What it Takes to be A Full-Time, Career Coach: Five 10-Year Plus Coaches Explain

November 21, 2021 by

From personal trainers to yoga instructors, fitness coaching has often been seen as a young man’s game, a short-term part-time job for 20-somethings fitness enthusiasts, as opposed to a full-time professional career. And those who do want to stay in the industry long-term often assume the only way to do it is to open their own gym. 

CrossFit, however, has changed all this.

Today, more and more CrossFit coaches have been in the industry for 10-plus years, proving it’s possible to pursue a full-time, professional career as a coach without having to be a gym owner to make a real living. 

James McDermott, Alex Samaniego, Michael Bann, Chris Schaalo and Junior Delfin are five of them. Each of them has been coaching for at least a decade and have become full-time, professionals intent on being lifelong, career coaches.

McDermott in Albany, NY

McDermott began coaching at Albany CrossFit in New York 10 years ago as an intern coach while he was studying Kinesiology in college. A decade later, he’s still there, only now he’s the affiliate’s General Manager.

His role involves coaching 15 classes a week, including both CrossFit and Barbell Club classes. The rest of McDermott’s time is spent doing the gym’s programming and working on other aspects of the business, from bringing on new clients to social media.

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