As a coach, you have to know when to speak up and when to remain silent to keep intensity high. You also have to know how to get your point across quickly to athletes who are focusing on working hard, not breaking down a complex set of instructions. Knowing how and when to drop one or two words into your client’s workout can make all of the difference in the world.
In this video shot at CrossFit Santa Cruz, CrossFit HQ trainer Austin Begiebing takes a group of coaches through “cues with disclaimers” that will work in every WOD. Begiebing utilizes simple, precise verbal cues to keep the right pieces of each lift moving properly. Implement these cues into your training regimen and both you and your clients will benefit.
Related reading: You Be the Trainer #4 by Tony Budding, Justin Bergh, Pat Sherwood and Matt Swift, published Sept. 30, 2009.