As we grow, it’s becoming more and more important that everyone respects our shared gym space and equipment. Therefore we would like you to focus on being the best member of our little gym community that you can be! To that end, we’ve put together some Rules — please read through these and try your very, very best to follow them — it’ll make the gym a far more pleasant place for everyone!
Be early. Give yourself enough time to prepare for the WOD. Check the whiteboard and see if you’ll need specific gear like weightlifting shoes, tape, wrist wraps or knee sleeves and everything in between. Don’t wait till right before the workout to run to your locker. That takes precious time away from the class. Those of you with smaller bladders may also want to reserve some time for a bathroom trip. Most likely that means showing up at least 10 minutes prior to class.
Check your ego at the door. Somewhere a high school kid is warming up with your PR.
Clean up. Put away your toys. Clean up your sweat and/or blood. Pick up your used tape, pens, notebooks, scrap papers, chalk, band-aids, water bottles and sweaty clothes. Pack it in, pack it out, as they say. Put away all the equipment you used back where it belongs. Stack the boxes neatly, put the bars in the racks, stack the plates in order, hang up your jump ropes. Keep the chalk in the bucket not on the floor.
Respect our equipment. Drop as a last resort. Put things down gently. Dropping weight should be a necessity, not a convenience. Bumpers are designed for emergency dropping, not dropping every rep of Fran. ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment was expensive, and if we have to replace it, we will have to increase our prices.
Bring things to our attention. If you notice that equipment is broken, lights are out, there’s no paper towel, bring it to our attention so we can do something about it.
Effort earns respect. Work hard. Don’t drag people down with a bad attitude. Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and those around you to do better.
Go hard or go home. The only way to get stronger is to increase the load. Always strive to go a little heavier and a little faster. Never say, “I can’t.” When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Push your limits.
Don’t cheat. No one cares what your score was. Everyone cares if you cheated. Be honest with everyone else, and be honest with yourself. You know what full range of motion is, so there’s no excuse for shoddy reps. If someone calls you out for doing something wrong, listen to them. The person standing around watching you work out has a much better perspective on what you’re doing than you do. They’re breathing gently and probably experiencing a restful glow and a sub-60 heart rate. You’re halfway through Fran. You’re biased, trust us.
You’re here to learn, not just sweat. For newbies and veterans in order to see results you must learn the mechanics of the movements and be consistent with them. Intensity should only come after these two have been mastered.
Take ownership. Be responsible and respectful and take pride in your gym. Don’t let others get away with things that are bad for them or bad for the gym. Remind people to take their clothes with them and pick up their water bottles. If you see someone doing something that you’re pretty sure will hurt them, tell them to cut it out. We don’t care who it is — if a Coach is deadlifting with a rounded back, you can call them out! Safety first!