Finally a Coach, But so Much to Learn


Last week, I did something I never dreamed I would do when I first started my CrossFit journey: I coached a class. 

I know I’ve talked about interning in 2017 and the shadowing I did, but a part of me never felt quite ready to take the lead. Until my Affiliate owner said, “You’re ready” and scheduled me to coach. Because in all honesty, I’m the type of person who never thinks I’m there when often I’ve arrived and just won’t get out of the car. Usually, someone has to give me a loving shove out the door. 

So there I was last Tuesday night, standing before a class of two athletes — I was given the smallest class to cut my teeth on, which I am thankful for. My mentor/Coach/Affiliate owner watched from the corner as I began to lead the athletes through their warm up, teaching them the deadlift and keeping them safe in the workout. 

At the end of the class, the Affiliate owner came up to me. He gave me a high five and a key to the gym. It was a moment of pure elation when he told me how proud he was and how good of a job I did. Frankly, I’m still stunned I did it. 

It’s been a long road; it’s been a challenging road. I remember sucking wind in my first month, longing for the workout to be over. I remember looking at my Coaches, wondering how in the world they got to where they were. I was inspired by them, by their dedication; I never imagined I would become one of them.  

And yet here I am, coaching evening classes at the Box that grew me up into the person I am today. I know some of you have ideas on that — on hiring members to be your staff — but I can tell you I have paid my dues to earn the trust and respect of members who have been around longer than me. I have been in the gym, building community and showing people I care for years. Even when I coached a member last week who I had worked out alongside for years, we were at ease with our new roles.  

But, I am far from the best Coach I can be. I have so much to learn, and I know this path is one of length, humility and seeking education. So, I have to ask: If you could give me one Coaching tip, Affiliate, what would it be? In all of your years caring for and teaching your members, what is one thing you would pass on? 

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at