I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
And, you know, I just need to say it.
If you’re going to come to Crossfit, please. Don’t be an asshole.
I know I’ve probably stolen my favorite jump rope back from someone maybe once (sorry, Walter!), but, you know, he didn’t know that the Nike jump rope clearly had “DK” written ALL over it. All kidding aside, I have a few words. Call me overly critical, but I’ve noticed a few of these happening with extreme frequency lately, especially with the crazy increase in membership at classes (especially the weekends).
So, with no more ado, a few open letters:
Please don’t be an asshole.
It’s annoying when you steal someone’s workout space. This happens on a regular basis, and I realize that sometimes it’s unavoidable to impinge on someone’s space, but if you happen to see a bar or a water bottle or a jump rope or a box (or a person standing) in front of a space or pull-up bar, don’t just edge them out of the way. Also, don’t steal their equipment. If it’s particularly crowded, be a nice Crossfitter and ask if the space is taken, or if more room can be made. If it’s not crowded, freaking go somewhere else, and don’t be a lazy jerk and get your own equipment.
Another point: Part of the reason I go to Crossfit is because the work that others do inspires myself. I’ve been the person at the end that everyone had to cheer on just so I could finish. Don’t be an asshole. If you finish your WOD first, awesome! Go you! But be considerate and just wait a few more minutes before you start putting your equipment away. It’s distracting to the athletes who are still working out, and takes away from the community feel. It’s also unsafe if the class is crowded.
Which brings me to…
…DEAR LORD! Be careful where you fling your equipment! I was almost smacked in the face with a barbell a few weeks ago because someone wasn’t watching where they were going and wasn’t carrying it properly. You’ve been to On-Ramp, right? You know how to respect the equipment, right? Then you should probably also think about being conscious of the people around you, too. Believe it or not, you’re not the only person working out in this space.
Finally, please be courteous and maybe a little polite. We’re all in this together. We’re all a community, and a lot of us really care about each other. It’s disheartening when you smack-talk or are friendly on Facebook and then a dick in person. Be nice to people. Both in and out of the box. Cheer on your fellow athletes. Help someone who looks totally wiped pick up their space. Ask someone why they started Crossfitting. Give a shit. Don’t be an asshole.
I don’t ask for much. Use common sense. Remember the Golden Rule.
I’m telling you this because I love you.
Please don’t think I’m being nit-picky or anti-fun. Au contraire, it’s in the spirit of fun and sportsmanship and unity and solidarity that I’m bringing up these things. It’s your job as coach to not only make sure that we work our asses off, but to also ensure that we’re being whipped in a safe and friendly environment.
There’s a reason we don’t go to Planet Fitness. We love what Crossfit offers. We love you!
Just make sure no one else is being an asshole.