Recently, we’ve moved some equipment around and as we continue to expand and bring in new people, it’s easy for little things to get missed. This is just a reminder of friendly practices before, during and after your workout.
We use different tools, but it's the same idea. Don't let our gym look like this!
Keeping things organized. Some days, we have CrossFit classes back-to-back for six hours. It’s a pain in the butt for later classes to get set up if the earlier classes don’t put their stuff away properly. This includes stacking the bumper plates neatly in their correct places (written on the wall), keeping the kettlebells organized, and stacking the dumbbells in an orderly manner on the shelf (written on the shelf). Also, if you’re going to use a weight to anchor your pet, please put the weight back before you leave. And finally, if you have to record your numbers on the floor with chalk, please wipe up after yourself when you’re done.
Starting on time. Most people know that if you show up late, you have to wear the weight vest for the warm-up. This is just a fun reminder that if you’re late, you’re inconveniencing everybody else in the class. If you show up early, feel free to work on individual mobility or skill work, but please don’t start the warm-up until the class actually starts. Otherwise, you’ll finish before everybody else and have nothing to do until the skill work starts.
Use the Chalk Bucket Correctly. Nobody likes inhaling half a pound of chalk dust when they’re gasping for air during a workout. So, please apply the chalk, then clap your hands inside the bucket. Also, it’s very helpful if you avoid knocking the chalk bucket to the ground.
Encourage Your Classmates. Most of you are pretty good about this. If you finish early, it’s polite to cheer on the people who are still working– even if you’re cheering between gasps. You can also feel free to encourage others while you’re working.
Edit: I forgot to add this before, but it’s along the same lines as everything else: Use the Heaviest Weights Available. I don’t mean, try to go as prescribed, I mean be as efficient with the bumper plates as you can be, especially if it’s a big class. You can make 100kg by putting eight 10kg plates on a 20kg bar, but if there’s anybody weaker than you in the class they’re going to have a tough time scaling because you’re using all the lighter plates. Be courteous to the classmates who might not be as strong as you by reserving the lighter plates and bars for them. Again, not a big deal if there’s only one or two people in the class, but I’ve seen a few issues with this in those busy Saturday morning classes.
Just remember: this isn’t big box gym, it’s a community.