Every now and then, with the excitement that fitness brings and the addition of new members, we sometimes lose track of the little things that make CFB a well oiled, magical place. For reference, these rules will be added to the workout posts for the next week or so as a reminder to get us all back on track. Coaches are, and have been made aware of these standards and instructed and will enforce them. These are simple rules that help maintain a fun environment that is conducive to fitness. Most of it them just center around being conscious of your fellow gym members.
- Everyone must sign up for class. Period. Signing up for class is non negotiable. It's common courtesy to other members who might not want to participate in a crowded class and have the freedom to change their schedule and coaches to anticipate the logistics for the upcoming classes. If you haven't signed up for a class, don't show up to it. The end.
- Zero tolerance policy on lateness. If class has begun, and you're not a part of the group, whether it's a warm-up lap or warmup talk, you owe 25 burpees. Don't ask if you have to do them because the answer is 100% yes and you're already burning up valuable time to get warm. It's not because we're mean, it's because you're cold and inconsiderate of the rest of your class' time. Just put your stuff down, do 25 burpees and ask the coach how to appropriate jump in the class. If you are more than 5 minutes late from the start of class YOU MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN CLASS. Ask the class' coach if there is room in the next class and he/she will enroll you. If there is not, try again tomorrow. If it's the last class of the day, try again tomorrow.
- Class is always first priority in the gym. If there is an ongoing class, there should be no competing activities/noise that would otherwise interfere. If you think it might be distracting, it probably is. Our space is sometimes tight with bigger classes so a little courtesy is sometimes a huge help.
- "The Michael Macon Rule": You start a class, you finish it. No debates. For weightlifters: anyone found not finishing their accessory work will be asked to not participate. Zero warnings.
Part 2: Class flow.
Understanding work flow is an important part of having success in the class in both the day and long term in the gym. The hour that you spend in our gym is one that is chalk full of activity. It would be considered a "jam packed hour" by many other gyms and we successfully manage that by ensuring everyone is on the same page about pacing and expectations within class. That said, it's easy to fall off that pace if there are distractions. Get ready for more rules.
- Be ready for class before class starts. If you were mobilizing or messing around with something before class, and you don't require it for the warm-up, that object goes back in its' spot. Shoes are on, tied and ready to go. If the warm-up requires no shoes, have them ready to switch and put them on while the workout is being explained. If you're not "ready" you're "late." See lateness policy above.
- Injuries, limitations and adjustments to workouts must be made known to the class' coach PRIOR to working out.
- All individuals in class are to be present for all whiteboard breakdowns. Warm-up, strength and conditioning explanations.
- Phones must be off the floor, on silent, and out of reach(in a bag) for the entirety of class. If you need to have your phone near you for a particular reason, talk to the class' coach and it will be at his/her discretion. Needing a calculator is not an excuse for keeping your phone on you. Come to class prepared with known percentages.
- Your workout partner should be someone that you can work and communicate with to get work done efficiently. Squat with someone the same height as you, snatch and clean with someone who is similarly skilled to you, and partner up for workouts with someone who's on the same fitness level as you.
- Equipment must be left out until the last person(s) has completed the workout.
- Cheering, screaming, daps, pounds are strongly encouraged. Everyone has their own preferences for post workout interactions but no one turns down a five.
- See someone you don't know in class? Introduce yourself. The longer you go without doing it, the weirder it is when you finally do it.
The picture chosen for this post is a reminder that in being a part of Crossfit Bayonne, we are all a piece of a greater community. These rules are meant to serve as a method of making our classes continuously fun and engaging while simultaneously setting expectations that allows coaches to conduct class productively. When we work with the community in mind, it gives members a more enjoyable experience and let's coaches do their work more thoroughly instead of managing logistics. In the event that there are individual(s) who continue to disregard these rules, I will do what is necessary to preserve the culture of the gym.