CrossFit is FUN. You get to throw around heavy weights, akin to spiking a football, especially after a Snatch PR. However, our equipment is made to sustain only so much wear ‘n tear. Barbells are meant to be dropped with bumper plates, not slammed into the rack as we’ve seen in the past few days. Ab Mats are not meant to be kicked around; kettlebells should not be treated like slamballs.
So, once again Brutus rears his ugly paleo head as he’s found a need to post about the proper care and feeding of gym equipment. Your hard earned money paid for this equipment. Money that was allocated not for booze, cheat days, snow sports, or weddings, but for the pursuit of fitness. In the absence of an official Do’s & Don’ts list of gym etiquette, here are Brutus’ demands:
1. Feel free to drop bars with bumpers (preferably with the 5# technique plates or weights 15# or greater).
2. When racking bars, walk the bar in and squat it down. No throwing, dropping, banging, or slamming into racks or else Brutus will confiscate it.
3. Treat kettlebells, ab mats, med balls, etc as if you would have to replace it if you break it…and since your membership essentially pays for these things, it’s not a stretch…
4. The fancy bars and plates by the windows are for the WLC and not made for high volume throwing around a la Fran, so please refrain from playing with them (unless you wanna join the WLC???!!!).
5. Keep using the 2.5# plates to assist with loading bars for lifts from the ground. Our bumpy mats have been known to rip chunks out of the plates and we’d hate to have them erode into 44# plates and mess up your PRs!
6. Gymnastics Mats are in! Feel free to tumble on them, provided you take your shoes off and you have a spotter nearby.
7. Failure to introduce yourself to a newbie will result in Pooja throwing you under the bus and calling for 10 burpees!