Coaches Mess Up Too


Coaches may program a workout that takes longer than expected, and people may feel rushed, or not make it through it.

Coaches might suggest a weight that is too heavy, and athletes have to make adjustments mid-WOD, or might get discouraged that they can’t even do it.

Coaches might suggest a modification that doesn’t work out.

Coaches can even say coaching cues that don’t make sense or are wrong all together.

  • As an athlete, understand that your coach is human who can also make “mistakes” or slip up. Hopefully your coaches are trying their best to get to know you, and help you improve. This will come with some “trial and error”, so realize that your coach might need to try a certain method, program, or weight, in order to see what your strengths or weaknesses are. Ask questions, and be open with your coach, but understand that mistakes will happen. 
  • As a coach, let your athletes know that you messed up, or programed something that didn’t quite turn out how you wanted it to. It’s okay. You can simply be open and honest. If you see an athlete getting down or frustrated because he or she can’t do what you suggested, make sure to address the situation ASAP. Let the athletes know that you’re always learning too (about them and about what’s best for them) and that sometimes, you have to try things, in order to know what works and what doesn’t. 

Now, if your coach is constantly programming something that you can’t do, or, if you’re regularly frustrated or injured, then that’s a different story. Make sure to let your coaches know your concerns or questions if you feel that you aren’t being led correctly.

Even the best coaches, who have been doing this a long ass time can make errors. The thing is, if you want to grow and improve as a coach, it’s important to use and teach new coaching techniques, programs, movements and modifications.  If you mess up here and there, it’s probably because you’re implementing something different, or working with someone new. That’s a good thing.



I’m Dawn Fletcher, the owner of Driven Mind. I help driven-individuals perform better and achieve greatness in all that they do.

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  1. Sam says

    Great post. I’ve caught flack a few times for programming a WOD where I’ve set the target rounds way too high. Nice to know I’m not the only one.

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