There’s a quick and easy way to set the mood for a training session or class and make training less intimidating to new athletes — it’s called the “Question of the Day.”
And here’s how it works: While your athlete(s) are circled-up before the workout, ask them an icebreaker question and then have them state their name and answer. I’ve learned that it’s best to avoid complicated questions that make people think too hard, so that things move quickly and stay fun.
“Hi, my name’s Derek. And my favorite karaoke song is ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton.”
Once you’ve delivered the icebreaker, just wait … things might get a little weird. Pickle and mayonnaise sandwiches, troll doll collections, Magic: The Gathering… you never know what might come up. Point is: icebreakers set a fun tone for the class, even when wall balls are involved.
These questions also help with learning athletes’ names, building and strengthening community, and providing a more welcoming environment. Because, let’s face it, it’s hard enough just to show up at a gym, never mind the extra anxiety of being new or feeling like an outsider.
So test the waters by throwing a Question of the Day at your people. Share some laughs. Embrace what unique snowflakes we all are. And then make them sweat — hard.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
FOR YOUR NEXT CROSSFIT CLASS