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Coach's Prep - 101

DEUCE Gym's world famous Coach's Prep now available online for the first time.

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Welcome to Coach’s Prep

Congratulations for nurturing your curiosity. In fact, it’s the exact attribute that will make or break your coaching career. The moment you stop exploring outside the confines of your current abilities you die as a quality coach.

Is this for me?

Maybe. This course is for coaches that want to be better at their craft. Prospective, novice coaches can use Coach’s Prep as a preparatory program to build basic coaching skills from the ground up. This course will also challenge intermediate and advanced professional coaches by filling in gaps, challenging current understanding, and eradicating the complacency of focusing on the needs of others and neglecting your own craft.

At DEUCE Gym Coach’s Prep is never over. Our entire staff participates along side student coaches indefinitely, for example.

History

Coach’s Prep has been a corner stone for DEUCE Gym since before the gym opened. In fact, we were very clear from the beginning that our ability to deliver the most viable training experience in the world and our ability to grow would be found (or lost) in our ability to develop remarkable people. Coach’s Prep began in the park in the spring of 2011. While we were incubating a fitness community, we put equal importance on the notion of incubating incredible coaches.

Years later, we’ve grown in more ways than we can imagine. That growth is thanks to Coach’s Prep. The fitness community noticed and soon aspiring coaches and experienced professionals alike would flock to Venice Beach to see what was happening. More and more emails and phone calls would come in, and finally at the first ever ‘Hold the Standard’ Summit in Spain, the levy broke. The world was demanding access to Coach’s Prep and now here we are.

What is it?

Each week you’ll be presented with a video lecture, which will build conceptually each week. This information comes with corresponding:

  • Weekly assignments
  • Weekly quizzes
  • Weekly practical application exercises that will expand your capacity with relative challenges to your current ability

Also included is lifetime access to the Coach's Prep private Facebook Group.

This course is a comprehensive look at the craft of coaching. Sure, we’ll dive into the details of imparting knowledge on an group of athletes, but Coach’s Prep also recognizes a 10,000 foot view of coaching that can help shatter the confines of a follow-the-leader mentality that is pervasive in the fitness industry today.

While Coach’s Prep is rooted in coaching movement, its application is broad and its students can expect to gain insight into coaching individuals and groups in an array of disciplines and contexts. Whether you’re programming and instructing group general physical preparedness (GPP) classes or you own a weightlifting-only gym, you’ll be outfitted with the skills to impart simple, clear, compelling communication. You’ll be able to create valuable context. Most importantly, you’ll finish this program as a better leader.

“Give me some details.”

At DEUCE Gym, we’ve developed a model to answer the question, “What makes a great coach?” Coach’s Prep develops skills towards this definition.

Great coaching begins with some technical skills. In order, we call these skills your ability to set a standard, communicate the standard, and build the standard. It’s here we find the groundwork needed to choose and impart the right stimuli for the right people, skills to teach the information, and all the strategies for progressing, drilling, and cuing respectively.

While a good coach can manage these technical challenges, a better coach can hold these abilities and deliver them with context. Creating context is an intangible we place great value on and is the next layer of quality coaching. While a better coach excels at the technical elements of setting, communicating, and building a standard in the gym with context, the best coach is a leader. A leader goes beyond the technical aspects of coaching and even the ability to create contextual frame. A leader holds the standard.

In this course, we’ll back up your mental frame far enough to recognize that we’re drawing lines and making rules where there are no lines. We’re talking about movement and your ability to teach it will take technical skills. Do you know what to teach? Do you know how to teach it? When an athlete or many athletes deviate from the standard, do you have effective tools for bringing them closer to the standard? Is your communication simple, clear, and compelling? Sure, you can coach your athlete’s movement in this moment, but can you coach them beyond this rep and into their lives?

Lastly, can you transcend what written on the whiteboard and what happens in the gym and become a leader?


Your Instructor


Logan Gelbrich
Logan Gelbrich

Logan Gelbrich (CCFT) is the owner of DEUCE Gym in Venice Beach, California and ORIGINAL Nutritionals, a CleanAthlete sports nutrition company. He's a four-year alum of the nationally acclaimed University of San Diego baseball program, as well as an ex-pro with the San Diego Padres as a catcher. In addition, he currently travels the world coaching the CrossFit Strongman Seminar and writes for several fitness publications.


Class Curriculum


  Week 1 - Setting a Standard - Building a Technical Base
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  Week 2 - Setting a Standard - Defining Functional
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  Week 3 - Setting a Standard -The Base of The Pyramid
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  Week 5 - Setting a Standard - Understanding Variance
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  Week 6 - Setting a Standard - Standards for Skill Transfer
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  Week 7 - Communicating the Standard - Progression
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  Week 8 - Communicating the Standard - Drilling
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  Week 9 - Communicating the Standard - Actionable, Objective Language
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  Week 10 - Communicating the Standard - The Big Conversation & the Small Conversation
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  Week 11 - Building the Standard - Objective Tools for Seeing Movement Better
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  Week 12 - Building the Standard - Scaling for Relative Intensity
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  Week 13 - Building the Standard - Verbal Cuing
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  Week 14 - Building the Standard - Demonstrative Cuing
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  Week 15 - Building the Standard - Tactile Cuing
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  Week 16 - Building the Standard - Tools to Create Drills for Movement Learning
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  Week 17 - Building the Standard - Artificial Tempos and Pauses for Increased Learning
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  Week 18 - Building the Standard - Warm Up to Warm Up, Train to Train
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  Week 19 - Building the Standard - Coaching on Paper vs. Coaching in Reality
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  Week 20 - Context - Movement is Infinite in Both Directions
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  Week 21 - Context - Playing by (Made Up) Rules
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  Week 22 - Context - Tools for Objective Communication of Context
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  Week 23 - Context - Using Objective Training for Subjective Results
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  Week 24 - Context - Downtown MVMT: The Intersection of Safety, Performance, Technique
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  Week 25 - Context - Sustainable Progress in the Area Under the Curve
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  Week 26 - Leadership - Ultimate Freedom, Ultimate Responsibility
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  Week 27 - Leadership - Show Me Your Frame, Now Let's Break It
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  Week 28 - Leadership - Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow
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  Week 29 - Leadership - The History and Evolution of Organizations
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  Week 30 - Leadership - The Most Sustainable Form of Leadership
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  Week 31- Leadership - Spiralling to Greatness: A Personal Journey
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  Week 32- Leadership - Leading Others Developmentally
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  Week 33 - Leadership - Process > Results
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  Week 34 - Leadership - The Next Level: Leaders Lead Leaders
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  Week 35 - Leadership - Holding the Standard
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  Week 36 - Conclusion - Where to from here?
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course begins as soon as you enroll. Every week a new lesson will become available to you, which will in many ways build on the one before it.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as your subscription is active.
How long is the online Coach's Prep course?
The online iteration of Coach's Prep lasts for 9 months. This is a total of 36 weeks of high-level course material and training.
What Time Does Each Week Become Available?
When you sign up, the following week's lecture will be available exactly seven days from that point. So if you sign up on a Monday at 12:00 p.m., the following week's material will be available at that time next Monday.
What is included in each week's curriculum?
Generally speaking, each week will consist of a video lecture, corresponding assignments, quizzes, and practice exercises that will expand your capacity with relative challenges to your current ability
When will I be billed and can I cancel at any time?
You will be billed every 30 days from the date of enrollment and can cancel at any time. There will be no refunds offered for the one-time payment plan.

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