CrossFit Gym Etiquette Rules You Need to Know
CrossFit Etiquette Rules You Need To Know
You need to follow these rules if you want to stay in good standing with your fellow members of the CrossFit Gym Etiquette Group. These are not hard and fast rules, but rather guidelines that have been established over time by many different individuals within the community. They do not apply just to CrossFit gyms, but to any group where there may be some sort of hierarchy or power structure.
1) No personal attacks.
If someone says something negative about another member, don’t respond. Just ignore it. There’s no point in being rude to others and trying to prove them wrong or make yourself look better than they are. Everyone has their own opinion and everyone makes mistakes, so don’t take it personally if someone disagrees with you.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have; everyone starts somewhere!
2) Respect the space of other members of the gym.
Don’t hog all the equipment. Take what you need for yourself and leave the rest behind. If someone else needs more space, let them use it.
3) Be considerate of others around you.
Don’t litter, throw food on the floor or otherwise cause a mess in the gym area.
4) Do not swear at anyone in particular or disrespectfully to other members of the gym.
Swearing in general in the gym is not encouraged, but there will always be those who do it. Just don’t do it yourself and you’ll be fine.
5) Use chalk.
Using chalk helps keep your grip on the bars and stops them from becoming unnecessarily marked up. If you don’t have chalk, ask someone if you can get some off them. There is normally a bowl of it somewhere convenient.
6) If you are resting between sets, keep well away from the bars and areas in front of the gym equipment.
Don’t just hang around in the middle of the gym. Go and sit down or walk around or do something else.
7) Don’t make loud noises or sudden movements.
The typical CrossFitter is not a very noisy person. Loud grunting is frowned upon, as is shouting and throwing weights.
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