In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:
Hey guys, it is Jason and I want to touch on coaching cues. I go to a CrossFit gym and do open gym versus participating in classes. I do my Field Strong programming between classes. I observe these classes and the coaches are on their phones the whole time or not paying attention to people. They shout stupid things like, “up, up, up”, when the person has to stand up. Wanting to get your opinion on cuing and the coaching that is going on here.
Do Less. Do Less. Well, now you’re not doing anything!
Everyone has a gym horror story of seeing human sacrifices under a barbell or unengaged GroupFit-ness coaches scrolling through their phones while blindly shouting the same cue to 15 different pairs of deaf ears. These are the coaches who are thinking, “their knees didn’t drive out the first 15 times, better shout it louder this time”.
That makes total sense… PAUSE NOT!
Communication and connection are two oft neglected components of coaching passed over for a list of magical cues, that when spoken to an athlete should fix the poor movement they display while under stress. Alas, they wont. In this Power Athlete Radio exposé, Luke & Tex explore teaching, coaching, and evaluating movement in way that expands the bandwidth of coaches and trainers so they can effectively communicate, connect, and cue their clients.
READ NOW: How The “Knees-Out” Cue Caused Your Knee Pain by Dr. Matt Zanis
Empower Your Performance
Have you been squatting on questions for John, Luke and Tex? Maybe you have asked around, and just can’t land on a straight answer. Take a breather, give us a call, and let us do the leg work.
The Power Athlete Radio hotline is OPEN! Dial (929) ING – ING0, leave us a detailed message, and we’ll get to work on finding you answers!
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Tagged: coaching / Communication / Cueing / Cues / Effective Communication / External Focus / Internal Focus / nonverbal communication
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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