If you sign-up, show up. If you show up, sign-up. Treat a workout like a doctor’s appointment. Have some courtesy and sign-up for classes if you plan on coming in. There will be repercussions for those who don’t sign-up, and just like CrossFit they will be “constantly varied, high intensity, and functional.”
No kids on the equipment. Kids are NOT allowed on the ropes, rings, barbells, or anything that resembles training equipment. This is to keep them safe. As shiny and fun as everything looks, it can be dangerous. Safety 1st.
Be early. If you’re not early, you’re late. Give yourself enough time to sign in, change, and warm-up before class starts. Those of you with nervous bladders may also want to reserve some time for a bathroom trip. Most likely that means showing up at least 10 minutes prior to class.
Check your ego at the door. No one cares about your ego less that the barbell or the clock. Leave your ego in the car or at home.
Clean up. Put away your toys. Clean up your sweat, blood and puke. We wish we didn’t have to say this, but don’t spit on our floor. Ever. Don’t chew gum, and really don’t spit gum on our floor. Pick up your used tape, pens, notebooks, scrap papers, chalk, band-aids, water bottles and sweaty clothes. Put away all the equipment you used back where it belongs. Stack the boxes neatly, put the bars in the racks, stack the plates in order, hang up your jump ropes.
Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Don’t take it on a field trip around the gym, don’t use it to write on the floor. While we’re on the subject, don’t write on anything except pen-on-paper. Burpees, HSPU’s, and sit-ups do not need chalk. We would appreciate it if you didn’t “Lebron” the chalk either. Thanks.
Respect our equipment. Drop as a last resort. Put things down gently. Dropping weight should be a last resort. NEVER ever, ever, ever, ever drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment was expensive. What did the barbell ever do to you?
Bring things to our attention. If you notice that equipment is broken, lights are out, there’s no toilet paper…let us know so we can take care of it.
Try hard. Effort earns respect. Work hard. And then work even harder! Leave the crap attitude somewhere else. Guess what? Everyone has problems. The gym is where we escape stress not bring its negative effects to our swolemates.
Go heavy or go home. You either want to get stronger or you don’t. Add weight to the bar. Don’t be stupid about it, but challenge yourself. You’ll be surprised at how strong you are. Oh and stop saying “I can’t!”
Don’t cheat. Just don’t. Have some standards. Have some integrity. Have some dignity. Cheating won’t get you any closer to your goals. Guess what? You’re not that slick, Everyone knows you cheated.
Learn how to count. If you lose count, just start over with 1.
Introduce yourself. Black Powder CrossFit strives to build a friendly community. If you see a new face, say hi and introduce yourself. It makes for a positive environment.
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 something, say something.