While circumstances may cause you to occasionally be late for class, there’s nothing worse than people who are chronically late. Being late is doing a disservice to all of your fellow athletes in class. It disrupts the class, you have to have the warm-up explained to you while everyone else is off and running, we have to wait for you to come back from a run that you were told to cut short, etc. Our one hour together is packed pretty full of stuff, so you need to be on time or (dare I say it) EARLY and ready to go when the class starts.
Basically, if you’re on time, you’re late.
Plan to be early to class in order to sign-in, look over the WOD, and warm-up prior to starting. A good rule of thumb is to be at the box 10 minutes prior to go time.
There are few other things more annoying than watching a straggler turn up and think they can just jump into class as if nothing has happened. We know people have busy lives, and coming to CrossFit is just one part of the day. With family obligations, work, traffic and everything else, showing up on time can sometimes be difficult. Here at Paramount, we understand that. You all pay good money to be part of this community and get your hours’ worth of fitness and instruction. We never want to turn someone away, but when late arrival starts to affect the way we run classes, and the quality of the product we offer, it’s our responsibility to pay attention.
On a daily basis, our coaches are looking ahead at sign-ups to see who is in class and how many people they will have. This allows us to plan warm-ups, consider equipment and other logistics, and ask for coaching assistance if needed. Knowing who will be in class and having them all arrive for the start of class is a key component to being a successful program.
When someone arrives late or shows up unannounced it throws off the dynamics of the class structure and coaches have to make adjustments on the fly. In addition to that, its rude. “What are we doing?” is a common question we get from late arrivals – the fact is, you missed what we are doing. As a coach, I can waste time re-explaining it to you, or I can continue coaching those who arrived on time. That’s not all, we often have to adjust equipment layout, partnering, and time elements to accommodate late arrivals and those who didn’t sign up.
If you come in late, you may be missing the warm up, or the strength, and we may send you off to just row, or do a simple dynamic warm up. Don’t get your feelings hurt. We set our warm up to be custom at the start of class with the amount of people in the class at that time. It wouldn’t be a good idea for you to jump in cold to a strength portion of a workout – it’s better to keep it simple or eliminate some elements of the workout to keep you safe.
And if you’re really late, consider whether its better to short-change your workout or wait and take the next class instead.