Beyond the Barbell, Episode 97

Pat Barber Coaching, Coaching Development, Gym Management, Podcast Interviews

While in Miami for my first Wodapalooza experience, which was awesome, I met up with Ben Alderman & Blair Morrison of the Beyond the Barbell podcast to talk about developing coaches.

Here’s what we discussed:
– the current definition of “coach” and how I want to change it
– emotional intelligence (and how it applies to coaching CrossFit)
– what to look for in a potential coach (how to choose a coach)
– the road trip test (for hiring coaches)
– what to do when a coach just isn’t getting it
– my evaluation process for reviewing coaches
– my system for managing 60 coaches in the Bay Area
– why I believe my wife’s session plans are what made me a better coach
– how session plans force coaches to develop their knowledge

Please give the episode a listen and then let me know what you think: Beyond the Barbell, Episode 97 — Coaching a Coach


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About the Author
Pat Barber

Pat Barber

You might know me from the CrossFit Games, where I’ve competed since 2008, but I have also been the Head of Coaches Development for one of the largest CrossFits in the world. I have the honor of being one of the few L4 coaches, and I still love teaching L1s and L2s for CFHQ (I’ve put about 15,000 coaches through their L1’s). I'm husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, and a father who loves surfing, Magic: The Gathering, knife making and good coffee.

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