You can be a coach, or you can be “Coach." The former is a title bestowed upon you by the certification process; the latter usually takes years of honing skills, relationships, methods, curriculum, and practical experience to achieve. And the idea that you can wander into an L1 Certification course just a CrossFitter on a Saturday morning and emerge Sunday afternoon as “Coach” is pure fantasy.
Here’s what usually happens. You begin CrossFitting and shortly thereafter, begin to consider getting your L1. You start to think about how you would coach. You start planning your warm ups, in your head, and start creating WODs. You know just how fantastic a coach you are going to be. You are going to set the world on fire with never-before-seen novelty workouts that will blow your clients’ minds!
Then that fateful day comes, after you have passed your cert and begun covering classes in your local box, when you start getting the inevitable questions. “Can you watch my snatch and tell me what you see?” “Can you show me the best way to set up for a deadlift?” You watch a student failing a clean repeatedly, but you’re just not sure how to help them fix it because you can’t spot what they are doing wrong. The bottom line is that you are no more qualified to coach on the Monday after your cert than you were going in.
How do I know this? Simple - because I was the world’s ****tiest CrossFit coach for easily two years.