At a recent staff meeting we were running some staff development to see how we can improve as CrossFit coaches to provide our CrossFit Norwest members with the best experience each session. We asked the question, What makes a good CrossFit coach?
While we came up with specific guidelines such as providing clear time stamps to manage class objectives, clearly briefing every class on the session, basic scaling options/injuries, connecting individually with each member during the session etc. There were some clear overarching themes that demonstrated the characteristics of a good coach.
A passion for CrossFit, health and fitness: a good CrossFit coach is driven by a desire to be a part of the CrossFit community, teach others about health and fitness, and live their life this way. This passion enables them to provide engaging and worthwhile CrossFit sessions, translates to inspiration and gradual progress for their athletes.
Empathy for others: a good CrossFit coach will treat all members with the same level of respect and encouragement regardless of their ability or background. However this also means they also have the confidence to stop and scale improper and unsafe movement, and encourage members to scale up when appropriate. A good CrossFit coach genuinely cares about the progress of their athletes.
Strong Knowledge: a good CrossFit coach has completed and continues to complete appropriate training – they hold certificates such as CrossFit Level One or Two, Certificate in Fitness, CrossFit Kids, Olympic Weightlifting Level one etc. They know how to deliver this information to clients by providing clear and effective progressions when demonstrating a skill, ensuring prioritized and methodical cueing, and specific feedback.
These are just a few of the themes from an endless list of attributes for what makes a good CrossFit coach. These are traits that we are constantly seeking to improve upon and adopt to provide our members with the best fitness experience. What do you believe makes a good CrossFit coach?