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Be a Better Coach, Get Serious About Play

Dan Kallen
Director of Content, Coaches Only
Business, CrossFit

 

All the best coaches I’ve had were very deliberate and creative about integrating play into their programming and coaching. But none I know of have given it the kind of deep thought and consideration that Matt Myers has.

 

In our interview, Matt makes a sensible and compelling argument for incorporating play. In fact, by the time we were done talking, I considered the absence of play in programming to be a weakness that needs to be corrected.

 

Matt is a husband and father who coaches full time at Force Fitness and Performance in Bloomington, Indiana. His role there is in continuing education for coaches and the intern program, and he also does group programming and manages the gym’s private training program. On top of all that, he runs the Ninja Academy, a non-martial arts, play-based program for adults and kids.


 

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A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.

 

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