Are You Driving Your CrossFit Coach Crazy?
by Katie at thebarbellpress.com
Unbeknownst to you, you may be driving your CrossFit coach insane. Even if you love, love, love CrossFit. Even if your CrossFit coach is one of your best friends.
I should know. I owned and coached at a CrossFit affiliate for three years and many of my members/friends drove me nuts at times as much as I love each of them. And looking back to when I was a member at a CrossFit gym myself, I realize some of the things I did probably irked my coaches.
Because a CrossFit box is like a family, and let’s be honest, no one gets on each others nerves more than family does.
So, whether you realize it or not, you may, at times, do silly little things that get under the skin of your coaches. So without further ado, here’s a list of things that make coaches want to pull their hair out:
Whining- Sometimes we mean our whining to be a humble brag like when we say, “I’m so sore from this week that I don’t know how I’m going to do today’s workout,” but what we really mean is, “I’m sore because I’m a badass and pushed so hard this week.” And other times, we whine as an excuse; “Omg. This is so heavy today!” really means, “Other days when I’m feeling really strong, I can totally do this so don’t judge if I miss this lift right now.” But what we mean and what we say are two different things. Your coach is so busy running class and dividing his/her time among all of the members that they don’t have time to interpret the “true meaning” behind your comments. What they hear is whining and that’s like nails on a chalk board to a coach. It’s perfectly acceptable to say, “Hey coach. I’m pretty sore from this week. Mind if I scale the weight back a bit and use today as an active recovery?” but it’s not cool to whine.
Talking While The Coach Is Reviewing The Movement- We get it. CrossFit is where you come to blow off steam after a long day of work. But for your coaches, it is their actual job. So if you’re talking while they are reviewing the movements, it’s making their job really difficult. Experienced members are more likely to do this since they don’t need the movement review as much as a rookie does, but it’s distracting to both the newbie and the coach. Absolutely come to have a great time and be social with other members, but make sure it’s not when your coach is instructing.
Coaching Other Members- Unless your coach has purposely asked you to assist them in coaching other members, try not to. We know members do this with the best intention, but sometimes, it interferes with our plans as coaches. For instance, you may see an error in another member’s technique that we are already aware of but have decided not to fix just yet because that error might be secondary to another more important error that we want the athlete to focus on. When you give the athlete more cues than we wanted to give, it confuses the athlete. It’s better to let the coach do the coaching, but feel free to ask questions. Pull your coach aside and say, “I noticed Jenny was doing this and I want to develop my eye for coaching. What do you think?” A good coach will be happy to use the opportunity to explain their reasoning and help you expand your knowledge.
Being Overly Competitive- Please push yourself! Please challenge yourself. Please compete with yourself every day. But if someone beats you in a WOD, be humble and happy for them that they performed well that day. When members become overly competitive with one another, it’s toxic for the box. We want to get better together and we are all responsible for setting a positive tone at the box.
Going Behind the Desk– And doing other things that show you are “too comfortable.” CrossFit is a strange business because owners and coaches are best of friends with their clients. Sometimes, lines can be blurred. Try to remember that the gym is a business, as much as we are all friends, and stay away from behind the desk/doing other things that you’d never do at another place of business.
Being Excessively Late- Sometimes you can’t help it. We know that. Many people rush from work to get to the gym and they have to contend with traffic. But whenever it can be helped, be on time.
Leaving Your Equipment Out- This is self explanatory, but clean up after yourself. Most people do, but it’s worth mentioning.
But to end on a positive note, there are so many amazing things you do that your coaches love:
1. Welcoming new people
2. Cheering on other members when you finish your workout
3. Posting about and tagging your CrossFit box
4. Saying thank you to your coaches (Goes a long way!)
5. Giving your best effort
6. Staying after to mobilize and setting that example for others
7. Supporting your community by participating in charity events we hold
8. Being all around great people who brighten our day with your positive energy and beautiful smiles!