Late? Here's What To Do.
Updated: Jan 20, 2020
*In Hunter's Voice*
"Alright, come on over to the whiteboard..."
Perfect world scenario, everybody is always on time for everything...lol...but you know, and I know, that isn't real life. Life happens. You get caught in a chat with a co-worker in the parking lot of your office. Traffic. You forgot your gym bag at home, and you had to turn around to go get it. Or maybe, you really struggle with punctuality. Whatever the reason, coming to class late is sometimes unavoidable, and we understand. Still, we also need to deliver an exceptional class to everyone who was able to make it to class on time. Therefore, setting the expectations of what someone should do in the instance when they are late helps ensure we can effectively run our classes and ensure that you are safely able to participate in as much of WOD as possible.
Instead of announcing your tardiness, change as quickly as you can, check the whiteboard for the warm-up, and if the warm-up is still happening, assimilate yourself into it. Unless you are in front of the board at the start of class, you are not on time. If, by the end, you still do not feel warm, do what you need to to get ready personally (bike/burpees/row to warm-up, mobilize, floss, etc.).
Please do not skip your warm-up jump right into the lift, skill, or conditioning. Taking the time to prepare yourself for the class is essential to staying injury-free. If you want to know the easiest way to get an injury, it is not taking the time to warm-up your tissues, loosen up your tight joints, and activate your muscles.
Example Self-Warm Up (Sub-7 minutes)
3 Minute Bike
5 Inch Worms
10 PVC Pass Throughs
Your coaches all make very detailed plans to ensure they properly prepare you for the lift/skill/conditioning. They plan to ensure you have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on your movement. If you are late and unable to participate in a portion of class because they are warming up, do not worry, you have the opportunity again. The critical component in our style of training (or any training for that matter) is consistency. If you consistently attend class, you will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback the next time the aforementioned lift/skill/conditioning returns. Therefore, instead of worrying about what you're missing, focus on what you can do, and then next time, make a plan to ensure you can participate fully.
We desire to give you the best 60-minutes of fitness each day. Showing up on-time helps us help you have an exceptional class experience each time you attend. Therefore, we recommend that if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late to class, you wait for the next class and spend the extra time preparing your body to train.
Thank you to everyone for being a part of this special place. We couldn't do it without you.