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At the Chalkboard: Relationship Business by Greg Glassman - CrossFit Journal

In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

March 18, 2010

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Good trainers aren’t just coaches. They’re also psychologists, counsellors, therapists, motivators, friends and more.

Anyone who’s worked with an athlete knows that to be truly successful, you have to go further than simply teaching a squat. That means getting to know your clients and being a part of their lives. Doing so will give you a lot of insight and will help you understand, motivate and encourage your athletes.

“If you would dread to run into your average clients for a pastrami sandwich at the end of the day, you’re in the wrong line of work,” Coach Glassman asserts.

When all is said and done, training is simply personal interaction, and building strong relationships with your clients is another secret to success.

3min 31sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 101, published Jan. 6, 2010.

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7 Comments on “At the Chalkboard: Relationship Business”


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Coach Glassman has the right idea that when we make the first contact with out athletes that we start a very special journey. The journey will be different for everyone. Coaching at several colleges and several club swim teams it has allowed me to touch many of the athletes lives. I have been coach, psychologist, college advisor, tutor, relationship therapist, and friend. It seems like alot but most do not understand that coaches really do go above and beyond just showing up at the pool and gym and teach. There is plenty of thought that goes into programming CF weekly, and monthy microcycles as well as a 16-20 week swim season. But, with all the time I
spend on helping teenagers swim faster, get into good universities and colleges, and check on grades, the 50+ hour a week I would not trade to do anything else. The video piece the other week shows my commitment to my athletes.


wrote …

A year into owning an affiliate, I know that truer words have never been spoken. It is 99% about building relationships of trust, and 1% about knowing your stuff. Well put


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I absolutely love the fact that Coach puts out there his disdain for form nazi's. Just have a little fun, get the best workout in the world and drink a few beers when it's over.

What in the world could be better? Coach Glassman, may you live long and prosper. The world needs more of you.


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Jake, You mentioned the 'form Nazi's". I agree about that form nazi's are in many different industries not just Crossfit. I also teach martial arts and the funniest thing I see is when a new Black belt Instructor gets up in front of class and becomes a 'form nazi'. I wish that they could have seen themselves at that level trying to learn techniques. Everything goes full circle. Everyone starts somewhere.


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Well-said Coach!
It is evident that you live out this philosophy daily.


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So a form nazi is somebody who doesn't let them do the movement without near perfect form? That must be the distinction as he says a good trainer is always aware of the slop and always fixing it, just has some tolerance for the slop as they work to improve. I think everyone can agree that form nazi standard should apply to demonstration videos. I also think this differs from a lot of comments people often make about faulty ROM in the context of a benchmark time or the games as that too should have strict standards.


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David Osorio and his crew over at CrossFit South Brooklyn have a great dynamic of good coaching and community. This is why they are successful. You get a tough WOD followed by some frolicking in Prospect Park or a beer at the local pub.

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