Watching a great trainer run a CrossFit class is a fantastic experience. As he or she works, you can pick up all sorts of things that will make you better in the box. The best coaches employ a wide variety of skills to give their athletes the best possible experience, and learning how to do that will improve your effect on your athletes.
In this video shot at a Coaches Prep Course at CrossFit Santa Cruz, Adrian (Boz) Bozman leads a group through a WOD, and then E.C. Synkowski breaks down exactly what he did.
Time management, clarity, presence, consistent cueing, appropriate scaling, communication of movement standards, solid demonstration and personality are all important aspects of training, and top coaches find a way to incorporate all these things—and more—into a session.
Additional reading: You Be the Trainer #4, published Sept. 30, 2009.