We want our gym to be a place of fun, fitness and community. In order to make it safe and respectful for all, we simply ask you follow a few rules.
Rule 1: Introduce yourself to newcomers.
Hopefully your coach will take the initiative and announce a drop-in or a new member when you turn up for class. That’s the first step. But you should view it as your duty as a member of your box to make sure that the new athlete feels welcome in a new environment—especially if it’s their first taste of CrossFit. Furthermore, the new member will probably give a positive review of your box to their friends, which will bring in new business for your coach and help the community grow.
Rule 2: Put. Your. Stuff. Away.
Do everyone a big favor and take pride in our box by putting your gear away and cleaning it up. It’s really not that hard. If you want to take it a step further, help your fellow athletes clean up too. Many hands make light work.
Rule 3: Don’t drop the barbell when you’re stripping the plates.
When you are cleaning up, save your coach from a brain aneurysm and strip down your barbell properly. This means you should lift the barbell and slide the plates off of it, then place it back on the floor—don’t just let it crash to the ground. This is how they get damaged, and as your coach will tell you, they’re not cheap to replace.
Rule 4: If you’ve sweated on the equipment, bled on the equipment or cried on the equipment, wipe it down.
Wall balls, ab mats, and even jump rope grips need your attention. Grab a wipe from one of the dispensers, and take the 30 seconds to wipe down your equipment. Please do it—for everyone’s sake.
Rule 5: Don’t be late.
Maybe a minute or two is ok for some boxes, but I know there are some gyms that have burpee penalties for a late arrival, and others that simply turn an athlete away if they turn up 5 minutes after class has started. We want to be cool about it, however Classes run in a box, and people pay good money to attend them and get their hours’ worth of fitness and instruction. Being on time, makes sure everyone in the class gets proper instruction and starts on time. We understand from time to time this happens. Just don’t make it a habit.
Rule 6: Check in/Sign up for class.
This applies both to drop-ins and regular box attendees. If you are a member of a popular gym, and you know that classes get pretty full, give your coach a heads up by signing up online. We’ve all been through WODs that have had to been altered significantly because there wasn’t enough equipment/space to go around, and it’s not fun. There are class caps for a reason, so save your coach the trouble of having to change the WOD around and just sign up.
Rule 7: Pay attention when the coach is giving instruction.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing CrossFit for 1 month or 5 years, it’s disrespectful to have your own private conversation or do your own thing when the coach is trying to give instruction to the class. You may know how to perform each movement off the top of your head, but not everyone does, so just be patient and quiet and let everyone get the full benefits of the coaches’ knowledge. Besides, you might learn something new about the lift that you would have otherwise missed!
Rule 8: Don’t have a conversation with someone in the middle of a workout.
If your “short” conversation is going to force me to warm up again, then you might want to save it till after the workout.
Rule 9: Don’t move the chalk bucket mid-WOD.
I believe that chalk, much like PEDs, are essentially to an athlete’s success in a workout. The buckets containing this white gold are usually tactically placed so as to be easily accessible to as many people as possible in the midst of a WOD.
Rule 10: Respect an athlete’s space.
This is crucial for safety purposes, as well as the focus of the athlete. If someone is preparing for a major lift, don’t walk behind them, in front of them, or anywhere close to them. If they need to bail, the last thing a coach wants to see happen is the bar strike an athlete standing too close, or worse yet have an athlete fall back on to someone else’s equipment.
Rule 11: Try to avoid ghost riding.
Ghost riding refers to the phenomenon of dropping barbells, kettlebells and all manner of equipment from overhead, regardless of the situation or weight. This is important because dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells with thin plates can bounce when dropped from overhead and ricochet into yourself and other athletes. While it is very satisfying to hear the crash of the weights against the floor, try to reserve the sensation for the strictly heavy lifts.