Profile of A good Crossfit Coach

Runar Eilertsen

We all think the team of coaches at our crossfit gym is the best.
Until we drop in  another box and come back with bitter feelings. We’ve all thought but didn’t dare to say outloud:

-Oh boy! I miss that coach I met at that other location, he was paying attention to every details

-I wish I was trained by a coach that really cares about my progression

-I love my team of coaches but I wish I could tell them they need to travel around to pick up some new tips and tricks

Here is a snapshot of the top 5 qualities we all believe make a good crossfit coach:


A  G O O D  C O A C H:

1/ Will make us drop those extra lbs on the bar

Yes, we all like to be pushed hard during a wod. We don’t blame our peers or our training partner for screaming at us with all their hearts, we love that they are around no matter what.
But there’s always that bad day when we feel down, sick or simply not in the mood for a workout (‘what?! not in the mood?’ HAHA I can hear some of you thinking outloud).
It’s ok to push the limits to increase the level of energy; it’s bad to push when it’s too much. A good coach will detect a bad form, and will have us stop the workout. He/she knows that for injury purposes it’s better to play the safety card.

A good coach will explain why and not yell at us that we’re not capable. Shaming is not his/her priority, good vibes and energy is.


2/ Believes in his athletes, no matter the level

There’s always going to be beginner athletes and competitor athletes. Not everyone have the same agenda and a good coach is aware of that.
Giving less attention to athletes just because they won’t participate to the open crossfit games or because they won’t score as much on the leaderboard is mean, small minded and so not crossfit.
That’s it.

A good coach is grateful for all his athletes and for the good energy of the box, he/she can instinctively figure out how to get everyone excited about the level they’re at.


3/ Understands the crossfit community

Crossfit is not approached the same way as it is in Europe, Asia, Australia or in the US;  but there’s some universal similarities established by Mr Glassman.

A crossfit community means that a living, dynamic and sensitive vibe impregnates each individual crossing the doorstep of the box.
It’s nice to have a group of people participating in a class, but crossfit community is more than that. It’s engaging each individuals to support, motivate, share and relate. The beauty of a community is the power generated by a group of people who are looking in the same direction and whose only passion is to elevate one another.


4/ Shares its knowledge, tips and strategy

Whether it’s  during a wod, in preparation for a competition or randomly chatting during a break; there’s a sincere dialogue because an athlete shouldn’t get stuck.

A good  coach will gladly give tips outside of the workout about recovery, diet, or strategies to relax before a competition. This seems obvious, but it’s actually logical and should be natural. The crossfit and workout fields are too wide for an athlete to know everything. The coach to his athletes is THE reference, the one they look up to; therefore, in a modest, humble and smart process the coach is present and generously shares his precious wisdom.

5/ Is not complacent

It’s one thing to post impressive pictures and motivational quotes on Instagram, it’s another thing to actually face and encourage meaningfully an athlete. After a while, some coaches become complacent and need a serious reality check. Checking out other techniques, other ways to communicate with their community is essential.
Crossfit is evolving daily; athletes participating in major competitions are becoming stronger, crossfit gyms are offering divers classes, coaches are developing all kinds of programmings and it is the coach’s mission at our local gym to go find out how it’s done and report back. If he doesn’t, he is letting his athletes down.

Written by Tamara Akcay
photo courtesy of Runar Eilertsen

This article was published on Heatbears on August 31st 2015