Joining the Seminar Staff


First off I would like to thank you for your program. I am not big on open adoration but thought considering I was writing to you I would at least give credit where credit was do. I followed your amateur progression for just about 6 months and saw some great gains, after I reset a couple of times I thought I would try something new. Instead of trying the Collegiate template you outlined at the cert I thought I would try another program just to check to see if CFFB was legit. 

Enough fluff. About a year ago I quit my job to help grow and work at my girlfriend’s gym (now ex). Seeing as how I have been a follower of your program and am in need of a change,  I was curious as to how one would become more involved with the CrossFit Football certification process or how one could become a traveling staff member?

I am looking to grow as a coach and am willing to do whatever it takes to be a part of your team.

Devon James

joining the seminar staff #1

DJ - thanks for contacting us.  Surprisingly, I have received just a handful of emails over the last few years asking about joining the seminar staff.  The two most recent were from individuals that had never attended the seminar, didn't follow the program and had no idea what we were teaching.  But they felt they were more than qualified to teach CrossFit Football based on other seminars they had attended or coached.  When I asked if they planned on attending CFFB, one didn't respond and the other told me none of the seminars had been close enough to be convenient.

If you can't make the effort, neither can I.

There are just a handful of CrossFit Football seminar staff coaches scattered around the globe, most I see daily in Newport Beach, many have interned with Raphael Ruiz and a few have worked with Tex in DC. There are a few others are scattered around the globe but make an effort to visit, stay in contact and keep us updated on their training daily.

We have a simple criteria for joining our staff.

1 - Attend two (2) CrossFit Football Trainer Seminars (be memorable, stand out).
2 - Email a resume to with an inquiry about entering the Space Monkey Program.
3- Intern at 4 CFFB events (blow us away with your coaching, positive attitude and sense of humor).
4 - Make a visit to the OC for a formal interview with myself and the CFFB staff.  This interview will be both oral and practical. We need to see how you present to a group, how you coach the movements, if you fit in with the group and demonstrate your strength, speed and capacity (articulate, funny, cock strong and look the part).
5- If you pass the final test, you are invited to join the staff.  You will receive a CFFB email account and gear.  You must to be available to travel anywhere in the world for a weekend spreading the gospel of CrossFit Football.

What did you think, this is Fight Club, and we would require you to wait for three days without food, shelter, or encouragement to begin your training?

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32 Responses to Joining the Seminar Staff

  1. Mike

    Considering quitting college…..

  2. Kyle

    Do you still qualify if Greg Glassman believes you to be “fundamentally hostile to CrossFit and its leadership?”

    otherwise i’m screwed…

  3. lmao Kyle. This is tight John and would be a sick job imo. Thanks for putting it out there!

  4. freddy

    I vote kyle onto the cffb island…..

  5. Dan

    Mr Welbourn,

    Please hire who ever you need in order to be freed up to spend more time on writing for your blog.

    Its a breath of fresh air.

  6. Zac Hunter

    Plan on attending cert #2 in October. Will be bringing multiple acolytes. We already promote your program through our gym. I’d love to go further. See you in October

  7. McQuilkin

    New Goal, see you in July

  8. cgpilot

    I vote for Trose, Shane & Jaybird…..It would make a great reality show.

  9. Jason K.

    I just found my dream job.

  10. Ben

    Whos ready to join “project mayhem”–

  11. Denny K

    I’ll be searching for cert #2…..I will be on this staff!!

  12. Petey

    I just gotta make it to 20 years in USMC, then its game on.

  13. Joes


    Whatever happened to Blake S the big Te I played against him in college and I remember seeing him on the staff a few yrs ago

    • Blake was working with us a few years ago but decided to move to Vegas and become a bartender. He had bigger aspirations that I could offer him.

  14. Jon

    I think you meant “passed” on bullet #4. Can I join the staff?

  15. Big Josh

    You forgot “kneepads”

    • dont be butt hurt b/c you can’t teach a few gifted young athletes to squat. And the wife wants to know if you have anymore tues & wed wine for her. I told her I would ask, but since you reared your old bald head, I thought I would ask. I saw your pale brother, Ben Lynch, at the CF Regionals.

  16. Still trying to figure out how Luke got passed your screening process?!?!?!?

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  18. Sherman

    I’m going to my second CFFB cert soon! Hopefully with Ralph in Tampa again!

  19. Big Josh

    I have more wine for Kate. If she shares it with you, I can’t really control that….

  20. What happens if you live in South Africa, flew all the way to the States to attend the Cert, and now own a gym where guys practice CFFootball exclusively?

  21. JJ

    If only I was cock strong.

  22. Good shyt, Johnnie, I still think you should be doing seminars at some of the smaller gyms, old school style. I remember offering my place as host and you said NO because we didn’t have bumper plates or some shyt like dat!

    Come on, homie, you KNOW Bad Mother F***ers have been built with old school plates and nothing but a flimsy squat stand!

    Doors are open ANY time you need your help, brutha!

    45 minutes from NYC

    Dirty Jerzee Loves Ya



  23. Davin Butler

    Is this still a valid way into the Space Monkey Program. I already have one Cert under my belt. I am currently deployed to Cuba. When I leave the island I will have 4 years until retire from active Duty Army. Time to look to a future of continuing to help and train others.

  24. Ingo "Joey Swole" B

    I know this is really old, but they’re cleaning my hotel room and I’m the lobby, with nothing to do. I have to ask: did Devon James ever follow through with his promise to do what it takes to get on the team?

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