I had a fantastic weekend in London completing the Crossfit level 2 course. It was long days as i had to take the train in each morning but the course was well run & kept me engaged. Add to that the staff were great and the majority of coaches were box owners and top coaches so I really enjoyed it.
About the course
The Crossfit level 2 training course is designed for experienced coaches to take their coaching to the next level, to run group crossfit classes to a high level and ensure your athletes are improving and fix all their faults.
Day 1 covers the key parts of being a good coach, and goes into detail on all these with demonstrations. It then goes into how to coach an individual focusing on: how to teach them, spot faults & correct faults. We then had to do this in front of the group and were assessed on our ability to coach and given feedback. The day also included a crossfit class where we all got coached by a top coach Mccay. He was then assessed so we could see how his session was good and what could have been improved.
On Day 2 we were taking the coaching upto groups and taught & assessed on this. We were all given homework and it was great to see how we had all already improved. They also went over programming, and we did some programming as a group. The day finished with a strength session again making us do the class and teaching us what a great class feels like.
What I learned
Coaches relearning to coach
The course was nothing radical, and having coached and aspired to be a great coach for years I had a lot of the skills already. But I have not been applying them all together in a nice structured way, I also now know what I am aiming for to be an even better coach.
The course really teaches you a simple system for how to coach and run your box, it clarifies what truly matters and holds you accountable to this. Not the weights lifted or the scores, but the technique. This is the most important thing, are people moving well and safely to the best of their ability.
It was simple stuff, go back to the 9 fundamental movements and make sure everyone has mastered those:
Over head squat
Medicine ball clean
Sumo deadlift high pull
There is so many small but important elements of these movements that we need to coach better. As these improve so will every other movements.
They taught us to be relentless in seeking out these faults and fixing these, to work on your coaches eye and where and what ti look for. The more I do this and the team does this the better we will get at spotting them and helping to correct them.
The frame work of working in small groups and mastering your coaching and getting feedback is now something I will be doing with my coaching team on a regular bases. This will help me improve as an athlete & a coach.
Thanks & check out these gyms
Overtime i complete a course I learn lots but also get a fantastic passion back for coaching. This course was like that and more because everyone was on it to become a great coach.
Big thanks to everyone on the coaching course, I made some good friends and they have some great boxes around the country and Europe so if your ever in any of these places check them out:
Carl, Andrew & Chris – From Crossfit Colchester
Mike & Alexis from crossfit Perpetual in London
Lawson – Crossfit East rocks
Arend – Crossfit Dawn in London
Sam – The Hot gates crossfit in Bedford
Alex – Crossfit 1066 in Hastings
Barney – Crossfit Bear Walden in Safron walden
Rory – Atlantic way Crossfit in Wales
John – Crossfit Watford & his blog is a Nomadic Crossfiter
Doug – Crossfit Silk in Macclesfield
David -Intouch crossfit in London
John – Crossfit Herning in Denmark
Naomi – CrossFit Fareham in Portsmouth
Denis – Performance Gym Alkmaar in Holland
Barney, David, John & Sam
Naomi & Dennis