Respect time, the coach and other members.
Being punctual is a sign of respect for everyone involved and we cover a lot in class with much of the key information shared in the first 5-minutes. Sure, life can happen and sometimes you won’t be able to make it on time. But don’t make a habit of it.
Pay attention to your coach. They’ve taken the time to be there and appreciate when you’re present. They shouldn’t have to explain something again because you were distracted or because you were distracting another member. On the flip side. Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable when the coach urges you forward!
Let the coaches coach. Do not provide coaching to other members and do not argue with the coach if they ask you to scale. They are trying to keep you and the other athletes safe and moving effectively and efficiently through the workout. This stuff takes time so be patient, have fun and push yourself and others to become better.
Please introduce yourself to all newcomers (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the newbie? A friendly introduction goes a long way.
Don’t drop an empty barbell.
Never. Ever. Save your coach from a brain aneurysm, gently place the barbell on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for this fine piece of equipment. Strip down your barbell properly. This means you should hold the barbell and slide the plates off of it, then place it back on the floor.
No one and nothing left behind.
Your WOD isn’t finished until the last athlete in class is finished. You train together, push each other, and clean up as a group.
Speaking of cleaning up. If you’ve sweated on the equipment, bled on the equipment or cried on the equipment, wipe it down. Then put your crap away. Throw out your used tissues, Band-Aids and water bottles. Put back the boxes, bands and kettlebells. Wipe up your chalk marks and sweat angels. We take pride in keeping a clean gym and appreciate the support.
Put your phone down. Stop checking your watch. Take out your earbuds. Be aware of your surroundings. We often get desensitized to what actually goes on at the gym, but there are really heavy objects being lifted, dropped, swung and thrown. Watch where you are going and listen to what is going on around you.
Don’t mix kids, dogs and barbells.
The safety of the children, dogs, members and quality of the athletes’ training environment is paramount. Children who can sit unattended at the front of the gym are welcome. Children are not allowed on the equipment at any time and must be off the gym floor during class.
Dogs must be on a leash, be able to sit silently and be hypoallergenic.
Reserve your space in advance.
We’ve all been through WODs that have had to be altered significantly in the 11th hour because there wasn’t enough equipment/space to go around, and it’s not fun. Save your coach the trouble of having to adjust on the fly and reserve space in advance and cancel if you are not going to make it.
Be accountable, positive and don’t quit.
Track your goals, learn how to count, enter your scores. Help us celebrate your accomplishments!
Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and others to do better. Effort always earns respect. Nobody cares about your time on the board or how much weight you move, they only care that you tried.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!”