Camila Castilho Becomes First Female Trainer to Earn CrossFit Level-Three Certification in Brazil
Brazil is currently CrossFit’s second-largest market outside the U.S. and has experienced one of the biggest CrossFit “booms” around the globe. In 2013 the country had something around 10-15 affiliates and by 2018 that number exceeded 1,000. Today, there are more than 2,500 CrossFit Level 1 Coaches in Brazil, but there are only 21 CrossFit Certified Level Three Trainers, less than 1%.
The first Brazilian trainers to earn this title were Victor Morris and Ricardinho Prudente in 2013, since then they’ve been part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and today Ricardinho is the Country Manager for CrossFit in Brazil.
One big thing: The most recent trainer to obtain a level three certification in Brazil was announced last week — Camila Castilho — and she is the first woman to earn this distinction.
Castilho’s journey: She found CrossFit “through a teacher who worked at a functional training gym with me. When I joined this gym to work, we met, he saw me training and said that I could do well in Olympic Weightlifting. After that day he taught me everything he knew about it and later about CrossFit.”
- “Over time my love for the methodology and for everything that CrossFit preaches has only increased. It was then that I made my [Level One Certification] and…I found myself. I tell everyone that the L1 is the best course I’ve ever taken in my life. You can’t leave this course without the desire to help the world and change yourself,” she said.
On becoming the first female Certified Level Three Trainer in Brazil: Castilho noted that the “number of people who earn this credential is very small. In Brazil, if I’m not mistaken, there are only 20 [before me]. I was aware that there wasn’t a woman, and that was certainly a great motivation for me, to be the first.”
- “All of my references as trainers are men. I felt the absence of having a woman. Right when I left the L3 test, I sent a message to a friend, who works as Seminar Staff at CrossFit and he said to me, ‘Camila, now you are a reference as a trainer.’ That sentence hit me. At that time, I had become the reference that I missed so much in my training process as a trainer,” Castilho said.
- “I feel honored, proud and aware of the responsibility of having [earned] this title. May I inspire and educate people, just as I once was,” she concluded.