Gym Etiquette

Here are a few gym rules we ask members to adhere to 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:

Give us your feedback We love to hear from our members and guests. If you have something you want to say, please share it with us in our comment box located next to the Client Check-In Kiosk. Please let us know your gripes as well as your likes!

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 Abmats were located? Please introduce yourself to newer members and help them get acquainted with our community. 

No One Left Behind. If you are attending class, your workout isn’t over until the last member of the class has also finished. If you complete your workout before someone else, find someone who hasn’t finished and cheers them on. Your workout and goals may be an individual effort, but the common goal of progress is better attained through unity and camaraderie. 

SAFETY:

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

Respect Our Coaches. Please pay attention when the Coach is explaining the workout and the movements. We ask that you refrain from loading barbells, grabbing equipment, practicing movements or discussing what you had for lunch when the coach is talking. 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!

Don’t Load Up Early. Please do not load or place weight on your barbell until you are told to do so by the coach. Trust us, you will be asked to remove the weight from your barbell.

Scaling is Not for Sissys. The most optimal approach is individualized, we think of ‘scaling’ as ‘prescribing’. 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. We love all of our PP 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 gym floor or any equipment unless they are participating in a Ninja Cats session with Pablo.

Do not suffer in silence. If you have a limiting ache/pain/injury please notify a coach immediately so your workout can be prescribed appropriately. 

ATTENDANCE:

Sign up for class before you get here and sign in to Class when you arrive. If the kiosk isn’t working, please notify the coach.

Come Early. In fact, we prefer that you are early. Use the time to sign in, warm-up, use the restroom, or meet a new member! Please be ready for class when it starts.

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 coming from STL in the evening can suck. 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.

Don’t come to the gym when you are sick/contagious. In general, it is okay to workout while experiencing “above the neck” symptoms but in fairness to the non-sick participants, if you’re going to get some exercise in while battling a cold you should opt for an at-home workout. If you do choose to come in, be respectful of others and sanitize all the equipment that you use. 

Clean up your DNA. Please clean up your sweat, blood, and puke (if you puke we have other issues to address). Wipe down your equipment before putting it away and pick up your used tape, Band-Aids, towels, Kleenex, and sweaty clothes.

Brush off excess chalk from barbells and clean off excess chalk from powder-coated items such as pull-ups bars, gymnastics bars, parallettes, kettlebells, etc. 

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 whiteboards and equipment and keep your bodily fluids off our equipment. Pick up your tape, markers, poker chips, 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 want to make every effort to keep the facility as clean as possible. 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. 

  • Do not drop the 10’s from any height and do not drop the 15’s from overhead
  • Always use clips when doing any form of squatting, pressing, Olympic weightlifting, and any time the bar is on your back or going overhead. 
  • Do not drop dumbbells unless you are at risk of serious injury
  • Close the clips before you store them
  • Don’t Drop Empty Barbells. Please do not drop a barbell without weight or when stripping weight off the barbell.

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. 

ATTITUDE:

Be respectful and use positive self-talk. Eliminate Can’t or Never from your Vocabulary! Don’t drag others down with a bad attitude. Your goals and fitness aspirations are attainable with a little hard work and determination. Be optimistic, have fun and push yourself and others to do better.

Don’t Quit. Some workouts will challenge you and push you to your perceived limits. We simply 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 gave your best effort and honored good movement practices. 

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 prescribing options until you can execute a full range of motion (ROM)! Progress takes time so be patient, have fun and push yourself and others to become better.

Learn to Count. No one cares if you cheat your reps/rounds, but you should, it’s your results and integrity on the line

Train Smart. Warm-Up. Cool Down. Take Rest Days. We love Gainz…but make them smart Gainz! Rest, nutrition, and sleep are critical components to achieving results. Training and Volume alone won’t get you to your goal. Before coming in to train for 2-3 hours, start first with getting really good at training for one hour. 

Standards. Always use a full range of motion and train to the standard we teach. Just because you can do “x” weights or movements doesn’t mean you always should. Light and right is generally better than heavy and hurt.

Be accountable to yourself. Track your goals, your workout times, and PRs. Whether you utilize TrueCoach or simply use a notebook, what is measured can be managed. 

 

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