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3 Things a Good CrossFit Coach Would Never Do

3 Things a Good CrossFit Coach Would Never Do | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |

A good CrossFit coach scales their athletes individually. They do not pre-scale the workout to some generic RX/LEVEL 2/LEVEL 3 template or something like that. You need to listen to your athletes and scale them individually because they are all different people with different situations. One person might have a wrist injury while another might take 15 minutes to run a mile. Another athlete may be able to RX any weightlifting movement but need to drastically scale basic gymnastics movements like box jumps, pull-ups, or even air squats.
The phenomenon of group scaling is a bad habit that has seeped into coaching and polluted CrossFit gyms through the local CrossFit competition circuit. In a CrossFit competition it is necessary to do this because of the need for standardization of the scaling and the large number of athletes. In contrast, individual scaling must be the standard during any normal training day at a CrossFit gym in order to maximize safety and fitness.

The sole exception is in the case of monostructural movements such as running and rowing. The reason for this is that there are limited scaling options for these movements – the only ways to scale a long run/row are to either shorten the distance or give the athlete rest during the effort.

In fact, scaling is the most important part of a CrossFit coach’s job. If a coach is not individually scaling their athletes, they are either 1 – Lazy, 2 – Lacking the experience and confidence to do the scaling, or 3 – Coaching a class that is too big for them to handle.



Putting the bar into the rack from overhead is probably the most unsafe weightlifting technique that you will see new CrossFitters try to get away with. As a CrossFit coach, you know this is coming, so head it off by explaining that you need to bring the bar back to your body before returning it to the rack. For that one person who wasn’t paying attention or thinks you were just kidding, stop them immediately and let them know that this is unsafe and unacceptable. Occasionally, you will see one of these during a press or a push press when the athlete is using an empty bar or a really light weight and decides to return the bar straight to the rack from overhead.




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Stephanie Howard's curator insight, May 16, 2015 10:53 PM

This article was really interesting because CrossFit gets bad publicity for some of the poor coaching that occurs. It's important to remember that there will be bad apples in every profession, even in CrossFit.

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Runner Carries her Collapsed Competitor Across the

Runner Carries her Collapsed Competitor Across the | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |
Sportsmanship and goodness at their absolute finest. Meghan Vogel did what she said any other runner would've done for her after her competitor collap

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How To Be a Positive Parent of a Young Athlete

It’s important to set a good example of sportsmanship for your kids and other parents. Read these helpful tips for being a positive parent. (RT @ChildrensColo: Being a parent of a young #athlete can sometimes be tough!

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Ethics of a Personal Trainer | Ivan's Blog

Researching a code of ethics that would apply to a personal training career, I have come across 6 principles from the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. I find its important to acknowlege a code of ethics and was interested ...

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Stephanie Jesse's curator insight, February 16, 2013 7:04 PM

While personal trainer is not on my bucket list, I do plan on working one on one with people who may have been injured in a sporting accident. This blog gave me a view of ethics that I may encounter in my future profession.

Matthew John Butcher's curator insight, May 18, 2014 9:19 PM

This article consists of six primary ethical codes that are all focused around being the ideal personal trainer.

Chris Perkins's curator insight, August 17, 2014 5:59 PM

This article takes the code of ethics from the IDEA and explains them. Very good article for anyone in the personal training industry.

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Ethics in Sports Journalism

So my thoughts on whether sports journalism has ethics and should be held the same ethical standards every day journalism does.

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Tips to teach kids good sportsmanship - Written by Greg Chertok, M.Ed., CC-AAS Member of ACSM

Tips to teach kids good sportsmanship - Written by Greg Chertok, M.Ed., CC-AAS Member of ACSM | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |

It is far easier to demonstrate good sportsmanship when there is not an exaggerated emphasis on winning and a perpetual focus on results & outcome.

Over the years, the Youth Sports Institute has surveyed thousands of children aged 10-18 regarding their feelings about sports, and winning has never been the most important reason. It hasn’t even been among the top 7 or 8 reasons for playing a sport.

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The value of sportsmanship in business

The value of sportsmanship in business | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |
Winning doesn't have to come at the expense of honor, dignity and class

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:52 PM

So earlier this week my step-son had a volleyball game.  The refs made a few difficult calls, mostly relaxing the rules a bit.  The boy is ten, and this is thought of as a learning league.

After the game however, he came home rather upset and suggested that the team lost the game "because the refs were terrible."  You can imagine the parental manuveuring that ensued.  Sportsmanship and all of it's subtle variants were the topic at the dinner table and beyond.

In business, this is an unusual request.  Aren't we, after all, out to beat the other guy?  And isn't it part of fair-play to kick him when he's down?  Well, maybe not.  Here's a story from CBS Moneywatch that takes a look at what's appropriate sportsman-like behavior for the business athlete.

David Hain's curator insight, March 7, 2013 1:26 AM

The value of #ethics in #leadership...what you give is what you get!

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Ethical Responsibilities of a Sports Trainer

Ethical Responsibilities of a Sports Trainer | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |
Coaches and sports trainers often face a dilemma that combines the desire to win with the welfare of their athletes. As a sports trainer, you can draw on a code of ethics to help you maintain that ...

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Pablo Nunez's curator insight, November 17, 2013 11:35 AM

A fantastic breakdown of how to apply proper sports ethics in today's society

Robert Ray Norris's curator insight, December 8, 2013 4:42 PM

For you as a sports trainer you have the knoldge of sports medicine and can tell the coach that the injured player has so many plays, days or even months of no activity depending on the savarity of the injury.

Stephanie Howard's curator insight, May 16, 2015 10:59 PM

As coaches, we must remember that winning isn't everything. While it is one of the main goals of competition, there are other important aspects that we must teach our athletes. These include honesty and discipline, attributes than be used in many aspects of our lives.

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Amanda Chappel: Personal Trainer to be: Defining Ethics

Amanda Chappel: Personal Trainer to be: Defining Ethics | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |
The code of ethics for my field is pretty much common sense related issues. The article I read listed many things that are in the conduct for a personal trainer. Here are a few: 1. Be professional- maintain a professional attitude ...

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Erin Gateman's comment, July 17, 2013 2:34 AM
Extremely important, especially hearing it from a trainer themselves.
Christina M. Wolfe's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:14 PM

It's great to have the ground work laid out for you and your clients so you don't over step boundaries.

Deana Orellana's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:49 PM

Great advice from a young up and coming personal trainer.

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CROSSFIT STEPS UP DRUG TESTING - BoxLife Magazine | Sports Ethics: Burgess P. |

It’s one of the most taboo topics surrounding CrossFit, but one that won’t go away. As the sport continues to experience exponential growth worldwide, with increased viewers, sponsorships and prizes up for grabs, questions continue to arise over whether the playing field is really even.

For the newcomers to CrossFit, or the uninitiated who may come across the Games on TV, the exceptional physique and performance on display by both male and female athletes often leads to a healthy dose of skepticism over whether those competiting are indeed “all-natural”. We’ve all heard it from one non-CrossFitting friend or another, but those same questions have started creeping into boxes across the country (and internationally), fueled further whenever notable athletes breach the subject. In a sub 3-minute interview with CrossFit last December, Dan Bailey admitted that he didn’t believe that all the male competitors in the 2013 Games were “clean”. Bailey went on to state that CrossFit’s drug testing “could and should be improved…because the incentive is there and nobody’s perfect, and people will dive into that at some point.” With the sport and competition growing in prominence, isn’t it time that the tests for performance enhancing drugs grow along with it?

CrossFit HQ thinks so.

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