1. Arrive early and stay late.
Cheer, clap, and encourage others. Anything less and you will cheat yourself of the experience and rob others of the gift of your presence and support as part of the community.
2. Do Not Leave Your Brain At The Door
You are always responsible for your own health and safety. Maintain awareness of your surroundings; for example, don’t stand near someone that is lifting, or walk in front of a swinging kettlebell.
If there is coaching going on, stay quiet and listen. If there is a WOD going on, stay out of the way. When you are done with your WOD, do not collapse on the floor in the danger-zone (aka, where people are still working and/or equipment is flying). Get in the clear, catch your breath, and cheer on from the sidelines.
Last but not least, if you don’t feel safe doing something please don’t do it. If you’re not prepared for the potential consequences of exceeding your limits, do not attempt to exceed them.
3. Listen To Your Coaches
We all know what it’s like when you’re talking to a family member or colleague and you ask a question and they don’t respond; how irritating is that? You think to yourself: ‘are they even listening?’, ‘do they understand?’, ‘do they care?’
Well it’s no different here. When your coach addresses you or the group and everyone offers up blank stares – we might wonder, ‘are they even listening?’ During training time, be respectful. If the coach is talking that means no one else is talking; only listening.
No, this is not to satisfy the coach’s ego; it’s to ensure everyone gets the coaching they came for, and to ensure the safety and efficiency of all athletes. When a coach gives instructions, or tells you to stop, drop-it, slow down, reduce weight, etc… DO IT immediately – no whining, no attitude, no delay – just say “YES Coach” and move on.
We encourage you to cheer-on your fellow athletes, but please leave the technical advice and coaching to the coaches. We have experienced coaches and their reason for doing things a certain way may not be obvious to you, and that’s fine.
If you think our highly trained, highly skilled coaches don’t know what they are talking about, you are quite free to open your own CrossFit box and coach til you’re blue in the face.
4. Athletes ONLY in the training arena
Inside a CrossFit box there are ALOT of pieces of equipment that if not given the proper respect can hurt you and others. This is why we DO NOT allow unnecessary people inside the actual training arena. If you have come along as a friend to a training athlete, brought your child or have come to observe a class, we ask you to please stay on the outside of the training area.That way there is no risk of harm to you or anyone else.
5. Respect our equipment
but don’t baby it. Plates, barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, etc. are meant to be picked up and dropped. Respect the equipment by using it , but don’t abuse it.
Dumping bars is a last resort. Put things down gently.
Dropping weight should be a necessity, not a convenience. Bumpers are designed for emergency dropping ONLY, not dropping every rep of Fran.
ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell or a bar loaded with 15 lb plates or less.
NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell.
Our equipment is expensive, and the more we have to replace it, the more we’re going to have to charge you.
6. Chalk is useful
even necessary. It is also messy. Use as much as you need, but keep the excess inside the chalk bucket! You don’t want to have to vacuum with Fran cough!
7. Clean up after yourself
Leave no trace; you are a ninja. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Put all equipment back neatly where it belongs.
- Wipe down bars and equipment.
- Clean up your blood, sweat, skin, chalk, puke, etc…
- If you make a mess in the bathroom, clean it immediately
We are giving you the benefit of the doubt that you are a civilized human being; please don’t give us cause to change our minds.
Everyone enjoys training in a clean environment and should not have to deal with your mess – leave that for home.
8. Bring things to our attention
If you notice that equipment is broken/damaged, lights are out, there’s no toilet paper, bring it to our attention so we can do something about it.
9. Grunting, screaming, and otherwise making noise
are all welcome and encouraged during a workout. There is such a thing as gentle, quiet strength, although most of us haven’t mastered that yet. Also remember that there can be such a thing as too loud, crass, gross, or rude – common sense rule applies, please be respectful.
10. We are respectful but we are not politically correct.
We joke, yell, grunt, scream, sweat, bleed, etc. You will too.
11. Have Fun, Laugh & Smile a lot.
Yes, you’re going to work harder than you thought possible. Yes, it’ll hurt. So what? Have fun with it. CrossFit Everett is a playground and while we’re constantly increasing work capacity, we’re having a blast at the same time.
12. Work hard, the harder you work, the better you’ll get.
Effort is more important than any other attribute. DON’T BE EMBARASSED OR ASHAMED if you have a 50 lb deadlift and the person next to you has a 500lb deadlift; if your Fran time is 20 minutes and someone else finished in 3; if you can’t go Rx’d and scale every workout – AS LONG AS YOU ARE TRYING YOUR HARDEST. What you do doesn’t matter so long as you push the envelope each and every workout. Believe this – the juice is worth the squeeze.
13. Leave Your Ego At The Door
Focus on how you perform, not how others perform. Don’t focus on how you look; that wastes precious energy that you need to perform to the best of your abilities. If you’re holding back because you’re afraid of looking silly or weak, you’re the one missing out. Progress only happens when you’re outside of your comfort zone.
If you already think you’re a bad ass beast, there’s no need to tell us (or the class); your range of motion, reps, WOD times, weights and integrity will speak for themselves. If you are confident in your abilities and crossfitting like a boss, you should be the first one showing the most encouragement and support to your fellow athletes. Building each other up is not about ego, it’s about camaraderie.
14. Go Hard Or Go Home
We respect hard work; your fellow athletes respect hard work – Full Stop! No one is impressed that you finished first if you shortened your range of motion, reps, distance, movements or weights. We honor the athlete that finishes dead-last because they chose the hard road; fighting for full range of motion, going the full distance, doing all of the reps, harder movements, and heavier loads.
If it felt easy, you did it wrong. The harder you work, the better you’ll get. Effort is more important than any other attribute. Hold your movements to the highest standards.
As your coaches we will never let our eyes adapt to watching shitty movements – so work hard at being the best you can be!
15. Introduce yourself.
After all, these are the people that you are going to shed blood, sweat, and (maybe) tears with. We all were the “new guy” or “new gal” at one point and remember that a CrossFit box can be very intimidating, especially when watching some fire breathers go at it. So a warm, friendly smile can really settle some nerves. CrossFit Everett is more than a gym. It’s a community. If you see a CrossFitter you haven’t met yet, please introduce yourself, as they may need to revive your unconscious body later and “Dude, wake up…” is just so impersonal.
16. Don’t Cheat
This is your ‘ego’ which you have already left at the door, right? There is nothing more shameful among CrossFitters than a cheater. If you are unable or unwilling to do full-range of motion or the prescribed distance, reps, movements, weights or time, just say so!
There is no shame in scaling down a workout. Don’t take credit for an Rx score that you didn’t earn.If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you (And you will be labeled a ‘douche by your follow athletes in the process, so why risk it)
17. Learn How To Count
If you lose count, the next number is always 1. If you know you have trouble keeping count, use our poker chips to keep track.
18. Brag to your family and friends.
You’re getting in the best shape of your life. You’re having fun. You’re doing things you never thought possible. Be proud of this.
19. Get your Butt in the door!
A workout may suck before and during, but no one ever feels bad after they workout!!!!! The hardest part is coming in and getting started, so just do it.