Be a Good Drop-In

By Colin Farrell

With the Holidays fully upon is, DCF athletes are sure to begin (or continue) their work travels.  The beautiful thing about CrossFit in 2018 is that there are affiliates everywhere and going away for a week or a few days doesn’t mean that your current, elite levels of fitness need drop off until you return. You can almost always drop in at a local affiliate and get a great workout.

With that in mind, it’s important to note good etiquette for being a drop-in on your world-wide travels. Hereare 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

    • 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 you will need to scale the workout

    • 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 unless it is abundantly clear you’ve found yourself in an Open Gym setting

  • 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 your 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 DCF 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 DCF. I often try to buy a t-shirt from my own home gym 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 and/or Facebook. 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.

Have a great week, and safe travels!


Andrew Killion