Want to play coach? Let’s not and say you did! Just kidding, but seriously - who wants to take on that kind of responsibility if you don’t have to? Believe it or not, our coaches voluntarily went through training and actively pursue their position/s as a head coach.
Just so you have some frame of reference: our coaches are not random. They all come from within house. They have done and been a product of our program for a good length of time. At some point, they have referenced something in them that hungers to learn more and give back to the community that they attribute much of their success to.
The road to become a coach at Humble Beast CrossFit is nothing shy of intense. Coaches all endure 3-6 months of shadowing and another 3-6 months as an assistant coach, where they are systematically groomed to flourish within their own identity as a coach at Humble Beast. With that being said, they have earned the right and responsibility to do their job. Please allow them to do just that, and enjoy not having to do so.
The one thing we need to clear up is the thought or notion of being wrong for not giving a fellow peer workout advice. You wouldn’t “tap” your neighbor’s clicker at Soul Cycle, you wouldn’t coach your neighbor on Barry’s Boot Camp treads, and you surely wouldn’t reposition your neighbor in your favorite yoga class. The difference is usually the word “neighbor” versus “friend.” That’s right. Until now, you probably never realized that Humble Beast is full of your friends. People you respect and appreciate; the other gym fads are not. It’s easier to mind your business at fad gyms, than at a place like Humble Beast where you feel a sense of obligation, ownership or even responsibility.
We know functional movement is not your area of expertise, so do not feel the need to act as such! Here is what happens when you take it upon yourself to coach each other:
1. You undermine the coach.
2. You give yourself way more credit than you should.
3. You are potentially giving the wrong advice and leading to…
4. …potentially hurting your friend.
5. You are taking away from your own workout.
6. You may be making others feel uncomfortable as they may feel the need to also give critique.
We’re not saying don’t encourage or give the obvious advice like, “That looks too heavy,” “Maybe you shouldn’t be bleeding,” or “You look confused.” This all leads to the main piece of advice, “You should ask coach.” Yes, when in doubt just ask us! In a 60-minute class (with 10 minutes being instruction), the remaining 50 minutes divided amongst the average 8-10 person class, leaves 4-5 minutes per person of coaching. It isn’t a ton of time, so the coaches are usually giving quick advice that will help you grow marginally as a lifter. This system works, as it is marginal! It is a step-by-step, level-by-level approach to movement adherence.
Everyone will be at different levels and get different cues. The coaches know this by observing and coaching you! Learn to appreciate that our coaches will individualize (as they are trained to do) their coaching tactics with you, rather than stand with a microphone and shout general “to dos.”
If all this sounds good, and you’re on board with our coaches doing their job but still don’t know how to tell your friends to stop giving you unsolicited advice, here is the winning one liner: “Thanks for that advice, BUT THE COACH, is having me work on this (insert cue here).” That is a nice way to tell someone to mind their business and to help you focus on the cues that the trained, educated and paid coaches are trained, educated and paid to do. Enjoy being a client and let the coaches enjoy being coaches!