Patients frequently raise their eyebrows when they hear I participate and coach Crossfit classes. The fad, which 10 years later seems to be sticking around, has undoubtedly had an incredible positive impact on thousands of individuals. However, many have left a month into Crossfit with only a shoulder injury to show for it. Here are some tips from a physical therapist and Crossfit gym enthusiast as to what to look for in a Crossfit gym.
1: Qualified Coaches
Letters after a coaches’ name and a list of certifications often require only a hefty pricetag and a weekend to obtain. I have seen many USAW coaches who cannot teach a good snatch and others with only a Crossfit Level One who are much better. However, lots of letters do show that the ownership of the gym takes education seriously and has made both a value-based and financial commitment to the growth of their coaches.
2: Balance in programming
It’s easy to make people sweat. Throwing endless burpees at a class is not a measure of a good coach. If everyone in the class has back pain on deadlift day and their shoulders hurt during pullups, it’s time to find a new Crossfit gym.
3: Frequent feedback
Take a class. If the coach is not modifying the class to your level, get out! Crossfit HQ states Crossfit is infinitely scaleable, and it is. However, many coaches don’t have the prerequisite biophysiological and psychosocial education to know how to scale to both your physical restrictions and more importantly, CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IM SAYING needs.