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June 15, 2010

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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.

The Coaches Prep Seminar builds upon the Level 1 Certification and is designed for coaches looking to take their training to the next level. To register for the course, visit

5min 36sec

Related reading: You Be the Trainer #4 by Tony Budding, Justin Bergh, Pat Sherwood and Matt Swift, published Sept. 30, 2009.

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9 Comments on “Coaches Prep Course: Using Dependent Cues”


wrote …

nice job austin! you are a great person and coach. I enjoy learning from you every time we work together!



wrote …

Excellent information for those of us who can not afford to go through the Level 1


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Austin you were at my L1 cert and your cues still ring in my ears. Thanks for the great video.


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good stuff always!!!


Jason Khalipa wrote …

Great video bro.

I remember Austin and I back in the day working hard to get better at coaching. I would see movement that wasn't exactly perfect and fix it in an hour. Austin would come by and see movement that wasn't exactly perfect and fix it in 5 minutes.

The "disclaimer cues" are awesome and they work.

Great coach, great friend.



wrote …

Austin, congrats on a great video and on the HQ job!!! You deserve it as you are an amazing coach!!! Looking forward to more of your videos!


wrote …

Thank you so much CROSSFIT!!!!
I love CROSSFIT because of this type of knowledge and the people teaching it.
I visit this Journal more than 5 times a day.


wrote …

Love the disclaimer cues Coach Austin! Thanks for the coaching tips!


Jeremy Stecker wrote …

Krav Maga girl... Pay attention! This is good stuff!

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