We are coaches not cheerleaders
We Are Coaches Not Cheerleaders
Don’t get me wrong, one of the main practices and priorities of coaches is to encourage athletes; however, this aspect is not meant to undermine simple instruction. Athletes get coached in the gym, but in the moment don’t necessarily listen. As an athlete, it is critical to be coachable. Not only from a performance perspective, but financially this is what you are paying for. The most exceptional, progress obtaining athletes have the ability to balance the praise as well as the feedback they receive from coaches. At Reignited Fitness we put effort into the instruction that we give and desire our athletes to put in the same effort to implement the suggested changes in movement, strategy, and whatever else a class may consist of. Here are some ways to do such:
1. Listen Attentively
Within someone’s normal domain it is easy to overlook the value of coaching that is going on right in front of them. Try to be as active in your listening as you are in your workout. Yes, in the heat of the moment when your heart is racing, the clock is ticking, and you are trying to put up a solid score for the whiteboard this is a difficult task. Realize that one simple cue could lead to, as drastic as it sounds, a lifetime of improved movement. Don’t trade what you want now for what you want most. The majority of the time it will be necessary to stop what you are doing and give the coach your full attention. Through this practice you can really soak in all of the instruction and realize that in this moment you are indeed being coached. Afterwards, if there was a tactile or verbal cue that worked well for you, write it down. Athletes internalize things in different ways. Keep an inventory of your fixes.
2. Ask Questions
The questions that seem the most miniscule may have the most significant effect; not only on your individual performance, but for the entire class. If you are thinking it, somebody else most likely is as well. In addition to typical questions, ask clarifying questions in response to the feedback a coach gives you to ensure you fully understand. For example, Coach: “Keep the bar close.” Athlete: “Close as in making contact with our body, or close as in just a hair away from making contact?” Questions like this are great and provoke an even more meticulous response. In addition, as coaches it holds us accountable with the attention to detail that we give our cues.
3. Get Eyes On You
Before class, talk to your coach about something in the upcoming workout that may be challenging for you. This way the coach will be cognizant of such and can analyze your movement. If you feed off of social facilitation, ask for attention mid lift / mid workout from your coach. This will put the pressure from the audience on you and may serve as an adrenal rush to help you overcome a specific barrier. Do this in moderation of course as all athletes deserve the same amount of attention. In addition to these pre and intra workout rituals, stay after class. Pick your coaches’ brains. Allow them to get into more detail about the fixes or recommendations they made for you. This is a great chance to get the “why” of the cues you received.
Coaching is what differentiates CrossFit as an industry from all other commercial gyms. As an athlete, make sure you are doing all that you can to reap the full benefits of such coaching. Your coaches at Reignited Fitness could not be more excited for the opportunities they have day after day to serve you as a coach. As we strive to make you all better athletes, we hope that you will do the same in making us better coaches; therefore allowing us to truly express our passion for such.