Gym Rules

1. Arrive early and stay late. Cheer, clap, and encourage others. Anything less and you will cheat yourself of the experience and rob others of the gift of your presence and support as part of the community.

2. Accidents and injuries happen and usually come as a result of impatience. Don’t be greedy. Slow down. Ask questions. Ask for help. Upward progression in strength, speed and ability WILL COME.

3. Treat equipment with respect, but don’t baby it. Plates, barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, etc. are meant to be picked up and dropped. Respect the equipment by using it , but don’t abuse it.

4. Chalk is useful, even necessary. It is also messy. Use as much as you need, but keep the excess inside the chalk bucket! You don’t want to have to vacuum with Fran cough!

5. Clean up and put away all equipment after each workout. I’m not your mom and you are all adults. Clean up sweat, spit, blood, chalk, dirt, vomit, handprints, and whatever else you’ve left behind.

6. Grunting, screaming, and otherwise making noise are all welcome and encouraged during a workout. There is such a thing as gentle, quiet strength, although most of us haven’t mastered that yet. Also remember that there can be such a thing as too loud, crass, gross, or rude – common sense rule applies, please be respectful.

7. Don’t make us ask you for money! Monthly dues are due on the first. Enough said.

8. We are respectful but we are not politically correct. We joke, yell, grunt, scream, sweat, bleed, etc. You will too.

9. Have Fun, Laugh & Smile a lot. Yes, you’re going to work harder than you thought possible. Yes, it’ll hurt. So what? Have fun with it. CrossFit Everett is a playground and while we’re constantly increasing work capacity, we’re having a blast at the same time.

10. Work hard, the harder you work, the better you’ll get. Effort is more important than any other attribute. DON’T BE EMBARASSED OR ASHAMED if you have a 50 lb deadlift and the person next to you has a 500lb deadlift; if your Fran time is 20 minutes and someone else finished in 3; if you can’t go Rx’d and scale every workout – AS LONG AS YOU ARE TRYING YOUR HARDEST. What you do doesn’t matter so long as you push the envelope each and every workout. Believe this – the juice is worth the squeeze.

11. Check your ego at the door. Don’t bring that stuff into the gym. Sometimes it’s hard to let this go, especially for the male species. CrossFit is magical in its ability to wreck egos. You have been warned.

12. Introduce yourself. CrossFit Everett is more than a gym. It’s a community. If you see a CrossFitter you haven’t met yet, please introduce yourself, as they may need to revive your unconscious body later and “Dude, wake up…” is just so impersonal.

13. Do not cheat. Do every rep, with solid technique, no matter the time it takes. You only cheat yourself of the opportunity to become a better athlete and person. There is no honor in cheating, what joy is there in a victory you didn’t earn?

14. Brag to your family and friends. You’re getting in the best shape of your life. You’re having fun. You’re doing things you never thought possible. Be proud of this.

15. Get your Butt in the door! A workout may suck before and during, but no one ever feels bad after they workout!!!!! The hardest part is coming in and getting started, so just do it.

  1. Krysta Robinsin
    July 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Currently I live in Ketchikan, AK and I literally just began with Ketchikan CROSSFIT (this past Saturday)…. I LOVE IT!!!! I will be moving to Everett, WA in the very near future and what I’ve seen of your gym makes me happy!! 🙂
    I loved the gym rules btw…!
    I’ll see you soon!

    • July 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Krysta – we look forward to meeting you!

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