Box Etiquette

Be on Time

We cover a lot in class and utilise every minute, and you don’t want to miss your warmup or WOD explanation. If you’re late, please assimilate into class by mimicking what you see going on!


Please sign-in to class, if you’re having trouble signing in, please let the coach know when you arrive or email the office so we can help you.

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. 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 girl? A friendly introduction goes a long way. Plus, they may need to revive your unconscious body later on and “hey dude” is so impersonal…

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

At SF, 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 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 you barbell drops to the floor and bounces into someone else’s shin injuring them. 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 two 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, gently place in on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that is a barbell.

Check Your Surroundings and Stick to Your Equipment

If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar 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.

Clean up After Yourself

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. Use your towel during the WOD and clean up chalk mess.

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 disinfectant wipes we provide (can’t find them ask a coach). Would you like to grab a barbell from the rack and see someone else’s blood on your bar?

Chalk Usage

Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. 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. Clean up any chalk you spill or hand marks on the floor.

Children at the Box

Children who can sit off the main floor area whilst their parents workout are welcome to come to the box with Mum or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the training area. Sure we like kids, we even have some; however, the safety of the children and quality of the athletes’ training environment demands this arrangement.

Dogs at the Box

We love dogs, however not everyone does. If you do bring your four legged child to the box, please keep them tied up at all times and out of the way of the workout and other members. There’s also hygiene to consider, so please clean up after your pooch.

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.