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Persist Etiquette

We’re a community of athletes bonded by the method in which we train, an admiration for each other’s individual accomplishments, and a commitment to personal accountability and mutual respect.  A little box etiquette goes a long way.

There are some things that we do every single day at Persist – like going over the day’s workout or going through a proper warm-up. While in some ways mundane, it lays the foundation for the environment in which we train and is an integral part of our class vibe.

The same could be said for our list of box etiquette– this list makes expectations clear, holds us each accountable to our community, and aides in the daily operations of the box.

We wanted to take a moment to review our etiquette list.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Oh shit, was it me? Did I not do one of the things on this list? Is this post about me?!?!”

The answer is simple – no, it is not about anyone in particular but all of us as a community.

We go over these things periodically because it reflects our culture here at Persist and reading it helps to fortify its contents into daily box life and mindset. 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.


CrossFit Persist Box Etiquette


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 assimilate into class by mimicking what you see going on and please don’t take your time getting going nor interrupt by chit chatting!

Check Your Ego at the Door

Please check your ego at the door, it’s likely to get trounced if you don’t; 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 improve now and long into the future.

Introduce Yourself 

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. Plus, they may need to revive your unconscious body later on and “hey dude” is so impersonal.

We Work Together

We start classes together, do our work and finish classes together as a group.  If you arrive early, work on a skill or do things you need to do to get going.  Please don’t do the warmup and stand/sit around waiting for class to start.  Wait, do the warmups and stretching with everyone else, allow yourself to be coached even in the warmup and follow the coaches lead.

Don’t Break Down Your Equipment Until Everyone Has Finished the Workout

At Persist, we respect and cheer on our fellow athletes that may not have finished the workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. You can cheer on others, stretch, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the down time, but don’t touch your equipment.

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 your barbell drops to the floor and dances into someone else’s shin injuring them for weeks or bounces into a wall. Guide the barbells down to the floor.   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 and when taking weights off, gently place in on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that it is.

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. Plus, by carrying those huge Rogue boxes all the way across the shop, you’ll gain a lot of fitness.

Clean Off Your Bars

It’s quite possible that at some point in your CrossFit career you may bleed or sweat on a pull-up bar or barbell. Please, please clean off your bar.

Chalk Usage

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.  Oh, and bars and barbells don’t use chalk, people do, so only put chalk on your hands not on the steel.

Children at the Box

Children who can sit on the couch or on the chairs while their parents workout are welcome to come to the box with Mom or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the gym 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.  The classes are for the workout of the day, they are not play time for the kids.

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.

Let the Coaches Coach….

Let the Coaches coach, instruct and worry about what everyone is doing.  You worry about yourself and worry about you getting better.  What others lift, how they move or even how they count isn’t for you to concern yourself with.  Coaches coach, athletes support.

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