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Step ONE Intern Program

Step ONE Intern Program


What is Step ONE?

Step ONE is a 6-week immersive internship program for Level One Certificate holders. The program involves class observation, feedback, assignments, and eventually, leading parts of or full classes. The program is application based, and all candidates must apply.

Step ONE General Guidelines

  1. Step ONE is a progressive learning program for coaches
  2. The program is volunteer based (there is no compensation for participation)
  3. All candidates must have a current Level One Certificate
  4. The program may last up to six weeks based on the candidates progress and overall disposition
  5. The program can be terminated or extended at anytime by ONE Nation
  6. Weekly schedules depend on intern availability and ONE Nation (consistent days and times are preferred)
  7. ONE Nation will provide guidelines on expectations and responsibilities (all of which must be met to begin/continue the program)
  8. All candidates must apply

Step ONE Expectations 

  1. Candidates will communicate their availability at the outset of the program
  2. Candidates are responsible for checking in with head coaches and completing all assignments throughout the program
  3. Candidates must dress, act, and comport in a professional manner at all times
  4. Reebok footwear is preferred at all times
  5. Candidates are expected to dedicate 2 hours each session
    • Arrive 10 minutes before class and check in with your coach
    • Observe or assist in hour-long class
    • Debrief with coach for 20 minutes after class tackling specific items and getting homework for next session
    • Assist at gym for 30 minutes (tasks assigned daily by coach)
  6. All of these must be accomplished in order to participate and stay in the program

Step ONE Deliverables


The goal of this program is to give candidates an opportunity to shadow, watch, learn develop, ask questions and eventually, coach. The more consistent the candidate, the more they will have the opportunity to learn and gain responsibility. Candidates will begin by observing classes and eliciting feedback from the coach. The coach may assign homework – this is optional, but encouraged for development and growth. Assignments and responsibilities will depend on the demeanor, consistency and dedication of the candidate. The program is progressive from week to week where each week builds on the prior. Below is a rough outline for the six-week program.


Week 1: Methodology & Observation
Seeing – Fault recognition skills

Week 2: Methodology & Observation 
Correcting – Fault correction skills

Week 3: Class Structure & Group Management 
Managing Groups – Effective classes and presence

Week 4: Programming & Timeline Analysis 
Lesson Planning – Timeline structure and execution

Week 5: Leading a Warm-up & Secondary Class 
Coaching – Practical

Week 6: Leading a Warm-up or Full Class 
Coaching – Practical


All candidates must apply through email. Candidates must submit the following…

  1. 100 word statement about interest and motivations for the program
  2. Resume including all relevant experience
  3. Personal reference from owner or coach of another gym or previous employer

All materials must be submitted to careers@crossfitonenation.com with the title “Step ONE Program Applicant / Name: (include your name)”

ONE Nation is an equal opportunity employer. Application does not guarantee consideration for an interview. In person interviews will be setup for candidates based on ONE Nation’s review of all materials.