Coach's Prep Course—Recommended Reading
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July 07, 2014
Nicole Carroll, Director of Certification and Training, explains the evolution of CrossFit’s trainer credentials.
CrossFit’s growth has been organic and infectious: There were no marketing strategies and no projections for the now more than 10,000 affiliates and 90,000 trainers. It started with one trainer, then one more and then a few more. The only “strategy” was to have fun, get into ridiculous shape and help anyone else do the same. Our… Continue Reading
July 07, 2014
The Level 2 Certificate Course (formerly the Coach’s Prep Course) is an intermediate-level seminar that builds on the concepts and movements introduced at the Level 1 Certificate Course. It is is appropriate for any CrossFit trainer serious about improving the quality of his or her coaching.
The “Level 2 Training Guide and Workbook” is to be used in conjunction with the course. It provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts presented, while the course is… Continue Reading
January 22, 2013
When CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman outgrew the 1,250-square-foot space where he was training athletes in Santa Cruz, Calif., he had a realization.
“I said, ‘Well, ya know what? I don’t know anything about business. Nothing.’ So I better go to the bookstore,” he tells an audience at the State Policy Network 20th Annual Meeting in Florida. “And there wasn’t one book on the shelf, not one, that told me how to improve my product or service.”
The… Continue Reading
Ben Bergeron recommends affiliate owners focus on the things that really matter. The rest, he says, will take care of itself.
From my early days as an affiliate owner, I have been driven by the adage that the “blind and relentless pursuit of excellence ” is what determines success. This stunningly simple and profound recommendation that Coach Greg Glassman spread to the affiliate Community years ago was one of the original… Continue Reading
Coaching can improve through progressions and practice. James Hobart offers cueing tips and drills to help you communicate with your athletes better.
“A trainer trains.” —Greg Glassman
Our coaching job might be simply stated as follows: help people move better. But that isn’t always simply done. Our efforts to get droopy shoulders more active and wavy midlines stabilized don’t always succeed.
While we frequently rely on tactile and demonstrative cues, verbal cues… Continue Reading
To coach the positive, coaches must understand two things:
1. Learning takes place when good behavior is rewarded versus bad behavior criticized.
2. The criticism sandwich.
“We’re trying to ignite the flame in each one of our members,” says Ben Bergeron, co-owner and head coach at CrossFit New England, as he addresses a group of affiliate owners. “Ignite the spark. It is the job and it is the responsibility of your coaches to get your members interested in CrossFit.”
June 16, 2012
When it comes to creating community, there are good affiliates and there are great affiliates. So says Ben Bergeron, head coach and co-owner of CrossFit New England, home to the team that won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup.
Good affiliates, for example, participate in charity events, celebrate holidays and birthdays, and host competitions.
“That’s what good affiliates are doing. We want more,” Bergeron says. “We’re looking to be great.”
To… Continue Reading
Are you a good coach or a great coach? Ben Bergeron explains the difference and what you can do to take your coaching to the next level.
The essence of CrossFit coaching is to get our clients to move better.
Good coaches can see faults and have the tools, knowledge and ability to correct these faults. If you can get your athletes to consistently move better, you are a considered a “good coach.”
But what then makes a… Continue Reading