Be early. If you’re not early, you’re late. Give yourself enough time to sign in, change, and warm-up before class starts. Most likely that means showing up at least 10 minutes prior to class.
Check your ego at the door. Somewhere a high school kid is warming up with your PR.
Clean up. Put away your toys. Clean up your sweat, blood and puke. Pick up your used tape, pens, notebooks, scrap papers, chalk, 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 around the gym, don’t use it to write on the floor.
Respect our equipment. ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment was expensive and paid for out of OUR pocket. The more we have to replace it, the more we’re going to have to charge you. Please, treat the equipment as if it were your own.
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. Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and those around you to do better.
Push your limits. The only way to get stronger is to increase the load. Strive to go a little heavier and a little faster every class, but always maintain good, safe form.
Don’t cheat. Be honest with everyone else, and be honest with yourself. You know what full range of motion is, so there’s no excuse for shoddy reps. If someone calls you out for doing something wrong, listen to them.
Come to class. For newbies, make sure you’re staying consistent. For the more experienced athlete, don’t start thinking that it’s okay to just do your own thing.
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 cut it out. We don’t care who it is.
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