment Test
- 1100 – 1200 Instruction and Practice
- 1200 – 1300 Lunch
- 1300 – 1630 Instruction, Practice & Program Design
- 1630 – 1700 Q & A, Class Photo
- 0830 – 1200 Review, Instruction & Practice
- 1200 – 1300 Lunch
- 1300 – 1500 Instruction, Practice & Review
- 1500 – 1600 Performance Test
- 1600 – 1630 Snatch Test
- 1630 – 1700 Conclusion
#8: What techniques will be covered over the weekend?
- Detailed review of the 20 foundational kettlebell exercises from Basic Kettlebell Trainer Course.
- Wall Ball Substitute
- Wind Mill
- Side Press
- Bent Press
- Dead Lift variations
- Classic (Competition) Kettlebell Lifts
- Long Cycle
- Assistance and special endurance exercises
- Sport specific flexibility
- Program Design
#9: What are the course requirements?
The requirements for this course are stringent, primarily for your protection and the safety of those you train. They are:
- Attendance 100%
- Participation 100%
- Pass all criteria on the Instructor Assessment Test
- Pass all skills on Performance Test
- Pass Snatch Test
Due to the importance of the material presented in this course, there will be no exceptions to the above criteria.
If, for any reason, you do not fulfill all the above requirements, you will be permitted to attend another course of the same level for completion at half price. All required criteria must be met before Instructor Certificates are issued. Otherwise a certificate of attendance will be issued.
Note: If you are NOT planning on teaching others, you may choose to forego testing. You will be issued a certificate of attendance, instead of an instructor certificate.
#10: What happens if I fail the performance test?
The student is graded on a pass/fail basis on their ability to correctly perform the physical techniques. The demonstrated techniques are done at the appropriate speed and amount of weight with the emphasis on precise form. This evaluation is conducted on the last day of the course. Students will test one at a time or as a group and will perform the exercises called out by the instructor. If a student fails to perform an exercise to standard, the instructor will note it and continue the evaluation. At the end of the evaluation, the student will be informed on which exercise(s) failed to meet the standard. If time allows, the instructor may offer remedial training, and the student may receive the opportunity to retest. The retest consists of only the exercises that were identified, not the entire list of exercises. If the student corrects the technical deficiencies, then he will receive a passing score. If he fails the retest, he will not receive an Instructor Certificate.
#11: What happens if I fail to meet the standard during the retest?
You will be required to submit a videotape of yourself correctly demonstrating the identified techniques within two months after the date of your Course. Upon review of the video, the Chief Instructors will either issue your Instructor Course certificate or suggest that you to retake the course.
#12: When will I receive my certificate?
You will receive your certificate at the completion of the seminar.