1. Be early. If you’re not early, you’re late. Give yourself enough time to check-in, and change before the warm-up begins. Most likely that means showing up at least 10 minutes prior to class.
2. Check your ego at the door. Clean up. Put away your toys. Pick up your used tape, pens, notebooks, scrap papers, chalk, band-aids, water bottles and sweaty clothes. 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.
3. Respect our equipment. Put things down gently. Dropping weight should be a necessity, not a convenience. Bumpers are designed for emergency dropping. ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment was expensive!
4. Bring things to our attention. If you notice that equipment is broken, lights are out, there’s no toilet paper, bring it to our attention so we can do something about it. Try hard. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Learn how to count. If you lose count, the next number is always 1. If you know you have trouble keeping count, ask someone to count for you.
8. Come to class. If you’re new, make sure you’re staying consistent. For everyone else, don’t neglect your weaknesses! Our programming is designed to attack all aspects of fitness! Participate in some competitions, they’re lots of fun and you’ll learn a lot! Above all, no matter how experienced you are, you still need coaching and you can still stand to work on the basics.
9. 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! Safety first!
10. Greet new members. We all were the “new kid” at one point. Take the time to greet your new community members. A CrossFit gym can be very intimidating, especially when watching some fire breathers go at it, so a warm and friendly introduction can really settle some nerves.