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Quality Coaching: Finding a Coach Among Impersonators
Jonathan Lopez

I’ve wanted to write on this topic for a while now because I’ve seen this problem get as out of hand as an open bar party on Fat Tuesday.

What has me so riled up? Earning the title of coach is equivalent to being considered a subject matter expert (SME) in the business world. You have to master your craft over years of dedication and hard work. I am a CrossFit owner, I have my USAW Sport Performance certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting certification, multiple degree...



2 Comments
Rob Killian February 15 2014 12:24 am
Jonathan, I really appreciate the perspective in this article and have a question. What about someone like myself who learned about and fell in love with the lifts late in life AND also lives in an area where it is proving very difficult to find quality coaching? I am "one of those people" who learned about the lifts via Crossfit but have since left the local affiliate for a variety of reasons and train at home. I'm 46 and have no delusions about what I will accomplish as Olympic Weightlifter :) But I read and view video and study and I want to be able to teach my two boys the sport (since I don't see moving to get them closer to quality coaching). Any suggestions for someone like myself ? Or is it really just not feasible ?
Amber Sheppard December 25 2016 5:19 pm
Hey Rob! That's a good question. As someone who came from a state that didn't have weightlifting before we set up our USAW club almost 4 years ago, I understand your dilemma. I don't see a problem at all with you teaching your sons. With the internet these days it's easy to find access to other coaches to run ideas by. If there's a coach within 3 hours of you I'd recommend you take a trip to visit with them and have a skull session. Many coaches now offer Video Analysis remotely as well. I know it's been two years since you wrote this so I hope you and your sons have progressed in the lifts!
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