We recently met up with Julie Foucher to talk about how we met, how we found CrossFit and where we’re at in life now.
Taz’s athletic background, finding CrossFit and starting an affiliate
Pat’s athletic background, collegiate sports and finding CrossFit through high school volleyball
The Glassmans, CrossFit Santa Cruz and the early days of CrossFit media
Working at NorCal CrossFit, and fostering coaching talent
Setting up systems so that everyone knows what they’re responsible for
Our thoughts on coaching, programming and continuing education
How we managed 60+ coaches in the Bay Area
Our mistakes with coaching development
Learning from our kids
Competing in the CrossFit Games individually and on teams
Three things we do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on our health
One thing we struggle to implement that could have a big impact on our health
What a healthy life looks like to us
We also talk about emotional intelligence and coaching, which is something we feel very strongly about:
“The strongest thing a coach can have is a high level of emotional intelligence. So the ability to connect with people and see what they need and where they’re currently at. Whether it be where they’re currently at in life, or where they’re currently at in their progression through a movement, the ability to feel and sense the subtlety of human emotion is hands down the most important quality a coach can have.”
– Pat Barber
Jerred Moon, of End of Three Fitness, is a strength and conditioning coach who runs a business and podcast focused on developing better humans. He coaches and writes programming, but his goals go beyond getting people healthier. He wants people to move more, be more productive, be more positive, and think critically. We both want people to be stronger, faster, smarter, kinder and happier. And we both believe we can help people be better humans by coaching fitness because we both understand that coaches coach people through a lot more than just deadlifts. We are counselors, mentors and friends to those who trust us.
So I was excited to go on his podcast and talk about building better humans. In the interview, I discuss:
– My thoughts on the L2 and L3 seminars.
– Why I believe awareness, or paying attention to how people respond to you, is the key to jumping ahead as a coach.
– Emotional intelligence (EQ) and coaching.
– My favorite Games memories.
– Why I believe in always assuming positive intent.
– My one tip for becoming a better coach (and human).
I recently talked with Stacey and Matty of The Chief Life Podcast about the beginnings of CrossFit in Santa Cruz, New Zealand and Australia (which is where they live). Then we dove into a bunch of other stuff:
How I interview coaches, plus my hiring process.
How the coaching development program at NCFit evolved to lead 60 coaches in the Bay Area. We briefly discuss a few things we incorporated into the program, such as weekly meetings with coaches, knowledge packages with articles and learning material, a coaching summit, and so on.
How you might cater the material of your coaching development program to the two different types of coaches at your gym: lifers and part-timers.
Why I think session plans are such a great tool for coaches.
My opinion on the importance of competitions and competitors in CrossFit, and how they can impact a community for better or worse.
The parallels between effective coaching and effective parenting. And how we all need to do a better job of owning our part in the situation when something goes wrong.
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
Taz and I talked with Joy and Claire from the “girls gone wod” podcast about programming, marriage hacks and the mistake of prioritizing competitors over your other members. We get real on some big issues like programming too much in the hour, and how to walk that fine line between giving-in to what members want or saying ‘no’ because you have their best interest at heart. This is one of the hardest things for gym owners — deciding whether to cater your methodologies to what people want (like more cardio, or a daily strength and metcon program) or going with what’s really best for members, even if they don’t like it. In this podcast episode, we lay it all out there so you can hear exactly what kind of challenges we’ve had and how we’ve dealt with these issues.