We’re all about creating a caring community where people are empowered to be their strongest self! Here are a few simple points of performance for box etiquette which will help us along…
Be on time and attentive
We cover a lot in class and utilize every minute. No, we won’t lock the doors five minutes after class starts; however, if you’re late, please assimilate into class by mimicking what you see going on. Please listen when your coach addresses the group. We’re all here to get better, so we ask that everyone pay attention during workout briefs, group coaching, and movement instruction. This means no changing plates, talking, moving equipment, etc. until the coach is finished explaining.
Check your ego at the door
Please check your ego at the door. You’re going to be first in workouts – and last. The coaches are going to take weight off your bar and tell you to go heavier. We care about how well you move, not just how fast you finish the workout. The coaches are there to help you improve now and long into the future – trust us, we have your best interest in mind.
Please introduce yourself to newbies (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the new guy or gal? A friendly introduction goes a long way.
Take care of your plates…
Always use clips to secure plates to your barbell, and make sure they’re nice and snug. This is for safety as well as to prolong the life of the weight plates. Also, never drop a barbell with 10-lb bumper plates from the overhead position.
…And empty barbells
Would you drop your baby from three feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class for drill and form work. When putting the barbell down, gently place it on the ground. When storing it back, guide it down in the holder slowly to help prolong the life of the barbell.
Stick to your equipment
The box is not your oyster; it’s many people’s oyster. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar just because they’re not there. If your wall ball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, run to the wall ball instead of using someone else’s just because it’s closer.
Put it back
Please clean up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to mop up your sweat/chalk and disinfect any equipment used during the workout. Please put equipment (including kettlebells, dumbbells, and boxes) back where you found it. Rowers should be stored with the handle all the way to the chain entry and the display tucked nicely away.
It’s entirely possible that at some point in your CrossFit career you may bleed on a pull-up bar or barbell. When this happens, clean off your bar with the spray disinfectant. If you tape your pull-up bar, please remove it after the WOD.
Leave no trace
Please double-check to make sure you have all of your belongings before leaving the box. The Lost & Found by the front door will be purged at the end of every month. Please recycle, but only cans, plastic bottles/cups, newspaper, and cardboard. Please dispose of everything else in the trash can.
Contain the chalk
Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Yes, you’ll have to walk all the way to the chalk bucket to dust your hands. While some people believe that chalk is the magic fairy dust of CrossFit performance, the fact of the matter is that a light dusting on your hands is all you need.
Keep kids safe
Children are welcome to come to the box with Mom or Dad and play quietly in the front room (kids area). They are not allowed at any point to come onto the shop floor or training area (playpens near the desk are the exception). We love our athletes’ kids–which is why we want to take every precaution to keep them safe while also maintaining the quality of our training environment.
Every athlete pushes himself or herself differently. Keep going! Communicate with your coaches when you are feeling frustrated or defeated–we’re here to help. The human body is capable of more than you can comprehend. Challenge it accordingly.
Adapted from SugarWOD.com