CrossFitters In Cars, Episode 4

Pat Barber Coaching, Competitions, CrossFitters in Cars

Rory McKernan and I recently took a drive around Santa Cruz to look for good surf. We found some :) and used the drive to discuss CrossFit media, the Games and coaching. Rory leads the creative direction of the Games’ media efforts and he’s THE host of the CrossFit Games. Plus… our kids are play-date-sters.

Here’s what we discussed—

Question #1 (8:41)
What advice do you give to members who want to try a competition? With so many competitions out there, are you sometimes cautious about encouraging people to compete?

Question #2 (12:50)
What do you think is the biggest positive of the CrossFit Games?

Question #3 (17:22)
How does HQ decide which athletes to follow?

Question #4 (20:56)

What is your one CrossFit regret?

Question #5 (29:39)
When you are coaching a class, do you focus on being funny as much as you focus on quality movement?

Question #6 (33:36)
How does one get started coaching or solicit mentoring?


And that’s all folks! Thanks for giving the episode a listen. As always, if I share anything that doesn’t work for you, please take what you can use and throw the rest away.

LINKS/RESOURCES
Rory’s Instagram
The CrossFit Games

And remember — to keep the show going, we need new questions! Yes, from YOU. So bring it!

CrossFitters In Cars, Episode 3

Pat Barber Coaching, Competitions, CrossFitters in Cars, GPP, Gym Management

I recently kidnapped Mike Cazayoux and drove him around Santa Cruz to pick his brain on mindset and coaching tactics. As you probably already know, Mike is the CEO and Director of Strength and Conditioning for Brute Strength. Yes, his apartment is made of rich mahogany. And yes, he is kind of a big deal.

Here’s what we discussed —

Question #1 (7:45)
How do you deal with athletes who constantly beat themselves up?

Question #2 (20:28)
How do you prevent burnout?

Question #3 (29:33)
When encouraging intensity, why would you push someone to do a big set only to fight fatigue through the finish?

Question #4 (36:09)
What are some tactics for getting more clients into the gym?

Question #5 (48:28)
What are the most important qualities to have if you want to be a programmer or coach?


LINKS
Mike’s Instagram
Brute Strength
Mike’s podcast episode with Justin Suá (the Mental Skills Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox)

And remember — to keep the show going, we need new questions! Yes, from YOU. So bring it!

CrossFitters In Cars, Episode 2

Pat Barber Coaching, CrossFitters in Cars, Gym Management

I recently flew down to Texas and spent 3 days at a CrossFit L-1 Seminar with a bunch of crazy awesome fools. Then I jumped in the car with Matt Chan, Abi Grove and Matt Lodin to drive Nadia Shatila to the airport. They were kind enough, even after a tiring few days of work and travel, to answer a few questions about coaching and life.

But before I jump into what we discussed, here’s a little background on our carpool —

Matt Chan is a Level 4 Coach who originally took up CrossFit to help improve his endurance as a Denver area firefighter. After four Top 10 finishes at the CrossFit Games (including the runner-up slot in 2012), Chan became a full-time athlete and one of the most popular and knowledgeable veterans in the sport. The man is a beast — he was back squatting 445lbs just five months after a terrible mountain biking accident that could have cost him his leg.

Abi Grove/Dickerson is a powerlifter who trains at Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio, a no-nonsense gym where elite powerlifters train to break world records. Her all-time squat PR is 450… she is amazing!

Matt Lodin is a Level 3 Coach at CrossFit 760 in San Diego. He played collegiate lacrosse at UCSD and got involved with CrossFit right out of school. He also consistently places top 20 at Regionals.

Nadia Shatila is a Level 4 coach and the owner of CrossFit Belltown in Seattle. She’s an ex-gymnastics competitor (on the national level), Top 5 CrossFit Games finisher and one of the most organized and detail-oriented people I know.

BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY: There is a lot of explicit language in this one. Probably not safe for work. There, I said it — you’ve been warned. :)

Here are the questions we discuss (thanks to all who contributed!):

Question #1 (00:32)
How do you deal with negative clients and owners who create a toxic environment?

Question #2 (5:06)
What is your opinion on programming a strength session before every metcon?

* We don’t go in-depth here. That said, listen to Abi. She knows what she’s talking about. If you want to hear more about this subject, listen to this interview where I talk with CrossFit by Design about Abi’s answer and why Taz and I don’t program a strength + metcon every day.

Question #3 (05:53)
How do you balance life, business and training?

Question #4 (10:18)
How do you stay motivated when every day feels like Groundhog’s Day?

Question #5 (18:18)
When it comes to retaining clients, what’s the most important thing you should do?


And that’s all folks! Thanks for giving the episode a listen. As always, if I share anything that doesn’t work for you, please take what you can use and throw the rest away.

LINKS AND RESOURCES
Matt Chan’s Instagram and competitor programming: Train for the Win
Abi’s Instagram and CrossFit’s “Meet Abi Grove” video
Nadia’s Instagram

And remember — to keep the show going, we need new questions! Yes, from YOU. So bring it!

CrossFitters In Cars, Episode 1.5

Pat Barber Coaching Development, CrossFitters in Cars, Gym Management

Pat and Wes are back for Episode 1.5 of CrossFitters In Cars. This episode is short and sweet, with two questions from the WUWO community.

Question #1 (00:08)
“If you have a coach that always goes over the time for an hour-long class, how do you resolve it?”
We discuss over-coaching, the importance of determining why a coach goes over, and how to manage a class when you go over.

Question #2 (03:56)
“What is the best way to find quality coaches when you don’t have anyone from within your box to recruit?”
We discuss what to do when you can’t offer a big paycheck and benefits, how you can leverage a great gym culture, and why the “car test” might make you rethink your picks.


And that’s all folks! Thanks for giving the episode a listen. As always, if I share anything that doesn’t work for you, please take what you can use and throw the rest away.

Thanks so much for watching! And remember — to keep the show going, we need new questions! Yes, from YOU. So bring it!

LINKS AND RESOURCES
Wes Piatt
Whole Brain Child book
CrossFitters In Cars, Episode 1

CrossFitters in Cars, Episode 1

Pat Barber Competitions, CrossFitters in Cars, GPP

In the first episode of the show, I’m in the car with Wes Piatt, a CrossFit Games competitor, programmer and affiliate owner (of Coast Range CrossFit in Gilroy, Ca). Wes and I cruise around Santa Cruz — looking for waves — as we answer a few questions from the WUWO community.

Question #1 (2:45)
In the Open workouts, when should an athlete opt for the scale?
“We have seen in 16.1 that a lot of athletes just did 18 reps without even attempting, or not having a proper C2b pull-up, just to be ahead on the leaderboard. And in 16.3 we saw lot of 10 rep Rx scores from the snatches only. What’s your take on this as a coach and as an athlete?”

Question #2 (6:03)
How do you manage clients who want more cardio? I need to keep my Barbell Betty’s happy while also managing the Cardio Queens who don’t want to get bulky.
“How do you manage clients that say ‘I want more cardio!’ or ask ‘Why can’t we do two 20 min wods everyday? I need to sweat and I don’t care about barbells!’ This is something I have to deal with and have lost clients over… Keeping the barbell Betty’s happy while managing the ‘I-don’t-wan’t-to-get-bulky’ Cardio Queens… Help me Pat… Have they not heard about constantly varied?”

Question #3 (13:30)
How do I explain to the “average” Crossfitter that’s been doing this for 6-12 months that GPP is really the best, most complete solution for the masses? Members keep asking for more 30-min grinders; how do I get them to perform shorter workouts with higher intensity so that they feel like the workout is hard enough?
“We love the WUWO program. We’ve been customers for a little over 2 months now and we’ve seen our coaching staff really kick it up a notch with their membership focus as a result of not having to worry about how to construct their own session plans. Much to our surprise though, we’ve had members complain that the programming “isn’t challenging enough”… Anyone that has been in the CrossFit game for a while knows that this is pure B.S. and that anything done with the proper intensity can be hard (if you make it hard).

I feel like we are constantly having discussions with our members trying to justify why GPP is the way to go. I also feel like they want to see the super “sexy” grinder style WODs like you see on CompTrain or MisFits every single day. Our higher level athletes love WUWO. We have very few that can consistently do the workouts as Rx+.

But how do I explain to the “average” Crossfitter that’s been doing this for 6-12 months that there isn’t a “magic formula” for programming and GPP is really the best, most complete solution for the masses?”


NOTES
At 28:06 Wes shares how he and his team graph athletes’ intensity and power output (and track it over time). He has a really great system for doing this that is very simple to implement, so definitely give it a listen.

If you’re wondering about Wes’ shoulder, we’ve just learned that he has an 80% tear of the Supraspinatus in his left shoulder, which means he’s bowing out of the 2016 Open to have surgery and heal. It’s a tough break that I can understand (my 2014 Open was ended by appendicitis and emergency surgery). So join me in sending good vibes his way and hoping he has a speedy recovery.

A little heads up — The video is a bit shaky in the beginning because of the bumpy roads, but we eventually moved the camera so motion sickness wouldn’t be the only thing you got out of the show. :) We’re still figuring this stuff out, so thank you in advance for your patience.


THANKS FOR WATCHING

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