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3 Things a Good CrossFit Coach Would Never Do

3 Things a Good CrossFit Coach Would Never Do | CrossFit Coaching | Scoop.it

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.

2 – ALLOW YOU TO RETURN THE A BAR TO THE RACK FROM OVERHEAD

 

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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Don’t Let Breaks Break You

Injuries are not specific to CrossFit training, but they happen. I’ve been hurt many more times coaching and playing ... READ MORE »


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The 3 Worst CrossFit Coaching Cues (and How to Fix Them)

Despite what you may read, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” cue for your athletes. As a trainer, I’m willing to acknowledge when I’m wrong. I’m sure many people in my personal life wish this quality would transcend into that realm, as well.   But in all seriousness, over the … Continue reading The 3 Worst CrossFit Coaching Cues (and How to Fix Them) →


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CrossFit Workouts are Strategically Scaled to Optimize Your Physical Fitness - Braintree, MA

CrossFit classes in Braintree, MA are designed so that you can have a workout that is right for your current fitness level. Each workout is structured using a scaling system to ensure safety while mixing and matching conditioning exercises, gymnastics movements, and weight lifting routines. Anyone can do CrossFit, whether you are a beginner or a competitor. With the goal of increasing your individual level of fitness, a CrossFit training program is strategically scaled to enhance the elements of your body’s physical fitness so you can achieve a performance advantage. Every CrossFit WOD incorporates varied functional movements that should be performed at a relatively high intensity with reduced resting times. In Group CrossFit sessions you will be taught the foundational movements through effective and safe coaching techniques. CrossFit workout routines help to optimize your personal fitness level. This program is not exclusive for athletes alone but are excellent for anyone who


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CrossFit, the hottest workout at the gym, may be a high-risk activity for serious injuries without proper coaching

CrossFit, the hottest workout at the gym, may be a high-risk activity for serious injuries without proper coaching | CrossFit Coaching | Scoop.it
Are you into crossfit? Not learning the right techniques can do more harm than good http://t.co/Pdjb6CjOem

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Crossfit is Dangerous Because of YOU

Crossfit is Dangerous Because of YOU | CrossFit Coaching | Scoop.it

I have seen a lot of response to the article that has been looming for the past couple months on the dangers of Crossfit, but after two more people this week have sent me the controversial article, I needed to vent a little. The reason Crossfit is dangerous is because of the athletes that do it.

 

I think there are two worlds of Crossfit: the most criticized being the one in which everyone is balls to the wall every time, with irresponsible coaching that turns irresponsible athletes into making bad decisions. Pair this with extreme competition and egos and the risk of injury and irreparable damage can be imminent.

Avoid this.

The second, and probably more common, is one in which the box is used to breed healthy, confident, strong athletes by means of following proper programming with a focus on form and technique.

 

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Is CrossFit Training Safe for Children? - Yahoo News (blog)

Is CrossFit Training Safe for Children? - Yahoo News (blog) | CrossFit Coaching | Scoop.it

"ABC News' Paula Faris and Cathy Becker report:

CrossFit is a military style workout program that's popular among fans of extreme exercise.

It is now available for children, but some people question whether the intense cross-training system, which uses dead lifts and bar bells, is safe for kids.

Eric Von Frohlich, who runs EVF CrossFit in Manhattan, said the children's CrossFit is not as hardcore as the adult program.

"It's scalable. We teach the movement and then allow that individual's ability to come through," Von Frohlich told ABC News. "As long as there's proper coaching, proper guidelines, and we're teaching them proper movement, there's no chance of them having any kind of problems."

Not everyone agrees. Dr. Paul Stricker, a pediatric sports medicine specialist, says cross training can be too intense for some children's bones and tendons."

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