July 24, 2018

Gym Guide to Success (& Safety)

The other day in class an athlete walked about six inches in front of a lifter right before she was about to attempt a massive clean & jerk. A few minutes later I saw an athlete sitting on some bumper plates during a much-needed rest break. And then a poor little Apple iPhone Watch was put on the floor in the middle of a lifting zone.

It immediately dawned on me that this sort of gym etiquette is new to a lot of people. For many, Defined represents the first gym experience of any kind. Here is a go-to list for all athletes (new and experienced) to make sure you start off on the right track.

Coach David

1 – Show up on time for class. This is a huge one. Maybe the most important because it sets the tone. Enough said.
2 – Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Do not write on the gym floor with it either.
3 – Please wipe down all equipment when you are done (even the whiteboards).
4 – When a lifter is getting set up for a big lift, don’t walk in front of them. It distracts their eyesight & focus.
5 – Always put your equipment away.
6 – iPhones and all refreshments don’t belong on the training floor. We have seen our fair share of squished telephones.
7 – Dropping 15#, 10# or 5# plates or an empty barbell is a bad idea.
8 – Sitting on bumper plates or the barbell is bad luck.
9 – If you change your shoes (or need to grab additional equipment), make sure you wait until the coach is done talking or explaining the workout.
10 – Ask questions. It is the greatest way to learn. And the coaches love this stuff.
11 – Meet new people. Share equipment with new people. Say “hello” to new people. You get the point.
12 – If you destroy the mirrors in the bathroom with water & soap. Wipe them down for the next user.
13 – Don’t be nervous to introduce yourself to a coach or gym training partner. Sounds like #11.
14 – Track your training progress. Especially strength numbers (example: back squat) and benchmark / named workouts (example: Fran).
15 – Stinky shorts & shoes make for a long hour for everyone. Check it.

This is a short list, but everyone will benefit from adhering to these simple rules. Happy training.

Coach David

The best coaches and teammates
in Chicago. Hands down. This place has changed
my life.

F. Almeda, joined in 2016

Good morning Coach, I just did a workout at a CrossFit gym here in DC and I want to tell you how much I appreciate the team at Defined. You guys "spoil us" with not only amazing equipment but also amazing coaches who know how to bring the best out of us.

Eurenice Houndjahoue, 2019

I could go on...If you're on the fence about spending a significant chunk of change every month, think of it as one of the best investments in yourself you can make - physically, mentally, and socially. It doesn't matter if you've had trouble going to the gym regularly in the past or you've been a competitive athlete, this place is for you. Seriously. Do it.

Valerie K., 2019

From day one, everyone has gone out of their way to learn my name and relate. It really is an awesome community. I imagine CFD is CrossFit the way CrossFit was always meant to be - gritty (no mirrors - sorry, no selfies), casual, warm, and effective.

Dan T., 2019

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