CrossFit Nelspruit                                                Ruhan Koekemoer : 0724021852                   
           # Nelsparta

Don't Be That Guy!!!!

Certain arenas require you to behave in a respectable manner. You wear the appropriate work attire because you are a professional and you are an employee of a professional company. You should take your hat off when you’re in a church. Stand up and sing during the national anthem. Nobody really tells you to do these things–you just have an innate feeling that it’s common courtesy to do them. It feels right. 

And the same goes for that most sacred of chapels—the CrossFit box. But for some inexplicable, infuriating reason, there are some people who just don’t get it. Perhaps they aren’t aware of the box etiquette, or they simply ignore it. Well, we’re here to say that you must stop this nonsense at once and pay attention to the rules: 

Rule 1: Put your toys away!
Seems obvious enough, right? I assume you all clean up your own dishes when you’re done eating at home—you wouldn’t wait for someone else to do it for you. There’s nothing more infuriating for a box owner and coach to see plates left out or a stray band tied round a pull-up bar after class. Space and time is a premium for a CrossFit class, and no one wants to waste it by cleaning up someone else’s stuff. So do everyone a big favour and take pride in your box by putting your toys away. It’s really not that hard. If you want to take it a step further, help your fellow athletes clean up too. Many hands make light work. Don't be that guy...

Rule 2: Don’t drop the barbell when you’re stripping the plates.
When you are cleaning up, save your coach from a brain aneurism and strip down your barbell properly. This means you should lift the barbell and slide the plates off of it, then place it back on the floor—don’t just let it crash to the ground. This is how they get damaged, and as your coach will tell you, they’re not cheap to replace. R4000 and 100 burpees when you do.. Don't be that guy...

Rule 3: Clean and disinfect your toys when you've sweated, chalked and bled on it
Aside from being on obvious point of hygiene, it really isn’t a pleasant sensation to grab a wall ball that’s wetter than a new born baby, or sit your ass down on an abmat that might as well have been placed against the bare skin of the person before you. Grab the paper towel and disinfectant plrovided and clean that stuff up. It only takes 30 seconds to wipe down your equipment. Please do it—for everyone’s sake. Don't be that guy...

Rule 4: Don’t steal other people’s equipment.
When you’re setting up for a chipper (or any WOD that requires numerous pieces of equipment), you try to set up your area with the gear in such a way to make everything easily accessible as you switch from movement to movement. And this can even extend to the pull-up bar—especially if you need to attach a band. So when some fool takes your wall ball or steals your bar in the middle of a WOD, you have every right to feel upset. It’s a CrossFit faux paux that should NEVER, EVER happen. Don't be that guy...

Rule 5: Don’t be late.
Remember, the box isn’t a globo gym—you can’t turn up whenever you please (unless it’s Open gym). Classes run in a box, and people pay good money to attend them and get their hours' worth of fitness and instruction. There are few things more annoying than watching a straggler turn up and think they can just jump into class as if nothing has happened. Hell no, son. Go home, and have enough respect for your classmates and coaches to arrive on time. Don't be that guy...

Rule 6: Check in/Sign up for class.
This applies both to drop-ins and regular box attendees. If you are a member of a popular gym, and you know that classes get pretty full, give your coach a heads up by signing up online. Use the Itensity software, it is there for YOU to have a better box experience. We’ve all been through WODs that have had to been altered significantly because there wasn’t enough equipment/space to go around, and it’s not fun. There are class caps for a reason, so save your coach the trouble of having to change the WOD around and just sign up. Don't be that guy..'

Rule 7: Pay attention when the coach is giving instruction.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing CrossFit for 1 month or 5 years, it’s disrespectful to have your own private conversation or do your own thing when the coach is trying to give instruction to the class. You may know how to perform each movement off the top of your head, but not everyone does, so just be patient and quiet and let everyone get the full benefits of the coache's knowledge. Besides, you might learn something new about the lift that you would have otherwise missed! Don't be that guy...

Rule 8: Don’t have a conversation with someone in the middle of a workout.
If your “short” conversation is going to force me to warm up again, then you might want to save it till after the workout. Don't be that guy...

Rule 9: If you ask to borrow an athlete’s gear—give it back when you’re done.
Have you ever had someone ask if they can borrow your roll of tape, only to find that they keep passing it off to every single person who suddenly needs to wrap themselves up like a mummy? And you’ve always had a suspicion that someone else might have conveniently ‘lost’ those wrist straps you lent them a few weeks ago. Don’t be a jerk, if you borrow some gear, give it back when YOU are done with it—not the entire class. STAY OUT OF THE MEDICAL BOX. Don't be that guy...

Rule 10: Don’t move the chalk bucket mid-WOD.
I believe that chalk is necessary to some athletes workouts. The buckets containing this white gold are usually tactically placed so as to be easily accessible to as many people as possible in the midst of a WOD. If someone decides to move it to their area, then all hell breaks loose. At least for me. Hell hath no fury like a Saffa denied his chalk. Keep the chalk in the bucket. Don't be that guy...

Rule 11: Respect an athlete’s space.
This is crucial for safety purposes, as well as the focus of the athlete. If someone is preparing for a major lift, don’t walk behind them, in front of them, or anywhere close to them. If they need to bail, the last thing a coach wants to see happen is the bar strike an athlete standing too close, or worse yet have an athlete fall back on to someone else’s equipment. Don't be that guy...

Rule 12: Try to avoid ghost riding.
Ghost riding refers to the phenomenon of dropping barbells, kettlebells and all manner of equipment from overhead, regardless of the situation or weight. This is important because dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells with thin plates can bounce when dropped from overhead and ricochet into yourself and other athletes. While it is very satisfying to hear the crash of the weights against the floor, try to reserve the sensation for the strictly heavy lifts. Keep in mind that equipment is expensive, respect it. Don't be that guy...

Rule 13: Introduce yourself to newcomers.
First day at the box is normally scary for a newby, seeing all the incredible athletes freaks some people out. Take the first step in introducing yourself, We are blessed to have only nice people at our box.You should view it as your duty as a member of your box to make sure that the new athlete feels welcome in a new environment—especially if it’s their first taste of CrossFit. Furthermore, the new member will probably give a positive review of your box to their friends, which will bring in new business for your coach and help the community grow. BE THAT GUY...

Rule 14: THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE. 

CrossFit is fun, at our Box we are building a community of likeminded people who respect ourselves enough to make an effort to improve ourselves. Passing on this culture and sense of community is paramount to the success of every Box. Have fun, go hard, go every day, go heavy, go light, go high, go low, go safe...just go be the best athlete you can possible be... Welcome to the CrossFit Nelspruit Community