CrossFit Etiquette: Beginners Guide to Fitting In
Everyone is a beginner at some stage. There’s nothing wrong with that. Starting something new, especially an activity as taxing as CrossFit, takes a lot of work and the only thing that is going to get you to the level of seasoned athlete is grit. I am sure you have what it takes, or else you wouldn’t be here right now.
Coaching staff at CrossFit Perth believe there is an unwritten CrossFit etiquette that helps everyone work together to achieve their goals in relative harmony. Don’t be the jerk who ruins it for everyone else. You might not even know you’re doing something wrong.
That’s cool. We are going to rectify that with this article, so take note and please try to make CrossFit a positive experience, not just for you, but for your fellow CrossFitters too.
Wipe your bodily fluids off the machine
No one likes to come into contact with a piece of equipment that feels like it’s been left out in the rain. It’s a totally gross feeling and, let’s face it, it’s not exactly hygienic either.
Whether its sweat, blood, or the tears you cry when CrossFit breaks you, you have a responsibility for anything that leaks out of your body. After you’re done with any exercise equipment, grab a paper towel and some disinfectant and wipe it down.
Don’t hog equipment
We’ve all seen it. That person who decides they need 3 sets of dumbbells, gymnastic rings and parallel dip bars ALL AT THE SAME TIME and they indicate this by leaving their junk near it. Listen up, buddy.
It’s not cool……
Sure, it’s going to take longer for you to get through your routine, but who cares? By hogging the equipment you slow everyone else down and come off looking like an arrogant ass.
Keep the chit-chat low
CrossFit is intense. You need to concentrate.
If you don’t, your form is going to go to hell and you won’t get results and you might even score yourself an injury. It’s hard to keep your mind on what you’re doing when people are having a loud conversation.
The same applies to people talking on the phone. I get that people need to communicate, but if you think it is going to go on for a while, take it to a café or bar after the workout.
Respect your coach
I don’t care whether you’re skilled in an area or are stronger and faster than other people. Listen to your coach.
They have more experience and knowledge than you and are there to make you become the best you possibly can. A sure fire way to get the most out of your coach is to actually listen to them and ask questions when you need clarification.
Athletes need space
I’m not just talking about physical space either, however for safety purposes it’s not wise to walk near someone when they are doing a major lift, just in case they need to drop it. You don’t want heavy weight falling on you. You don’t want them tripping over your stuff either, so keep your distance.
As I said before, CrossFit requires concentration and moving into someone’s space pulls their focus. You also need to give them ‘mental space’ for the same reasons outlined above, so don’t talk to them when they obviously have their mind on something else.