1.) Be early. Give yourself enough time to change, socialize, and prep for each WOD before class starts. Showing up at least 10 minutes prior to class is always a good habit to get into. If you can't make it early or on time, be prepared to hang out for the next class.
2.) Check your ego at the door. Enough said.
3.) Clean up. Put away your toys. Clean up your sweat, blood, and other bodily fluids. We wish we didn't have to say this, but don't spit on our floor or put boogers on our bathroom walls. Ever. If you're going to chew gum don't spit it on our floor. Wipe down your equipment after using it... all of it, even if you didn't sweat or bleed on it. Pick up your used tape, markers, whiteboards, scrap papers, chalk, band-aids, water bottles, and sweaty clothes. Pack it in, pack it out, as they say. 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.
4.) 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 markers on whiteboards.
5.) 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 of Fran. ALWAYS keep your weight under control. NEVER drop an empty barbell. NEVER drop a kettlebell or dumbbell. Our equipment was expensive, and the more we have to replace it, the more we're going to have to charge you.
6.) 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.
7.) Try hard and Push your limits. 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. 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. Never say, "I can't.” (This may result in a BURPEE penalty). When you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.
8.) 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 is, so there's no excuse for shoddy 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 experiencing a restful glow and a sub-60 heart rate. You're halfway through Fran. You're biased, trust us.
9.) Come to class. For newbies, make sure you're staying consistent. For old hands, don't start thinking that it's okay to just do your own thing whenever you want to. There's a myriad of reasons we have class - 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 not open 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 a coach.