If you’ve never set foot in the gym, it can seem like a foreign place. There’s a new language, odd customs, and people make some weird noises! Even switching from one gym to another can be a bit of a culture shock. So let’s dig into the unwritten rules of the gym, the norms that you’d want to know about before going to a foreign country but that might not be in the guidebooks!
Eyes On Your Own Mat
I’m borrowing this one from the yoga world. We all come to this place with different backgrounds. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to other people or worrying about what other people are doing. Resist the urge. Focus on being better than you were yesterday regardless of what anyone else is doing.
Last One to Finish Gets the Biggest Cheers
This is a classic CrossFit tradition. If you’ve done one of our workouts, you know it’s both a physical and mental challenge. And it’s even harder when you’re finishing well after the fastest people in class. Cheer for everyone. We’re celebrating effort and hard work!
Clean Up After Yourself
Spray & wipe down your stuff so we avoid spreading germs like a kindergarten classroom. Put everything away. If you’re not sure where it goes, ask! And if someone could use some help cleaning up, be the helper.
…..But not until everyone is done with the workout
See #2. As much as we want everything cleaned up, what we want MOST is for everyone’s work to be equally respected. Leave your bar and go encourage that person. We’ll all chip in to clean up after.
If you’re having a rough day, let a coach know. We want to be part of your support network. If it’s Tuesday and you hate Tuesdays plus it’s not exactly 62 degrees and it might rain later and there’s burpees and you hate burpees…. Well, you get the idea. I love the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. We’ve all had a day like Alexander’s. And most of us know someone who seems to channel Alexander every day. Let’s work to stop letting those upsets derail what could be an amazing day.
And now that we’ve written them down, I guess we have to find new “unwritten” rules, huh?