One unadvertised benefit of CrossFit is the ability to drop in on other CrossFit gyms when traveling. During a short recent business trip, I had the pleasure of dropping in on CrossFit Invictus in San Diego. I arrived jet lagged, sleepless and tired from a long day. Somehow after an absolute gasser of a workout, I left feeling better than when I arrived.
I’ve been lucky enough to drop in all over the US and the world over the last decade plus and have always experienced the same feeling of being welcome whenever I have done so. I don’t look to set PR’s on the road – simply look to get in a good sweat with some new friends. I hope that you take advantage of this opportunity as well as you travel.
There are a few bits of drop in etiquette that you should adhere to:
- Be early, sign up/email ahead of time – you’ll need to sign a waiver, pay, find the changing area, etc. 15 minutes early at least
- Be low maintenance. Go with the flow. They will do things differently than we do for sure. Just go with it. Listen to instructions and follow them.
- Whether you’re dropping in or someone is dropping in to our gym, introduce yourself and say hello. It’s always helpful and appreciated.
**. Drop In policies vary from gym to gym but the vast majority of CrossFit gyms accommodate drop ins.