Developing proficient CrossFit coaching

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  • Double-Under Cues from Dan Bailey

    One of the skills I’m trying to learn as a coach is how to take information on progressions or technique and turn in them into the short, direct cues that are helpful to athletes in the throes of a WOD. Let’s use this double-under instruction from Dan Bailey and takeaway three cues from it. Our […]

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  • Epictetus on Becoming a Better Coach

    I’m sure he meant this as becoming a better person. But I think it’s fitting to coaches in particular. If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid with regard to external things. Don’t wish to be thought to know anything; and even if you appear to be somebody important to […]

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  • Practice Whiteboard Brief 05052022

    One of the values for is to “Show Your Work.” I don’t have the opportunity to coach any classes yet, but I’m continuing to practice the elements of leading classes on my own. One element is the whiteboard brief. I took a rest day on Thursday and used part of that time I wasn’t […]

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care and respect

All athletes deserve a coach who cares for their well-being and respects the effort they exert.

be effective

Effective exercise is not easy. Sometimes it’s not simple. It may come with risks. The coach must make it accessible and worthwhile for their athlete.

Show your work

No coach can reach everyone. But resources shared openly might help anyone.

Always be learning

Take lessons from coaches of all disciplines. Seek truth and eschew dogma. Be willing to change your mind.

About Coach in Progress

Alex Gustafson, CF-L1

Coach in Progress is the project of budding CrossFit coach Alex Gustafson. Alex began his fitness journey in earnest in the fall of 2019 when he realized he needed to set his ego aside and listen to coaches. He earned his CrossFit Level 1 certificate in September 2021.