Cadre Standards & Expectations
Not all gyms are created equal, and this is especially so for CrossFit gyms, as they are all individually owned and operated, and not at all regulated like a franchise. This can be good and bad.
Thankfully for us at Cadre, this is a great thing, because we are able to run an incredible community here with fun-loving and knowledgeable coaches! Our community starts from the top (Jason & Julie), then trickles down to the coaches, which then overflows into all of our members, and ultimately, my friends, it is up to YOU to create, foster, and maintain our culture at Cadre.
Teamwork makes the dream work! ;-)
So, here are some friendly reminders, and a quick 101 for any of you new to Cadre:
SHOW UP EARLY. Give yourself a 10-15 min headstart in class. Unwind, check out the whiteboard, get your shoes on, catch up with your buddies, check-in with the coach, and get that potty break in!
If you walk in at the start of class, or have to be late for whatever reason, totally fine, just please jump in seamlessly with class, and try to be prompt about it. Thank you!
LISTEN. And, when I say listen, I’m talking about ACTIVE LISTENING - Eyes on the coach, ears listening, mouth closed, body facing the coach, and brain processing.
When the coach starts to talk to the class, it would be greatly appreciated if you paused your conversations for a moment, and gave us your undivided attention. We CARE about you, and what everyone to not only know what to do, but how to do it, and be safe. Plus, it’s quite frankly really annoying when someone is talking over the coach, and then afterwards has a bunch of questions. Don’t be that guy!
DO YOUR BEST. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS, AND OTHERS TO OTHERS. We all fight battles daily that we know nothing about. We all have different genetics, upbringings, histories, medical needs, dietary needs, lifestyles, etc. We are all on our own journeys here. Don’t minimize yourself and/or others by comparing. Self-improvement is where it’s at, yo!
CHEER ON THE OTHERS AFTER YOU FINISH. Better yet, join in and finish the last few reps with them. Stand to the side of them, call out their name, countdown the last set for them, and if it helps make it less awkward, do some sit ups or hold a plank while cheering them on.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF & EACH OTHER. Wipe down all the equipment you used, scrub your barbell with the brush, put everything back where it belongs, toss your towel in the basket, throw away your trash, etc. And, if you happen to come across something left behind by accident, collect good karma points and clean it up! ;-)
If you see something broken or potentially dangerous, please let the coaches know immediately, too!
TRUST THE PROCESS. STICK TO THE PROGRAM. BE CONSISTENT. Anything worth doing takes time, and I’m talking months and even years! We are always searching for the quick fix, the “right answer,” or the “best” program, and really the only problem we are having is STICKING to something long enough to get results. Don’t jump from program to program. Don’t only do the WODs and movements you like, Don’t only show up on the days you feel 100%.
SCALING, MODIFYING, & ADAPTING ARE GOOD WORDS (Not bad) AND NECESSARY. Get rid of the stigmas and misconceptions about these words. Scaling goes UP and down. Scaling is not just for beginners. It’s also for advanced and competitive athletes. You are never “done” with fitness. Modifying and adapting allows us to keep going even with setbacks and injuries. Where there’s a will, there really is a way. Get over yourself. Whether you are running, walking, or crawling, you’re still moving forward!
SAY HELLO AND ALWAYS INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW FACES. Remember that we are the fitness version of “Cheers” where everyone knows your name, and we’re always glad you came, and the problems are all the same - So, say hello each day, and make a new face feel welcomed here! ;-)
COMMUNICATE WITH THE COACH. If something is hurting, you’re not sure how to scale a movement, you have a question, or maybe you need some guidance on nutrition or weight-training, JUST ASK! Maybe you’re just not feeling the workout that day - Tell us, and let us collaborate with you on how to make today’s WOD work better for you. That’s what we’re here for! And, if you don’t speak up, we can’t help you. We can’t read minds unfortunately. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. Please, ask us, we love to help!
HAVE FUN & STRIVE TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. Every day is another chance to be better.