At the beginning of 2015, a couple years into business, I put out a set of Gym Rules that hangs on the wall behind our front desk for all our members and visitors to check out while they’re waiting for their class. You can find my original blog post here: Cróga Gym Rules.
The other day I was doing my usual floating around the internet and learning when I stumbled on a blog post by Nicole Christensen, the Director of Training & Certification for CrossFit, owner of CrossFit Roots in Boulder, CO and CF-L4 Coach (yes, Level-4!), about how she re-shares their Box Etiquette blog post with their members yearly, and I thought that was a brilliant idea.
It’s a great idea, not because we have trouble with our members or visitors violating the rules, but because it’s always a good opportunity to check back in, make sure we’re all on the same page, and see if we should add or subtract from this list.
After giving our rules a quick read (See image below), I decided there aren’t any subtractions that need to be made this year, although I should probably watch my own colorful use of the english language.
However, there are four rules that I’d like to add this year.
1. Introduce yourself. Please introduce yourself to newbies (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the new guy or gal? A friendly introduction goes a long way.
2. Don’t break down your equipment until everyone has finished the workout. I know you all have busy lives and need to get in and out of the gym in 1-hour, but this is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. You can cheer on others, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the downtime, but don’t touch the equipment. We’re in this thing together!
3. No ghost-riding the barbells – EVER. The lighter the plates on the bar, the more likely it is to jump left and right and hurt someone or break something. We know you’re tired, but we also know if your bar hits anyone or anything, it’s usually going to win. The last thing we want is someone injured because we’re being lazy. If you HAVE to drop the bar so you don’t get hurt, do it, but you better be right on top of it making sure it doesn’t go anywhere it shouldn’t right when it hits the ground.
4. Treat empty barbells like they were your baby. Would you drop your baby from three feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class for warm up and form work. When putting the barbell down, gently place it on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for this fine piece of equipment.
Got questions? Speak up.
If not, follow the rules, so we don’t have to give you burpee penalties or pull you aside and have a word, because that isn’t any fun for the coach or the athlete.
And if you need a refresher, check out our existing rules below.