All Posts By

Nicole Christensen

Box Development
April 22, 2019

Next Level Scaling

Anyone who has been around CrossFit for some time knows that individualized scaling of the workout is an inherent part of the athlete’s progress, athletic development, and long term success.…
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Box Development
April 18, 2019

3 Little Things That Protect Your Brand

I’ve traveled to many gyms in my time with CrossFit, over 100 by now. Each gym has its own vibe, style, and protocols and that’s part of what makes it…
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Box Development
February 21, 2019

Coaching the Pregnant Athlete

Let’s face it, there’s a big stigma around training pregnant women. Coaches often feel clueless as to how to train this population. What they miss in those sentiments is that…
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Box Development
February 20, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is Injured

Athletes will suffer tweaks and injuries from time to time. Many athletes struggle with the give and take nature of recovering from an injury. The coach’s job is to provide…
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Box Development
February 20, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is New to CrossFit

The primary goal with a new athlete is to promote them to make good decisions and reinforce the tenets of the training and coaching style at your affiliate.   Here…
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Box Development
February 18, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who Often Tries to Go Too Heavy

Next up in our six-part series, we’ll profile the athlete who goes too heavy and cover a dialogue to help coaches navigate this situation. The situation is all too familiar.…
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Box Development
February 13, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who Always Tries to Go Rx

Next up in our six-part series on how to have difficult and effective conversations with athletes, we’ll discuss how to talk with an athlete who is always trying to go Rx.…
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Box Development
February 13, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is Nervous About a Workout

First up in our six-part series, we’ll look at an athlete who is nervous about doing a workout or a specific movement. As a starting point, it's important to understand…
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Box Development
February 1, 2019

How to Have Difficult and Effective Conversations With Athletes

When I was six years old, my parents enrolled me in the neighborhood summer swim team. I wasn’t very good at swimming and was generally a nervous kid, but I…
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Box Development
September 25, 2018

Three Exercises to Screen Coaching Candidates For Good Potential

Want to assess if a candidate or intern for a coaching position has what it takes to become a contributing member of your staff and your gym? At Roots, we…
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Box Development
September 12, 2018

Why Your Coaches Should Know Every Name

Remember the show Cheers? I only remember it vaguely as my parents used to watch it back in the 80s. The show’s theme song had a line in it, “You…
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Box Development
August 9, 2018

Why Your Coaching Staff Should Do Your Gym’s Programming

If you want your athletes to trust and do your gym's programming, your first step is to have your coaches do it too. The shared suffering we have come to…
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Box Development
June 6, 2018

Why Your Coaches Should Post Their Scores

Just the other day we did a workout at CrossFit Roots that involved toes-to-bar and overhead squats. I coached the workout in the AM and then took group class later…
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Box Development
June 1, 2018

Why Your Coaches Should Take Group Class

I’ll cut straight to the point on this post - your coaches should take group classes. By doing so, your coaches support a healthy gym culture that is built on…
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April 3, 2018

Four Easy Ways Your Staff Can Lead by Example

Whether your staff likes or believes it, the athletes at your gym look to them for guidance and an example of how they should carry themselves inside and outside the…
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March 25, 2018

What Should Athletes Record in the Notes Section?

As coaches we want our athletes to log their scores, but really we want them to do so much more than that! In this blog post, we’ll cover four questions…
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