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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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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The Power of Competition

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Often overlooked as a tool for coaches to help athletes progress their health and fitness, competitions such as the CrossFit Open through to local throwdowns illuminate the CrossFit methodology and concepts we work to teach our athletes every day in group classes. If you haven’t considered the benefits of suggesting competition to your athletes, check this out!

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Building Technique From the Ground Up, Part 2: Foot Placement With External Load

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In Part 2 of Building Technique From the Ground Up, Lon Kilgore, Ph.D., discusses why we must teach foot placement specific to movements and how external loads factor into the equation.     “Another critical element of understanding the body’s stability and movement efficiency during exercise is that external loads have to be factored into where the center of mass is located. Any consideration of center of mass must include any object supported and moved by the body; it is a system, a combined mass.”

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Why Don’t You Just Say Jump?

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In 1981, Coach B was using the same process to teach the Olympic lifts as he does today — top down, junkyard dog, incentivizing good technique, and the Burgener warm-up — although at that time, it wasn’t called the Burgener warm-up.  While Coach B’s teaching methods and weightlifting course have evolved over the years, the foundation remains the same. 

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An Interview With Mike Burgener

In this full length interview, Stephane Rochet (CF-L3 and former collegiate strength and conditioning coach at UCLA and the University of San Diego) sat down with the legendary Coach B to talk about coaching philosophy, his childhood, and the many coaches and mentors that shaped his ascension to one of the greatest weightlifting coaches — both inside and outside of CrossFit. Mike Burgener (Coach B) is a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach for the United States. He’s also responsible for the growth and appreciation of the Olympic lifts within CrossFit.

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History of CrossFit's Specialty Courses

Ever wonder how Mike Burgener (Coach B), Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting Coach for USA Weightlifting, became involved with CrossFit? It all started in 2004, when a group of CrossFit Santa Cruz athletes traveled to Southern California to work with Coach B to refine their skills and learn how to teach the movements–lessons applicable for any Professional Coach.

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Building Technique From the Ground Up

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Effective stance and grip refer to advantageous foot and hand positions adopted during a movement. In CrossFit, we rely on two common stances: a hip-width and a shoulder-width stance. Why are these stances critical? Longtime contributor to CrossFit education, Lon Kilgore, Ph.D., explains in a deep dive into building technique from the ground.

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All You Need is a Level 1

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"All you need in order to become a CrossFit trainer or open an affiliate is a weekend seminar." As CrossFit coaches, we’ve heard this criticism before. But pull back the layers and what is often perceived as a criticism is actually something we’re quite proud of here at CrossFit.

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Increasing Self-Efficacy Through Mastery

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Ever had an athlete who doesn’t believe they have the ability to change their nutritional habits, get their first muscle-up, or qualify for the Quarterfinals?  Self-efficacy — an individual’s belief that they can be successful — is one of the most accepted constructs of behavior-change theory. The CrossFit affiliate and coach provide the perfect setting for athletes to increase their self-efficacy through mastery experiences. 

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