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Mike ODonnell
02-17-2007, 06:58 AM
What seminars/certs would people say are worth the money and why? Please be very specific. I mean besides "it's fun and you learn so much". If I am going to shell out $500+ for anything it better be over and above anything that I can already read from a book or video. I am not coming from a beginning point of view either, this is for people who already have a base knowledge about fitness and want to continue the learning process.

I already have my general ideas but would like to hear from others. Pros and Cons welcome, but lets keep it to a technical discussion please about the content provided during a seminar/cert and not based on personal feeling towards someone.

Robb Wolf
02-17-2007, 09:54 AM
I'd have to say ANY of Poliquins stuff. Pricey but Ido has nothing but good to say about them. High standards and they give nothing away.

CHECK looks pretty good also. Some kooky stuff but that guy knows his back stability.

Robert McBee
02-17-2007, 09:56 AM
Coach Burgener's O-lifting seminar was $100 for all day but was worth infinitely more relative to my own training, likes, goals etc. I think you could probably take this seminar repeatedly and always find details to learn and improve on. I say this based solely on the information content but it had the added bonus of leaving me, personally, a huge Coach B fan. Just a terrific guy.

If Jenna Jameson ever turns her autobiography "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star" into a seminar/cert. I am soooo there, price be damned!

Mike ODonnell
02-17-2007, 10:47 AM
I took an 8hr Chek seminar when he was in town....was only like $139 and well worth it...although when he went off on tangents he lost most of us....still was worth the money. Looked into his certs, little pricey. Although too from a business POV it really didnt bring much an advantage to the credentials since he really doesnt market himself outside of trainers. (aka people are not out there looking for Chek certified people). I got some of his books and DVDs...those probably are good for as far as I want to use and take all his programming.

$100 for O-lifting with Coach B is a bargain! Too bad I live on the other side of the country.

Poloquin is an interesting guy too.....like his stuff in general....even if it gets a little kooky (but then the good guys usually are).

Personally I find it shocking that some of these weekend certs are going for $1000+ in the fitness industry. I mean if in the business world you can attend an all day seminar with 6 top known speakers for like $150, what makes the fitness industry able to charge $1000? That and with the plethora of information on the internet and available in DVDs and books....just seems excessive.

Dave Van Skike
02-17-2007, 10:50 AM
It's a lot of fun and will leave you feeling worked.

Jonas Lind
02-18-2007, 02:01 AM
Educations and stuff are what you make of them, I know that. That said, is the CF seminar worth the money?

Dave Wilson
02-18-2007, 04:15 AM
That's a tough one. I had a great time at the Cert last May, and I am now an Affiliate.

99% of the semiar content is in the CFJ.

hmm...

Well I had fun, I learned a few thing's,although I wish there would have been more Gymnastic's, I met alot of Great people. $1000 plus airfare from NH... hmmm

Yeah, I think it was worth it. thousand buck's is steep though.

Mike ODonnell
02-18-2007, 10:16 AM
I've never been to a CF seminar...or KB seminar....so is $1000 really worth:
- Hearing the same info you can read anywhere on the net
- I know meeting people is fun...but you can fly to Chico and get Robb drunk for a weekend with some good stories for far less
- Does it really go into enough hands on about fitness...or more talking about the ideas and theories behind what the program is based on
- Does the certification really give a business advantage to anyone....ok you are now certified, now what will it bring you in return....or is there really no business support and you are left on your own

Just all general questions I would ask before "investing" my money....besides a good time as I can go skiing with friends for the same amount and have fun too.....skeptical bastard I am.....as with all the free info out there, you can learn pretty much anything....I guess the steep price is the penalty for not putting the effort in to find the info....

Ron Nelson
02-18-2007, 12:13 PM
I heard Matt Furey does seminars. . .

Seriously, if I was in the business and wanted to increase my earning potential, I'd check into Alwyn Cosgrove. I know he appears at other seminars and does the Ryan Lee bootcamp every year, but I believe he also has his own seminars where the focus is on building your own training business. Fair amount of workout stuff as well. Check his website for more.

Mike ODonnell
02-18-2007, 12:57 PM
I like Alwyn's stuff....always has good insight.

James Evans
02-19-2007, 07:46 AM
22 for the weighlifting seminar or 25 for the KB seminar that Crossfit London are putting on is good value. A day of decent coaching with CPD points for the professionals.

$1000 for a cert? I dread to think how much the Brits or the Aussies who have gone over for CrossFit certs have spent. But if we are talking about your career, and hence your livelihood...

One of my best mates is a rowing coach and he has had an Oly coach down to teach the senior men's squad basic DL and squat technique and then really stripped down power clean stuff. He's very, very good.

10 per per class, every couple of weeks. 1 hour of intense coaching. These guy work with the senior Great Britain Rowing Squad (and rowing is something we are quite good at).

On average you get 3 guys turning up so my mate and I take part as well to make it less embarassing (normally I just watch or film the session).

Bunch of numbnuts.