by J. HUMENAY
Unlike peddling away for hours on an elliptical machine, giving the person next to you a run for their money on a treadmill, or developing a good sense of rear rash from spinning or rowing, HIIT training requires significantly more brain power (as well as physical effort). In fact, that’s one of biggest reasons many would-be-athletes let fear get the better of them and never set foot in a CrossFit box, much less attempt to figure out what all of those movements are referenced in Googled WODs. But with the right match of coach and client, the sky is the limit.
But what if you’re not new to the HIIT world? What if you get your rear in gear at a CrossFit box several times a week and can recite Fran and your times for her without a second thought? Surely you’d have no use for a trainer.
Myth #1: “It’s Too Expensive.”
Coaches can also be very helpful in rehabbing an athlete from an injury or illness. The temptation is always to dive back in and push too hard. Sometimes it’s handy to have someone else holding the reins. No matter how great your class is, it’s still a class, and the coaches need to spread their attention wider than the person who has eyes on you. Most trainers also offer at least one free meet-and-greet type session where you can see if you are a good match. We always tend to find ways to work out funding for things that we see as invaluable to us. For athletes (budding or experienced), a good coach is platinum in the bank.
Myth #2: “All They Do Is Yell at You.”
Maybe you’ve watched The Biggest Loser one too many times, but most teachers don’t get anywhere with yelling — even if it’s a second grade teacher. Unless, of course, that’s the personality type you need.