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THE PROFESSIONAL COACH

The Professional Coach is a bimonthly email sent to individuals who have attended and passed the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course and those interested in progressing their skills as a fitness trainer.

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Intro: CrossFit and Parkinson’s

A good coach takes the time to learn about their athletes. While the principles of scaling and movement quality always apply, knowing more about an athlete and their condition can help to develop better coach/athlete relationships, and in turn, better results. Mike Giardina (CF-L4) sat down with Melani Dizon, CF-L1 and Director of Education & Content at the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, to talk about the disease and provide insight for coaching athletes with Parkinson’s.

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CrossFit Coaching & Parkinson’s

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“Exercise is the best medicine you can give a Parkinson’s brain and body because when it comes to a return on investment, the return on physical movement is life-changing.” In this masterfully written guide to coaching athletes with Parkinson’s disease, you’ll learn about the condition, how CrossFit can benefit individuals with Parkinson’s, and considerations for training athletes.

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CrossFit and Parkinson's

A good coach takes the time to learn about their athletes. While the principles of scaling and movement quality always apply, knowing more about an athlete and their condition can help to develop better coach/athlete relationships, and in turn, better results. Mike Giardina (CF-L4) sat down with Melani Dizon, CF-L1 and Director of Education & Content at the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, to talk about the disease and provide insight for coaching athletes with Parkinson’s.

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Inside the Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach Performance Evaluation

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The Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4) performance evaluation officially launches for sign up in December!  It’s worth a deep dive into the CF-L4 to explain how we developed this evaluation, give you a sense of what it entails, and tell you why it’s not only groundbreaking within CrossFit, but also within the greater fitness and strength-and-conditioning world. Let’s get into it! 

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Turkey Day Talk

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Group classes provide coaches with a captive audience. While the workout is the focus, reserving 5-10 minutes at the end of class to further your athlete’s understanding of nutrition can go a long way in supporting their efforts toward health and performance.  Watch here as Michele Mootz (CF-L3) teaches her class how to make better decisions at Thanksgiving. Try it in your own group classes.

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An Interview With Graciano Rubio

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Dive into the analytical mind of affiliate owner and coach Rubio Graciano (CF-L2) as he describes the level system he created to develop and motivate well-rounded CrossFitters at his gym. Overlaid with the sickness, wellness, and fitness continuum, this protocol helps athletes to identify weaknesses, stay focused on what matters, and objectively measure and improve their fitness for a lifetime.

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Behavior Change: Social Persuasion, and Emotional and Physical States

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CrossFit’s goal is to increase health, happiness, and performance. Ground zero for this mission is the CrossFit affiliate. The job of the coach and affiliate owner is no small task. It requires a commitment to changing behavior, inspiring athletes every day, and building confidence so athletes can realize long-term improvements in pursuit of this goal. In the final installment of this three-part series, we will focus on using social persuasion, and emotional and physical states as a way to increase an athlete’s self-belief. 

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Returning to Play after Having a Baby

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Whether you’ve never had the opportunity to coach a pregnant or postpartum athlete, or you’ve coached hundreds, this article provides context and perspective that will prove useful to any coach. Just as no two athletes are the same, no two postpartum recoveries are identical, and coaches need to be armed with a considerate and professional approach to coaching these athletes back to full strength. 

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Dueling Lesson Plans: The Interview, Episode 2

Continuing with our theme of “there’s no one way to do it right,” we bring you the second edition of Dueling Lesson Plans. Here’s how it works: We ask two coaches to write their own lesson plans for the same workout without seeing the other’s work. As you’ll see, the nuts and bolts of what each of them came up with are essentially the same, but how each decided to warm up the movements, present scaling options, and more, are specific to their coaching, the athletes they work with, and individual style. 

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Dueling Lesson Plans, Episode 2

Continuing with our theme of “there’s no one way to do it right,” we bring you the second edition of Dueling Lesson Plans. Here’s how it works: We ask two coaches to write their own lesson plans for the same workout without seeing the other’s work. As you’ll see, the nuts and bolts of what each of them came up with are essentially the same, but how each decided to warm up the movements, present scaling options, and more, are specific to their coaching, the athletes they work with, and individual style. 

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