With summer just around the corner, PCF athletes are sure to begin (or continue) their vacation or work travels. The beautiful thing about CrossFit in 2018 is that there are affiliates everywhere and going away for a week doesn’t mean that your current, elite levels of fitness need drop off until you return home and through the doors of Potomac or Patriot CrossFit. You can almost always drop in at a local affiliate and get in a great workout.
With that in mind, it’s important to note good etiquette for being a drop-in on your world-wide travels. Here are some pointers on how to be the best drop-in athlete possible:
- Try to sign up for a class ahead of time via their website; if possible, sign a waiver and upload credit card info online ahead of time as well
- If it is not readily apparent how to do so, contact the gym and let them know you’d like to come for a drop-in, provide a date and a time, and ask if there are are any steps to follow to set that up ahead of time
- If they are cash only, offer to pay before class begins.
- ALWAYS assume there is a drop-in fee, and don’t ask if you can pay by buying a t-shirt unless they explicitly offer that deal
- Look at the programming ahead of time, and figure out how you will scale the workout if need be
- If the situation calls for it, inform the coach before class that you’ll need to scale back the weights/reps/distances/etc.
- Your goal should be to be as low maintenance as possible
- Show up early.
- NEVER ask to do your own programming.
- Respect the gym’s equipment: unless it is obvious that dropping is OK, don’t assume it’s OK to drop barbells. Wipe off sweat and other bodily fluids when finished. Bring my own sanitary wipes when you drop in as not all gyms provide them, and it’s a nice thing to do.
- If you have one, try to bring your own jump rope.
- Respect the hell out of their coaches. They may give you feedback that you don’t like, or give you information contrary to things you’ve heard at PCF or at other gyms; despite this, thank them for their input and feedback and take it into consideration. Everyone has something to learn from everyone else.
- Be positive.
- If you finish the workout before others, do not start cleaning up your equipment or pack your bags to leave. Cheer on others and encourage them as they finish.
- If you want to go the extra mile, bring a t-shirt with you from PCF. I often try to buy a t-shirt at Potomac or Patriot before I know I am going to head out of town so I can leave it with the coach or the owner of the gym.
If you enjoyed your time at the gym, leave a positive review on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Also, post to Facebook/Instagram, and be sure to “Check-in” with a photo. These go a long way in terms of helping their business.
We know you will represent the strong and positive PCF community well where ever you go, and we hope this Memorial Day Weekend is the start to a great summer. Safe travels!