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Brutus’ Guide to Gym Etiquette

By admin | In Events and Announcements | on January 27, 2011

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!

MAKE UP DAY 1.27.11

13 Comments to "Brutus’ Guide to Gym Etiquette"

  • Scott says:

    January 27, 2011 at 7:48 AM -

    Who is THAT guy? Look at those long flowing Sampson locks. I hope his evil boss doesn’t make him chop his hair. :)

    Sorry for slamming the bars Ruth! I was trying to beat Pooja. She was FLYING!!

    Who is kicking Ab Mats? Forget burpees, he should be forced to suffer a dinner at Marcus’s house…. with chicken feet, cabeza, and a double portion of liver!! :)

  • Brian says:

    January 27, 2011 at 8:05 AM -

    Sorry Mom! Although i do like how booze is the first one on the list of things we spend money on.

    She knows her audience.

  • Xuan says:

    January 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM -

    The bar is my friend, the bar is my friend, the bar is my friend….that’s what goes through my mind when I’m staring at heavy weight. Also tends to be what goes through my mind after a few drinks as well.

  • melissa says:

    January 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM -

    does old auntie melissa need to come through and hit someone over the head with a rolling pin?!

    1. ruth says:

      January 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM -

      Dear Melissa needs to come to the gym period!! Where have you been?! :-)

  • Pooja says:

    January 27, 2011 at 9:56 AM -

    ya! i’m totally guilty on tuesday of throwing the bar onto the rack during the wod. gahhh! brutus don’t hurt me :(

    haha scott thanks for the compliment!! i definitely felt like i had to throw sh!t around to keep up with you though. sheesh that was a brutal wod.

    as for #7…
    i still have burpees i’m paying off since 2010. “bitter much?” you might ask… “HELL YES!” i would say. so beware, i’m drivin that bus full speed!

  • Al says:

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM -

    I like #2 especially. I see this all the time. So much so that it’s one of the first things covered in our On-Ramp course now. This video is a perfect example of why you need to walk the bar in. It also shows the punishment for doing 1/4 squats.

    Looking forward to getting in there soon and testing out the fancy bars and kilo plates!

  • Michael H says:

    January 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM -

    Guilty and checking myself into rehab

    @Al great vid, haha

  • Xuan says:

    January 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM -

    Al, that is a great video. Although I’m sheepishly laughing because I forgot to put clamps on the bar the other day and as I was backing out of the squat rack disaster (thankfully it was only 45# plates). Very embarassing. But not as embarassing as the depth on that guy’s squat.

  • melissa says:

    January 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM -

    ruth!!! i’ve been there… sporadically… didn’t you see on the whiteboard that i pr’d my bench at back squat on monday, both 155? 😉

  • Nick says:

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM -

    Ummm, it’s meat week next week:


  • ruth says:

    January 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM -

    @Al, where DO YOU GET THESE?!! Hysterical!!

    @Melissa, it only counts if you’re in here when I’m here..but CONGRATS!! just the same!

    @Nick, holy cow….

  • melissa says:

    January 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM -

    nick, it looks like i know what i’m doing every night next week thanks to your handy-dandy calendar. nice work, dude. :)

    ruth, i guess it really has been a long time since we’ve seen each other if you really believe that i can bench or squat 155lb… 😉

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