Coaching at The Dirty Gym is not as simple as passing a test or paying a fee.
The title of "coach" should really have meaning. It is an honor that should bestowed upon a person with real experience in the field and not just the ability to memorize and repeat. All too often gyms and boxes are filled with people claiming the title of coach when they are really more of personal trainers or even just someone who is watching a group work out and administering information from a white board. I've literally seen "coaches" unable to properly perform basic athletic movements and later call on someone else to demonstrate.
Yet another problem that the modern certification process creates is quality control. You could be working out in a group next to someone on a Friday and if they pass a multiple choice test and pay a fee, they could be your new coach on Monday morning regardless of their actual ability to convey knowledge or perform. When we started The Dirty Gym we made sure this would never be an issue and that our coaches would truly be the best in the area, not because they were the best at recruiting or making you feel special, but because they had the best education, competition results, and coaching ability.
Each person that wishes to coach starts as a prospect. They have additional duties around the gym such as cleaning, organizing events, working on the web and just odds and ends. After a period of time, they become a member and we assign them to a crew with more experienced athletes so they can more easily learn all the fundamental skills for their chosen sport/goal.
The Club Way.
After being in a crew and demonstrating ability and desire, one can become a crew leader with a group of athletes under them. The crew leader is responsible for setting up training times and keeping tabs on the people in their crew as well as learning more about the trade of strength and conditioning.
If one wishes to move past crew leader, the next position is "Trainer." The position of trainer is synonymous with coaches assistant. A trainer is responsible for running classes, organizing competitions, assisting the coach, and over all day to day education of newer athletes. Trainers have demonstrated the ability to understand and convey knowledge, the ability to supervise a group of people, an understanding of sporting movements, and the ability to perform these movements.
Now comes the hard part, making the rank of coach. To become a coach at The Dirty Gym, you must coach someone to a milestone of their sport. In other words, qualifying for Nationals, the Crossfit™ Regional or a contest of this caliber. This likely comes as a hard pill to swallow for most people, but it has served us well and restored some credibility in terms of people having bought their credentials vs. earning them. When a coach from The Dirty Gym says something it is backed by real world experience and a record showing not only a competitive background, but the ability to produce competitive athletes.
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