Gym Rules & Etiquette

Our goal is to foster a fun, safe, clean, and respectful training environment

Here are a few gym rules we adhere to at South Aurora CrossFit & Cardio Kickboxing that best reflect our gym’s culture and allows us to foster a fun, safe, clean, and respectful training environment for everyone in our community. This list is hardly all-inclusive, but it pretty much comes down to safety, common courtesy, and respect for others and our equipment.

COMMUNITY FIRST:

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Welcome New Members

You were once the new kid on the block. Remember when you didn’t know what an AMRAP stood for or where the Ab-mats were located? Our community is what sets us apart from any other gym. Please introduce yourself to newer members and help them get acquainted with our community.

No One Left Behind

Your WOD isn’t finished until the last member in your class is finished. If you complete your workout before someone else, find someone who hasn’t finished and cheer them on. We guarantee there will be a grueling WOD in your future where you will be the last one standing and you may just welcome that extra push or cheer to get you through it.

SAFETY:

Ask First

Additional training prior to or after class must always be cleared with the coach on duty and should not interfere with the ongoing class. The coach always has final say.

Respect Our Coaches

Please pay attention when the Coach is explaining the workout and the movements. While you may have heard the instruction for a deadlift one thousand times, it may be the first time for the person standing next to you. Besides you may just learn something new and it could be what separates you from your next PR!

Stay Unplugged

We discourage the use of personal headphones. However, if you choose to wear them anyway, PLEASE be aware of your surroundings. We often get de-sensitized to what actually goes on at the gym, but there are really heavy objects being lifted, dropped, swung and thrown. Watch where you are going and listen to what is going on around you.

Scaling is Not for Sissys

Please do not argue with the coach if they ask you to scale your weight or movement. They are trying to keep you safe and moving effectively and efficiently through the workout. A coach will stop any workout or activity if it is deemed unsafe at any time.

Kids and Barbells Don’t Mix

We love all of our gym kids, but we want them to be safe. We encourage you to bring your kids with you, but all children need to be able to sit unattended at the front of the gym. If they require supervision, please have a responsible adult in attendance to supervise them. If your child is screaming please attend to them. Children are not allowed on the equipment at any time, and must be off the gym floor during classes.

Ghostriding is Never Cool

Please control your barbells or any weight you are moving. Do not drop lightweight barbells from overhead. This is a phenomenon called Ghostriding and while you may feel cool doing it, we guarantee you won’t feel cool when your barbell hits your neighbor. So please don’t do it. Barbells should only be dumped for safety purposes and out of necessity.

Don’t Suffer in Silence

If you are injured please let us know before the workout. Remember we can scale and modify any movement! But only you know how your body feels. Train Smart!

Be On Time

Being consistently late for anything is not cool. And warming up properly is extremely important. We understand you have a life outside the gym and we all know that traffic sometimes sucks. We won’t judge you if you show up a few minutes late once in a while, but please be respectful and ask the coach if it is ok to join late or be ready to wait until the next class if possible. Don’t assume you can just jump in.

HYGIENE:

Don’t be a Smelly Nelly

Please Wear Deodorant.

Clean up your DNA. Please clean up your sweat, chalk, blood and puke. Wipe down your equipment before putting it away and pick up your used tape, Band-Aids, towels, Kleenex, and sweaty clothes.

EQUIPMENT AND FACILITY:

Speak Up

Please bring things to our attention. If you notice that equipment is broken, lights are out, or there’s no toilet paper in the bathroom, bring it to our attention so we can do something about it.

Clean Up After Yourself

Wipe down your white boards and equipment and keep your bodily fluids off our equipment. Pick up your tape, markers, cards, notebooks, water bottles, clothing and gear. 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, and hang up your jump ropes. If your kids make a mess, please clean up after them, especially any snacks they may have enjoyed as this draws insects. We pride ourselves on having one of the cleanest CF gyms in the area. Please help us keep it that way. Set the example and others will follow.

Keep the Bathrooms Clean

We don’t expect you to be janitors. Just do the simple things like making sure your paper towels and tape end up in the garbage can. If you splash water all over the floor, wipe it up. If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be neat and wipe the seat.

Respect our Equipment and Facility

Please take care of the equipment. Don’t tie knots in the jump ropes, don’t drag the boxes across the floors and don’t’ drop the kettlebells or dumbbells or any weight for that matter unnecessarily.

Don’t Drop Empty Barbells

Please do not drop a barbell without weight or when stripping weight off the barbell. This causes serious damage to our very expensive barbells. Plus every time an empty barbell is dropped a kitten dies.

Chalk Stays in the Bucket

I repeat…Chalk stays in the bucket. I assure you it is not magical fairy dust, so please use it sparingly. And whatever you do, do not use it to mark off your rounds on the floor. If you cannot follow this rule, you will be directed to the closet where the mop and bucket reside to clean up your mess.

ATTITUDE:

Be Positive

Eliminate Can’t or Never from your Vocabulary! Don’t drag others down with a bad attitude. We believe anything is possible with a little hard work and determination. Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and others to do better.

Quitting is Never an Option

We promise you the workouts will challenge you and push you to your perceived limits. We only ask that you use proper form and always try hard. Effort always earns respect. Nobody cares about your time on the board or how much weight you move, they only care that you tried.

TRAINING:

Be coachable

Everyone needs a coach! If you need help, ask for it. The coach is there to help make you better.

Your ego is not your Amigo..

And it is not welcome at our gym. Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable! Challenge yourself and continue to progress through scaling options until you can execute full range of motion! This stuff takes time so be patient, have fun and push yourself and others to become better. And please don’t take yourself so seriously…Its only CrossFit.

Learn to Count

Please do not Cheat. It’s awkward when you do and evident to everyone around you. Try to complete every rep with good form and full range of motion no matter the time it takes you. If you lose count, the next number should always be 1.

Train Smart

Warm Up. Cool Down. Take Rest Days. Rest, nutrition, and sleep are critical components to achieving results. Training and Volume alone won’t get you to your goal. Why do three WODs in one day when you aren’t very good at 1?

Have Standards

Always use full range of motion and train to the standard we teach. Just because you can do Rx weights doesn’t mean you always should. Lighter and lower is always better than heavier and higher.

Be accountable to yourself

Track your goals, your workout times, and PRs. Celebrate your accomplishments! “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!”