4 Things Athletes Do That Drive Coaches Nuts

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1) Talking/spacing out during whiteboard time
Talking to your buddy about how you totally PR’d your front squat yesterday can wait until after the coaches are finished explaining the WOD. Not only does it distract newer members from listening to information they need, but it distracts the coaches as well. Sometimes coaches forget things they wanted to say because they’re too focused on talking over you. Shut up, please. Conversely, wondering if you left your toaster on at home doesn’t do you much good either. Whiteboard time is for the athletes, not for the coaches, pay attention.

2) Playing 20 questions right before the WOD
Coaches usually ask the class if they have any questions about the WOD at the end of whiteboard time. That is the time to ask any questions you might have. Not only will it help newer members learn terminology faster, but it might answer questions other members didn’t think of asking. Hearing “What’s the workout again?” or “The snatch is the wide-grip one, right?” during the 10 second countdown is like nails on a chalkboard to a coach. Not only does it force the coaches to stop the class, it makes the coaches feel like they’re wasting their time and it probably means you were committing offense #1.

3) Coaching other members
It’s the job of the coach to monitor athlete technique and movement standards, not yours. It’s all well and good when you try to help a newer member learn a more advanced movement, but chances are the coach is more knowledgable. Instead of running the risk of injuring a new member because of improper coaching, tell the member to wait while you bring a coach over to do what they are paid to do. Improper coaching can lead to bad habits and coaches spend enough time breaking those as it is.

4) Not following the programming
Coaches spend a lot of time and energy developing a program for the Box to follow as a community. Some boxes have multiple programs targeted towards competitors, general population, Olympic lifters, sport-specific athletes, etc. Decide which program you are going to follow and stick with it. Mixing and matching your Box’s programming with another Box’s programming or even another program at your Box will usually result in an athlete missing the desired effect of either program as designed by the coach or coaches who developed it. Not only does it insult the coaches, but it will hurt you as an athlete in the long run.

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