There are some things that we do every single day at Roots – like meeting at the whiteboard to talk through the 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 Shop Etiquette – this list makes expectations clear, holds us each accountable to our community, and aids in the daily operations of the shop.

Each time we post this, someone thinks, “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.

We share this list periodically because it reflects our culture here at Roots and rereading it helps to fortify its contents into daily shop 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 Roots Shop Etiquette

Be on Time

We cover a lot in class and utilize every minute. We expect you to arrive on time and stay through to the end of class. 

Check Your Ego at the Door

Please check your ego at the door. No one cares how much you can lift, we care how well you lift and how hard you try.

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. 

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

At Roots, 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. You can cheer on others, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the downtime, but don’t touch your equipment.

Treat Empty Barbells Like They Were Your Baby

Would you drop a baby? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class. When putting the barbell down, gently place it on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that it is. And while we’re at it, that also goes for barbells that are loaded with 10 lb. bumpers only.

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 spot just because they’re not there. If your wallball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wallball, 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 (all of them), 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 on a pull-up bar or barbell. Please, please clean off your bar with one of the shop disinfectant wipes.

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, a light dusting of your hands is all you need.

Phones and Headphones

No phones on the shop floor. If you need to keep track of weights and scores, use paper, a post-it, or counter hearts. Additionally, headphones are for the big box gyms and you self-selected out of that, plus it’s rude and standoffish. We suffer together.

Children at the Shop

Children who can sit quietly while their parents workout are welcome to come to the shop with a parent. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the shop 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.