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.
Put. Your. Crap. Away.
Seems obvious enough, right? This is just common courtesy. Now, if someone from the class after you asks you to leave your bar out, you will no longer be held responsible for it. The exception to this is to wait until everyone is done working and you don't get in their way trying to put stuff up. Wait. If you are done, chances are they will be done soon, too. If you have to jet out and never stick around to cheer on the last person, congrats! You are missing out on a key component of what makes CrossFit different. Next time, the last one finishing could be you. Wouldn't you want people to cheer you to the finish and not make you feel like you're in the way while you struggle to get through the WOD? Common courtesy, people.
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.
Don’t steal other people’s equipment.
When you’re setting up for a chipper (or any WOD that requires numerous pieces of equipment), you try to set up your area with the gear in such a way to make everything easily accessible as you switch from movement to movement. And this can even extend to the pull-up bar—especially if you need to attach a band. So when some fool takes your wall ball or steals your bar in the middle of a WOD, you have every right to feel upset. It’s a CrossFit faux paux that should NEVER, EVER happen.
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.
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. The same can be said if a jump rope is out. A lashing of your own accord is expected, but to get or give one by accident?? No bueno! Walk around.....WAY around!
Don’t have a conversation with someone in the middle of a workout.
This is another safety issue and common courtesy. Don't talk to someone getting ready for a heavy lift, and if you're like me, don't talk to me while I'm doing burpees! It's hard enough to keep count for most of us, anyway!
Please have fun with your fitness journey! If there is anything we can help you with from gear to nutrition, just ask! We put in the time so you don't have to, but please respect that and know we are doing the best we can for you every day!
Thank you to all of you who have stood by us during all the change and progress we have made, and are patient with us while we continue to learn and grow as a business. We couldn't do any of it without your support!
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