Coaching Challenge: Clients Who “Need More”

Pat Barber Coaching Challenges

One of the things I hear at a lot of CrossFit facilities is “I need more.”

More lifting. More difficulty. More workout (less warm-up).


A few members might need more.⠀

Maybe.

Usually, though, it’s because they don’t go hard enough in a workout.

To show them how intensity feels, have them do The 10 Burpees Test.

Step ONE: Have the person do 10 burpees nice and slow.

Then, have them pay attention to how they feel after those 10 burpees.

Step TWO: Once they’ve recovered, have them do 10 burpees as fast as they possibly can.

Then, have them pay attention to how they feel after those 10 burpees.

If this isn’t how they feel after workouts, they’re not going fast enough.⠀


What you’re seeing (and they’re feeling) is doing the same amount of work in less time, and that’s how we get results.

A lot of people don’t go hard enough and think they need more.

More is not always better.

In fact, it can create a whole lot of problems.

What they need is education on intensity. And then, they need to move from “knowing” to “doing” by actually maintaining intensity in their workouts.

Short story shorter: Make people push. That’s your job.⠀


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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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