Here at The Fast Factory, there are some things that we do every single class – such as meeting at the “whiteboard” to go through the WoD or always performing a proper warm-up. While in some ways repetitive, it lays the foundation for the environment in which we train and is an important part of creating our class vibe. At this point, it is something that is simply done without even thinking about it.
The same could be said for the following list of NON-NEGOTIABLES – this list makes expectations clear, holds us each to the same standards, and keeps this play running like a well-oiled machine!
As coaches, we decided with the nice weather coming out and the change of season it is a good time to review this list with you all! Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Oh crap, was it me? Did I not do one of the things on this list? Is this post about me?!?!”
The simple answer here is – no.
We live and breathe this list daily but sometimes we start to get caught up in other things and need a simple reminder—we all do! This is the structure for how we operate, what we think is important, and what we expect of the athletes in our community.
Each of you have committed to it, and for that, we thank you.
The Fast Factory Non-Negotiables
Be on Time
We cover a lot in class and utilize every minute. No, we won’t lock the doors five minutes after class starts; however, if you’re late, please consider waiting for the next class or doing a few burpees.
Check Your Ego at the Door
Please check your ego at the door; no one cares how much you can lift, we only care how well you can lift it and if you scaled the workout appropriately. The coaches are there to help you learn and improve. We want you lifting for the long haul not the heaviest haul.
Please introduce yourself to all newcomers (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the new guy or gal? A friendly introduction goes a long way.
Don’t Break Down Your Equipment Until Everyone Has Finished the Workout
No one breaks down their equipment until everyone has finished the workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. It is the perfect time to use the names you now know of everyone and cheer them on to the end!
No Ghost-Riding the Barbells – Ever
Yes, we know you’re cool and we know how empowering it is to drop a barbell from overhead. You know what’s not empowering? When you barbell drops to the floor and dances into someone else’s shin injuring them for weeks. Not sure what ghost-riding looks like? Ask your coach next time in class.
Treat Empty Barbells Like They Were Your Baby
Would you drop your baby from three feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class for drill and form work. When putting the barbell down, gently place in on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that it is.
Check Your Surroundings and Stick to Your Equipment
The shop is not your oyster, it’s many people’s oyster. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar just because they’re not there. If your wall ball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wall ball, don’t use someone else’s just because it’s closer.
Kindergarten Rules Still Apply
You have to clean-up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to get out and put away your equipment, count your own reps, get your own tissue, and clean off your bars.
Clean Off Your Bars
It’s quite possible that at some point in your CrossFit career you may bleed on a pull-up bar or barbell. Please, please clean off your bar and if you need the bleach solution—just ask!
Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Yes, you’ll have to walk all the way to the chalk bucket to dust your hands. While some people believe that chalk is the magic fairy dust of CrossFit performance, the fact of the matter is that a light dusting of your hands is all you need.
Children at the Shop
Children who can behave and hang out patiently in the children’s lounge while their parents workout are welcome to come to the shop with Mom or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the floor or training area. Sure we like kids, we even have a few; however, the safety of the children and quality of the athletes’ training environment demands this arrangement.
Go the Distance
Every athlete pushes themselves in a different way. You can scream, cuss, cry, go to your happy place, bleed, or even rest…just don’t quit. The human body is capable of more than you can possibly comprehend; challenge it accordingly.