CrossFit B-Town Box Etiquette
1. Try to be early. If you’re not early, you’re late. Give yourself enough time to change, pack your stuff and warm-up before class starts. Show up at least 10 minutes prior to class. Please don't blame the Beirut traffic, we all have to go through it...
2. Encourage each other. We are a community. The WOD is not over until the last person is done! This is when we cheer our fellow members on. Please do not begin to clean up while others are still finishing the workout. It’s not cool.
3. Clean up. Put away your toys! Clean up your sweat. We wish we didn’t have to say this, but don’t spit on our floor or outside of the entrance door. Pick up your used chalk, plasters, water bottles, tape, towels, paper cups, tissue and sweaty clothes. Put away all the equipment you used back where it belongs when the WOD is over. Stack the boxes neatly, put the bars in the racks, stack the plates in order, hang up your skipping ropes, put the kettlebells back in their shelves. Some people spend more time at B-Town than in their homes, so please be considerate.
4. Respect our equipment. Drop as a last resort. Put things down gently. Dropping weight should be a necessity, not a convenience. Bumpers are designed for emergency dropping, not dropping every rep on purpose. ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment and flooring are expensive!
5. 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. Say hello. Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and those around you to do better.
6. 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. That's why our slogan is "engineering better humans." We want you to become better!
7. 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. You know what full range of motion (and movement standards) are, so there’s no excuse for bad reps. If someone calls you out for doing something wrong, listen to them. The person standing around watching you work out has a much better perspective on what you’re doing than you do. They’re breathing gently and probably don't have sweat in their eyes. You’re halfway through a workout. You’re biased and not thinking straight, trust us!
8. 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. If you want to get on B-Town's PR (personal record) Leader board, you MUST have someone count for you. If no one saw it, it didn’t happen.
9. Come to class. For newbies, make sure you’re staying consistent. For old members (who think they are "advanced"), don’t start thinking that it’s okay to just do your own thing whenever you want to. There’s a million reasons why we have classes — for starters, you’re less likely to bias yourself towards the things you’re good at; you’ll get some competition; and no matter how experienced you are, you still need coaching and you can still stand to work on the basics. If you have extra things you’re working on, there are special times right before or after class to work on them. The gym is theoretically not available for "open box training" except during the times posted on the schedule.
10. 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 stop. We don’t care who it is! Safety first - ALWAYS. no exceptions
11. Greet new members. We all were the “new guy” or “new girl” at one point. Take the time to greet your new gym members. After all, these are the people that you are going to shed blood, sweat, and tears (maybe) with. A CrossFit gym can be very intimidating, especially when watching some of the more advanced people go at it, so a warm and friendly introduction can really settle some nerves and make newbies feel welcome.
12. Enjoy every second you spend at B-Town. Have fun, smile and feel certain that you're in one of the country's top fitness centers. #btownstrong