So you are working out hard, eating clean and feeling awesome. Congrats to you! You are getting strong and looking good, especially naked. These are great things, things that we all work toward. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. However, being fit is not a license to be a jerk.

Just don’t do it!

Their new PR is not your warm-up

Ok, the new guy at the gym just hit a new PR on deadlift, 155 pounds! He couldn’t be happier. Now is not the time to snatch, overhead squat, power clean or hit a set of 30 deadlifts with that weight. You are strong, it’s tempting to rep out but slow your roll, now is the time to congratulate your fellow CrossFitter not show off.

No-rep? Not your problem

Unless you are a coach, judge, or on staff it is not your job to no-rep your fellow CrossFitters during regular workouts. I get it you see someone doing squats a millimeter above parallel and your brain is about to explode with fury. Don’t do it! Use that primal no rep rage and focus on your own workout push through and become your best not their judge.

Big box gyms are not your enemy

I love CrossFit and so do you. That doesn’t mean that large gyms are our enemies. It’s a different way of working out. Some of them might even have strange commercials. Just because you don’t do curls and rock out on the elliptical doesn’t mean that you need to hate those who do. You may not agree with the way that they are working out but that’s ok. They might think that our pullups look funny.

The grocery store is for picking up food, not passing judgment

So you are shopping at the grocery store and you are 83.4% paleo except for your cheat meals. As you are walking through the store this is not a time to instagram, facebook or tweet a picture of the overweight guy and his shopping cart full cookies, snickers, white bread and diet coke. Both you and Mr. Cookie know that his cart is filled with tasty treats that you won’t eat, no need to tell everyone on instagram.

Respect fitness in many forms

Bodybuilding, Figure Competitions, Zumba, MMA, Strongman, Powerlifting P90x, step aerobics, spinning classes, Sports, running the list goes on and on. None of these are CrossFit, as a CrossFitter you probably realize this and because you like CrossFit more than other types of fitness these forms of fitness might make you mad. However, talking badly them them and their athletes makes us look bad as CrossFitters… and not badass in a good way like that guy who just repped out 22 reps on back squat at 405 pounds , but bad like we are arrogant jerks that other people don’t want to be around.

Embrace your non-CrossFit friends

Before you started CrossFit you likely had some friends that didn’t do CrossFit. When you hang out with those people who don’t do CrossFit talk about interesting things and their interests too. It might sound silly but not that many people outside of CrossFit care about how many burpees you hit at last night’s workout. Remember that guy in high school who walked around always talking about how much he benched? Remember how little you cared about his bench press after the 28th time he told you about it? That’s how some people feel about your Fran, Grace, Burpees, and PRs.

CrossFit is about fitness, community and making yourself better. Not any of the above.