We all want to be awesome. We all want to continually improve and hit PR's and help each other be the very best versions of ourselves. It's contagious. We all get excited about this wonderful thing called CrossFit that we spend a fair bit of our life doing and want everybody else to experience how great it is too. Who wouldn't, it is amazing. People lose weight, get stronger both physically and mentally, and improve their quality of life to levels they didn't think were possible. That's what we're all here for. As a gym we love that - a community that supports and pushes each other.
Sometimes however, there is a time and a place for certain things that may detract from the overall goal. I'm referring to the distinction of coaching versus encouraging other classmates during classes. Everyone has ideas and things that they think about, or have seen, that have helped them nail a skill, like double unders or snatches, that they can't help but want to share with others if they see them struggling. It's a natural extension of the great supportive community we have at Southern CrossFit, and that's fine. We get that. During coached classes however, we ask that the technical coaching be left to the coaches. The coaches do mention the technical points when going through the movements, sometimes we just get numbed to them because we hear them so often, or we're zoning out waiting for the wod to start. Offer words of encouragement sure, throw a couple of quiet nuggets of gold in here or there sure, but trying to help fellow class mates with technical coaching points - during a class - can distract other athletes and even disrupt the whole class if the lead trainer is trying to explain something.
We know everyone means well and just wants to help. By all means cheer-on and encourage fellow classmates as much as you want. We encourage that. If you find yourself in open gym throwing down a bro-sesh and you see your bro with an early arm-bend on their snatches, sure you can pull them up on their less-than-ideal technique (even if Rich Froning does it).
We just ask that during classes it be left to words of encouragement. Let the Coaches coach, it’s what they do best!!
Written by Coach Calen.