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Shitty Coaching Trifecta

As many of you may know, several of the coaches at Power Athlete HQ also double as CrossFit Football Seminar Staff.  I am one of those coaches. The goal of our seminar, in conjunction with ensuring attendees know how to effectively implement our program, is to make better coaches.

Although this is a generic and broad sounding goal, we dedicate an entire lecture called "Coach's Responsibility" to just that.  Rome wasn't built in two days, and nor will perfect coaches miraculously emerge from our weekend knowledgefest, but we aim to scratch the surface at the very least.  Recently, I was reminded of just how influential a coach can be in  their own athlete's success or failure.

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A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.

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10 Responses to Shitty Coaching Trifecta

  1. Nice write up Cali. Thought you handled that situation well. On a positive note, it was good for everyone to get an in person example of the “shitty coach trifecta”.

    I had to work with said attendee during the squat and deadlift demo, what a pleasure that was.

  2. @cali. I would have loved to have seen you stand your ground against that jerk. I’ve met his “kind” before–sounds like 95% ego but I’m sure there was some stupidity and laziness in him too. As usual, very well written.

  3. Thanks for the write-up, Cali.

    I found this helpful both from an athlete’s and from a coach’s perspective. That ego thing is difficult to deal with, no matter which side you are on.

    BUT, as much as I liked your blog article, I have one major problem with it. The Yeti is from the Himalayas in Nepal. The Sasquatch is from the Pacific Northwest.

  4. @cali.

    Primo article and well written.

    My wife and I were at a box that exemplified…yes f’n exemplified your trifecta. Yup. We wised up and moved on.

    My wonderful badassery wife who is in the medical profession (PT) and former D1 athlete (field hockey at the University of Maryland) has dealt with the same at our former gym. Especially from unqualified owners that “stayed at a Holiday Inn last night”.

    Yeah. We have stories to kick around the campfire.

    Thanks for the reminder. I plan on sharing the article to my fellow trainers at our new box.

    In Praxis We Trust,


  5. You need one of these at your seminars… http://youtu.be/RzToNo7A-94

  6. The “Laziness” section is wildly apparent with kids. When I’m trying to get my daughter to jump across crash mats, roll, or whatever during her gymnastics class, my level of enthusiasm (and active participation) directly correlates to hers.

  7. I was at this particular seminar! Awesome article.

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