Talking or Listening Coaches
What is more important for coaches: The mouth or the ears?
Most people would assume that your voice is the most important tool as a coach.
You give people directions.
You tell them what to fix.
You yell at them to slow down (or go faster).
You talk to them about what they should be eating (and what they should not).
You describe how they can change their habits.
But the truly great coaches… the ones that focus on the relationship just as much as the technical side… they listen more than t…
Hitting the Wall
We’ve all experienced it.
Everything is going well.
We are sticking to our plans and making progress toward our goals.
We hit a wall.
Our motivation runs dry.
Unexpected obstacles keep getting in the way.
We lose focus.
This is something that happens during long workouts, but it also happens with our goals and routines.
We set new routines for our Resolutions. We try to forge habits that will take us toward our goals.
“The Wall”, or “The Dip”, is almost guaranteed if you are sign…
One of the most important things we do with potential members and new members is build trust.
- When trust is established, people sign up faster, and are more likely to pay upfront.
- When trust is established, people are more likely to do what you tell them (and get better results).
- When trust is established, people are going to tell their friends to come and see you.
A critical first step to building trust is to not assume that others build trust as you do or that they understand the depth…
CrossFits Red Pill and Blue Pill
One of the best parts about CrossFit and trying to be good at everything:
We learn to appreciate everyone’s unique strengths and abilities.
“Sally may not be the leanest, but have you seen her deadlift?”
“Joe has trouble squatting, but he can do pull-ups like nobody’s business!”
“Did you hear about Katie’s 5k time? Unbelievable.”
“Steve is so jacked!”
“Melissa has such a crazy schedule; I don’t know how she finds the time to make it in!”
“Mike’s burpees are insane, I don’t …
One of the things that make CrossFit training different than everything that came before it is a deliberate effort to make us focus on what we aren’t good at.
You can’t avoid these things in a good CF program.
You are constantly reminded and frustrated, by them.
It takes an enormous amount of character to face your least favorite things, your worst things, and do them routinely, with the intent of getting better.
To be honest with yourself.
To recognize there is a problem. And fix it.
11 Habits of Highly Successful Gym Goers
“Do I want to be better?”
It is a simple question.
But before you answer it you must think hard about what it really means.
A better question might be:
“Am I willing to put in the work, and the sacrifices, to be better?”
There is one thing across all people who are successful in our gym that seems to be consistent across all personalities, tastes, walks of life…
They answer YES to this question.
It is a unifying characteristic that allows the 80-year-old grandma to get respect from the 25…
Jesus, Webcam Girls, Gyms, and the Oil Embargo of 1973
I assure you… the title is not clickbait. (Refill you coffee or adult beverage, this is a long one. It might be a good idea to bookmark it to review again in the future because understanding it can change your whole perspective on coaching and leadership… -jj)
There are some important lessons we can take from these things if we look at them through the lens of a single principle. A principle that most (if not all) successful coaches, gyms, mentors, and businesses follow (whether they know it…
Managing Risk When Opening the Gym Back Up
When it comes to opening back up under limited capacity, there are a ton of great resources that gyms/mentor groups have been putting out. It is up to you to decide when you want to open up, and what protections specifically you want to put into place. Today we are going to cover some bigger principles, some recommendations, and what the real purpose to opening back up early is.
Remember that opening back up is an exercise in risk management. You will want to balance the benefits of opening u…
How to Go From CrossFit Class Coach to Top Notch Personal Training Wiz
Are you (or your CrossFit class coaches) nervous about coaching personal training sessions?
Are you asking yourself: "How is a 1-on-1 different than a class?"
Or maybe: "How can I provide the best value as a Personal Trainer?"
I've met hundreds of CrossFit coaches who have never taught a one on one session before. Many were totally comfortable coaching a class of 10-15 people, but got sweaty palms thinking about what to do for an hour with a single individual paying a dollar a minute (or mor…
Drawing Back the String
Many gyms are getting excited about being open again. That is great!
But before we go charging down that path, we need to step back and do some strategic work.
“To launch the arrow, first you must draw back the string.”
This article is less about what are going to be the best practices for a ‘soft launch’ of opening up your physical space and more about what re-structuring you can do during the shut down and as you ramp back up. How you can ‘draw the string’ to launch your business to an even…