Here at Glevum, there are a bunch of things that we do with each and every single class. For example, coming together at the “whiteboard” to go through the WOD and then always performing session specific warm-up before getting started. While in some ways this may feel repetitive, it’s a very important task in laying the foundation for the environment in which we train and creating our class atmosphere.
The same could be said for the following list of non-negotiable’s – this list makes expectations clear, holds each of us to the same high standards, and keeps the gym running like a well-oiled machine!
We live and breathe this list but sometimes we get caught up in other things and need a simple reminder. This is the structure for how we operate, what we think is important, and what we expect of the athletes within our community.
Each of you have committed to it, and for that, we thank you.
The Glevum Non-Negotiable’s
Be on time
We cover a lot in class and utilise every minute we have available. No, we won’t lock the doors five minutes after class begins; however, if you are late, please consider waiting for the next class. We understand that in some occasions this can’t be helped, but let’s not make it a reoccurring event.
Leave your ego at the door
Honestly, nobody really takes any consideration as to how much you can lift. However, we do care how well you are lifting and that we have set you an appropriately level to work at. We as coaches are here to help you learn, be safe, and improve. We want you lifting for the long haul not the heaviest haul.
Please introduce yourself to all newcomers (or someone you don’t recognise). Remember, you were once the new guy or girl in class? A friendly introduction goes a long way.
Don’t put you’re equipment away until the end
No one starts putting their equipment away until everyone has finished their workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. It is the perfect time to use the names you now know of everyone and cheer them on to the end!
No ditching the barbells – ever
Yes, we know you’re cool and we know how empowering it is to drop a barbell from overhead. You know what’s not empowering? When your barbell drops to the floor and dances into someone else’s shin. Not sure what we’re talking about? Ask your coach next time in class.
Treat the equipment like it’s your child
Would you drop your baby from three feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use empty barbells, kettlebells and dumbbells a lot in class for drill and form work. When putting the these down, gently place them on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that it is.
You’re not the only one
The gym is not just yours, it’s many others as well. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar just because they’re not there. If your wall ball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wall ball, don’t use someone else’s just because it’s closer.
School rules still apply
You have to clean-up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to get out and put away your own equipment, count your own reps, get your own wipes, clean off your bars, and make sure you put any rubbish in the bins provided.
Clean off your bars
It’s quite possible that at some point in your CrossFit career you may bleed on a pull-up bar or barbell. Please, please clean off your bar and if you need the bleach solution—just ask!
Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Yes, you’ll have to walk all the way to the chalk bucket to dust your hands. While some people believe that chalk is the magic fairy dust of CrossFit performance, the fact of the matter is that a light dusting of your hands is all you need.
Children at the gym
Children who can behave and hang out patiently on the seating area while their parents workout are welcome to come to the gym with Mum or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the floor or training area. Sure we like kids, however, the safety of the children and quality of the members’ training environment demands this arrangement.
Go the Distance
Every athlete pushes themselves in a different way. You can scream, cuss, cry, go to your happy place, or even rest…just don’t quit. The human body is capable of more than you can possibly comprehend; challenge it accordingly.