7 Articles for CrossFit Coaches

Are you a current or prospective CrossFit coach? These 7 articles will help you get started, improve your coaching skills, and consider your approach to coaching clients at different levels.

Coaching CrossFit might seem straightforward, but there are actually a lot of different perspectives as to what makes a successful coach. How far should you push your clients? How do you accommodate the wide range of different fitness levels and needs in your clients? These seven articles written by experienced coaches will help you answer those questions.

How to Injury Proof Your CrossFit (Michael Campi)

Your mission as a CrossFit coach is to challenge the client in your gym, get them stronger, and lead them on the path to mastery and competence without injuring them. Here’s the prescription for that.

When Paleo and Inov-8s Are Bad For You (Becca Borawski)

Not everybody needs to eat paleo and wear inov-8s during their first week of CrossFit. The first year I did CrossFit I did it mainly fueled on Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, and Diet Coke. No joke.

Want to Be a CrossFit Coach? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself First (Traver H. Boehm)

Making a hobby into a living is part of the American dream, and many CrossFitters are following suit. Here are three questions from an affiliate owner to ask yourself before taking the plunge.

CrossFit Doesn’t Hurt – Bad Coaching Hurts (Mike Tromello)

This article is a rebuttal to the article “It’s CrossFit and It’s Going to Hurt.” CrossFit doesn’t have to hurt. Bad coaching hurts, and you find it everywhere, not just in CrossFit.

It’s CrossFit and It’s Going to Hurt (Josh Bunch)

My client Amy taught me what I should have told everyone at my gym from the start. “Welcome to Practice CrossFit. It’s going to hurt.” But not doing it would hurt much more than doing it ever will.

Taking a Sledgehammer to a Fly: The Proper Coaching of CrossFit (Jennifer Higgins)

Debate continues on the role of pain in CrossFit. Coach Jennifer explains that at her gym they have two different programs – one for athletes, and one for everyday people. “Pain” becomes relative.

Where CrossFit Fails: Training Vs. Testing (Tom Seryak)

If CrossFit wants to gain the respect of the rest of the fitness industry or keep its adherents safe and healthy, it is going to have to make a distinction between the sport and the training program.

Photo provided by Miguel Tapia Images and CrossFit LA.