Rookie Trainer Jeremy Hill has taken the reigns for the morning classes at CrossFit Basic. After shadowing more experienced trainers for the last few months, the 25-year-old has taken the responsibility of leading clients through a structured warmup, workout of the day, and a cool-down.
Witnesses say Hill began each class by reading dryly from the whiteboard, and then giving belabored verbal descriptions of each of the movements involved in the workout. Next, Hill would instruct the athletes to execute the warmup, crossing is arms and monitoring their progress with silent assessment.
“Hill does a really good job of crossing his arms and quietly observing the class, or his phone,” One witness said. “When he starts the clock, or says ‘Let’s go!’ to no one in particular, I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.”
In addition to his CrossFit L1 Certificate, Hill is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
“Because Hill has NASM and NSCA credentials in addition to his CF-L1, he is exceptionally qualified to talk about movement mechanics and periodization,” said Ross Croft, owner of the gym. “Our clients really value knowing that the trainer offering generic encouragement from a distance has so many letters behind his name.”
During the interview, which was conducted in during the 11 AM class Jones was leading, Jones made it clear that far too many CrossFit coaches lack his technical expertise. “Most coaches can’t even explain what the sagittal plane of movement is,” Jones said between sips of coffee. After yelling “Nice pace!” in the direction of a pile of medicine balls, he turned his attention back to his Instagram feed.
When asked if Hill ever offers corrections to individual athlete movements, he shrugged ambivalently. “Sometimes I give long-winded speeches at the start of the class about how the movement should look, and all the things that can go wrong with it,” Hill explained. “I think that pretty much covers the correcting part of my job.”