Rami Castillo is a bit of a health and fitness education junkie: The owner of CrossFit Uncompromised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Castillo has taken his CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 certificate courses, as well as gymnastics, weightlifting, anatomy and masters athletes courses, and even the Adaptive Training Academy’s (ATA) coaching course.
So when someone like this calls the OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) the most in-depth, valuable “eye opening” course out there, it’s coming from a place of experience and knowledge.
“The CCP was just such an eye opener,” said Castillo, a native of Bolivia who grew up all over the world as his father was a soccer player, before eventually moving to the United States.
“The tools the CCP gave me have really helped me interact with my clients and become more involved in their lives beyond just the relationships of, ‘You pay me to coach you.’ It has helped me connect with them on a deeper level,” Castillo explained.
Needless to say, this has gone a long way in contributing to his job fulfilment.
“It’s a lot more fulfilling. It’s not just about coaching 12 people for an hour and sending them home anymore. Now I actually feel the urge to make that connection, and it has made me a better coach, and honestly, a better person,” he said.
Though Castillo still coaches one group class a week, since taking the CCP, he has shifted most of his clients to a more individualized program and plans to continue down this road because of what he learned in his OPEX education, he explained.
Connection aside, Castillo said the CCP has made him a much better technical coach, he said, and “it has given me the tools to professionalize my knowledge and give the best service I can,” he said.
He added: “It changed the way I see movement, helped me develop a better eye for movement. I can see how movements affect my clients’ lives, and how their lives affect movement.”
“I have a better understanding of the human body and how to fix movement to help people reach their goals, or reduce pain or whatever,” he said. This has been the case for his lifestyle clients, as well as for multi-modal, CrossFit clients.
His next step: Castillo is in the process of setting up a non-profit to fund fitness for kids and teenagers with Down Syndrome, a population he’s particularly passionate about working with.
He already works with two teenagers with Down Syndrome, and said the CCP has even helped him connect on a deeper level with them and with their parents via lifestyle consults. This has gone a long way in the results he has been able to achieve with them, he explained.
“I always loved what I do, but because of the CCP, I legitimately love what I do even more,” he said.
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