Don't Miss the Whiteboard Brief!

Oct 12, 2023

 by Cole Barbee

The whiteboard brief is arguably the most important element of your class experience BESIDES the warm-up. We get it- folks are busy! We've got kids, work obligations, and errands to run before class; however, the whiteboard brief truly sets the tone for the remaining 55 minutes of class. Here, we will cover some reasons why you should consider it a priority:

  1. Safety. This is always our upmost concern when running any class. The coach is there to demonstrate all facets of every movement. We do this so not only the members understand what the movements look like; but more importantly, how the movements should FEEL. It’s imperative that everyone fully internalizes how or whether or not they are going to modify some of the exercises for the duration of class.


  1. Stimulus. We’ve all heard it before and I’ll say it again… intensity equals results! The coach is there to explain the “target”, “range”, or “goal” of the workout. We much rather have folks modify some of the weights or movements of the workout than be hunched over and not move for long periods of time. We do this because we truly care about you maintaining intensity and achieving results.


  1. Questions? Yes, folks! Believe it or not, the whiteboard brief is also our time to answer any questions you may have about the workout. Perhaps the person next to you had the same question and you just helped them out by asking it. Coaches occasionally use this as opportunity to back brief as well; meaning, we may end up asking one of YOU a question to keep you on your toes. Is this the only time to ask questions? Of course not! We'll address any of your questions or concerns throughout the workout as we coach you, too. 


  1. Lastly, and most importantly- your coaches want to know if there are injuries in the room. If you tweaked your back lifting a box at work or slept in a bad position and have an achy neck, we want to know about it. We ask this so we can best accommodate and meet the expectations of your class experience. The coach is there to guide you on modifying some of the movements for the day, but also still meeting the demands and threshold of your class session.

Safety. Stimulus. Questions. Injuries. This about sums it up! We hope you understand the importance of the Whiteboard Brief and continue to prioritize this time. This is also an opportunity for the coach to engage or socialize with new and existing members. We truly care about you.

Your coaches at CrossFit Beo look forward to seeing you in class!