Want To Coach?


I’m prefacing this whole post with a big “We’re not necessarily looking for coaches” message.  However, the more qualified and talented people we have working towards a coaching position at the box only makes for a stronger gym environment for everyone.  Plus, at some point we surely will be looking to hire someone….

One of the greatest things about CrossFit is the accessibility of it.  There’s boxes everywhere, and in the event there’s not – you can make up a WOD using standard playground equipment if you want.  Similarly, if you have a passion for fitness and a love to work with people and help them achieve the goals they seek – becoming a CrossFit Coach is completely accessible to many of you.

What It Takes

Obviously, not just anyone can be a coach.  A coach is someone who generally cares about your development over theirs. They are willing to sacrifice their time to help someone else get better.  They’re usually also willing to sacrifice other things as well (higher paying jobs, their own workout time, their own recreational time,  money, etc).  Coaches know how to listen, coaches know how to speak, and coaches know when to listen and when to speak.

Coaches have the patience to learn YOU.  Your quirks.  Your technique flaws. Your copouts.  Your strengths.  Coaches have the ability to understand what teaching tips and tools they can use with you, based on you, to efficiently relay a message.

Coaches often do much of the un-heroic work around the box.  They pick up your left out junk and throw away lonely water bottles. (errr. recycle).  They might program specifically for their private clients, they might help program the general CrossFit WODs.  They help with day to day operations and help plan events like our paleo pot lucks.

In short, being a coach is a fuckin’ fun job, but it requires a lot of time, dedication and honor to the position.

Still Want To Coach?

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Identify yourself to an owner or coach. Let them know you’re interested in coaching.
  2. Ask Questions. Once you’ve let some people know you’re interested, start asking questions when it’s appropriate.  (That means not while a coach is freaking coaching…).
  3. Pay Attention to Details. Watch everyone else when you’re resting.  Come to your class early or stay late and observe others.  Watch people who are good, people who are new, people who are older in age, everyone.  Get to know the common faults, the common corrections, and the general commonalities that exist in movement.
  4. Pay Attention To Coaching. All coaching differs. Attend different classes and get to know your coaching staff.  Take away from classes good things you see/hear and leave behind things you disagree with.
  5. Visit Other Boxes. And observe step 3 and 4 above.
  6. Interweb Like A Mother. Watch vidoes put out by people who know what they’re doing.  Take notes.  Watch videos put out by people who don’t know shit.  Take better notes.  Read, read read.
  7. Get a CF Journal Subscription. In.val.u.a.ble.
  8. Look into Attending a CrossFit Certification. A bunch of us have done it, ask around for information.  It’s a weekend course that will go over all of the points required in becoming a CrossFit Coach.  If you pass the test at the end of the cert, you will be a Certified Level One CrossFit Coach.

I personally hope you all share the love for CrossFit that I do – and those of you who share the love of helping people achieve their goals that I have, trust me… coaching is a rewarding experience that pays well beyond money.

Who knows, maybe you will find yourself coaching a rag tag group of your co-workers in your parking lot like I did at MySpace years ago.  =)  Like I stated to open the post – we’re not looking to hire, but who knows maybe we will be. And there’s more and more boxes opening all over the world every day, maybe one will open that has the right fit for you to start coaching at?

Workout of the Day 9/14/2012

4 Deficit Handstand Pushups* (4″/3″)
12 Hang Power Cleans (185/120)
8 Deficit Handstand Pushups
8 Hang Power Cleans
12 Deficit Handstand Pushups
4 Hang Power Cleans
150 Double Unders
12 Deficit Handstand Pushups
4 Hang Power Cleans
8 Deficit Handstand Pushups
8 Hang Power Cleans
4 Deficit Handstand Pushups
12 Hang Power Cleans

*Handstand Pushups are to be done with plates on the side with a 4 or 3″ deficit be Rx’d.

Today’s workout comes from the mastermind behind  The Outlaw Way.