As I reflect back on the experience of this 20% project, I can tell that I have progressed as a CrossFit coach. I had hoped to be louder and more confident by watching myself on video, and to be more decisive in my corrections and explanations of the movements. I gave myself a self assessment in the beginning and here it is now that the experience is over. I placed my initial rating in parentheses and my current assessment after it.
1) Feeling comfortable running the warm up: (7) 9
2) Feeling comfortable going over Olympic weight lifting progressions: (5) 7
3) Feeling comfortable going over gymnastic and other progressions: (6) 7
4) Feeling comfortable giving athletes feedback: (6) 7
5) Feeling comfortable identifying movement problems: (5) 8
6) Feeling comfortable giving correcting cues: (4) 7
7) Checking in with all athletes before class starts: (3) 4
8) Feeling adequate connections with athletes in class: (4) 6
9) Feeling like I can “be myself” while coaching: (4) 5
10) Overall coaching confidence: (4) 7
It’s obvious that this experience has helped me improve in all areas of coaching and in increasing my overall confidence as a coach. My peer assessment is reflected in the fact that I have moved from being an apprentice to team coaching teen classes with another coach.
From this experience I have gained a better eye for spotting mistakes. I feel that it has been much easier to spot movement mistakes, especially those that are crucial to an athlete’s safety. I also find that I have a cue, verbal or physical, in order to correct movement mistakes. I also have thought of a lot more movement analogies that have helped athletes correct their movements. I have found that many times I disregard my first instincts, which have turned out to help people or to be the same mistake the other coaches see. I think that having this instinct lets me see the movement errors early on, but my lack of confidence still holds me back. Although I have improved, I see that I still have much more improvement to make. I think that the more I do it, and the more I am around it, the better I will become at trusting my coaching instincts.
Overall, I think that my conclusion is that this experience was a success in improving my skills as a coach. I feel that I have created momentum in my growth that will continue in my life even after this project. I am currently seeking greater coaching opportunities and hope to find ways to continue to progress and grow.