Keep it Clean

Courtesy of Shutterstock.comLately, I feel like I’m going to hack up a lung.

O.K. Maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but when you’ve been coughing for nearly two weeks, the possibility of your lung emerging becomes more and more likely every day.

For clarity’s sake, I’m sick. And still at work. You can call me dedicated.

Anyways, as the wonderful season of flu and colds sneezes itself into existence — along with much awaited snow, at least on my part — I can’t help but get all middle-school-nurse on my blog.

Do you ever think about how many different pairs of hands grip each barbell or pull up bar? How about all that bodily fluid that falls on your floor every hour that some call “leaving your mark”?

If that’s not bad enough, then you have members like me who say, “Oh, I’m well enough to brave the Box! Can’t miss too many days of CrossFit!” Then, they hack and sneeze and spread germs across your beloved equipment and expensive space. Then, they infect others with a cold or flu that will spread and spread until it reaches epidemic proportions.

Alright, a bit dramatic. But I’m ill, so I’m probably hallucinating. Again, just kidding.

My point is, what thought do you give to the cleanliness of your gym? Yes, the whole warehouse/garage décor looks like you mean to rough someone up in the corner of your Box, and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s an awesome feeling and totally makes me think I can kick butt.  In summary, cleanliness matters, people.

I’m not saying get trigger happy with your bottle of cleaner, nor am I saying you need to run around, wiping up sweat after people like a hungry dog going for scraps. However, I am saying you need to take stock in the level of clean, and subsequent health, of your gym.

Plus, you know that whole blog about first looks I talked about two weeks back? Yeah, your members and potential prospects will notice if there is a pile of grim in the corner or a layer of dried sweat and chalk on your floor. It’s a nasty picture yes, but that’s the point.

Hire someone to clean. Make it part of your Coach’s job to put things back where they belong and to wipe down the equipment. Get an intern or two and teach them how to scrub the floor.

Do something. Anything. But keep it clean.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at

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