Less Coaching, More Repetition

Posted by Kayla Castro
Jul 29 2014


Some folks really enjoy hearing coaches talk through movements/logistics/WOD plans/the meaning of life, etc. Some folks want to read what’s on the whiteboard and be left alone. We try to find a middle ground. What I am certain of is that we as coaches need to a) ensure everyone in the class has a basic level of understanding of what we’re doing in any given workout, and b) need to maximize the time athletes are practicing CrossFit. You’re not going to benefit from a coach talking the whole hour just like you wouldn’t learn to play the violin just listening to somebody talk about it.

What I found pretty interesting growing up playing baseball up to the Division I level is the higher level I was playing, the less the coaches “coached”. They told us what to do generally, like “we’re taking batting practice” but by the time I was playing semi-pro leagues in high school, our coach talked to us directly (i.e., coached) hardly at all. When I got to Division I, the coaches talked to us maybe once a week. What we focused on at this level is practicing and the coaches worked on structuring that practice for the max benefit. It was about repetition, repetition, repetition. While there is certainly value add from having somebody look at your form, talk through injury concerns, and give scaling advice, I think the best thing we can do in the hour we have you is prepping you for CrossFit and then get as much repetition as we can in practicing CrossFit.


[Originally posted Potomac CrossFit 140211]

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