9 things we love…when our members…

We think that our amazing community does a stellar job of helping the coaches and owners maintain our arches and help day to day to keep things running smoothly. Below are 9 of the things we love when you all…

  1. arrive on time for class. In fact, we love it when folks get in early and mobilise/perform movement prep for specific body parts that need special attention. We know sometimes life gets in the way, trains/late meetings etc. but we love when you check ahead on the trains and allow additional travel time.

  2. come in knowing what the context of the day is. This makes sure we are all on the same page. If you come in a little sleep-deprived to a benchmark or resilience day, that’s totally OK.  Just let the coach know what’s going on in your life and we can make a game-time decision on what’s best. If you would like some help with sleep & nutrition, pH Nutrition, lead by Liam Holmes, are your go-to in-house experts on that. When Practice days are here, thats our aim. To get better at skills.

  3. Bring the correct gear in their gym bag. It’s great to see lots of members are educated on correct footwear and some sort of gymnastic grips to protect their hands.  We would also recommend that you have a skipping rope set up for yourself too! They are a bit like wands in Harry Potter, you need your own, they are unique to you and they can be used to Expelliarmus bad feels 😉  If you have none of those things and are unsure of the correct footwear etc drop us a message!

  4. Wait until all members are done before starting to pack away their kit. It’s the worst thing to be finishing a workout, working as hard as you can and the rest of the class is cleaning and chatting it up. When we see our members offer up some gentle encouragement it warms our hearts! Obviously, two caveats to this are that some may not want/need the encouragement and sometimes the coach may have given specific instructions for a cleanup.

  5. wear clean clothes and deodorant. We sweat a LOT at Shapesmiths. Very easily clothing can pick up smells, especially some technical apparel. So we appreciate everyone that wears clean clothes and wears deodorant/antiperspirant to keep the place smelling so fresh and so clean-clean.

  6. cancel classes with enough notice: This is especially awesome as it opens up precious spaces for other members keen to train that day. The notice required is 2 hours for ANY class AFTER 8AM and before 10PM the night before if attending a morning class BEFORE 8AM.

  7. take pride in your gym space. Not just in class, but in open gym too. It helps us so much when you all help to clean up, wipe down equipment and anywhere chalk has touched. Tidying odd things around the room like the J-cups, putting the benches back, tidying change plates away and picking up thumb tape win extra points too 😉

  8. sign into open gym. It’s super simple via the kiosk. Here’s a step by step if you’re not sure: https://youtu.be/fCa92LVyXjs you can use any computer/TV set up in the gym.

  9. have fun and play. We love it when everyone is learning, challenging themselves and having fun. Simple as that. The more smiles and laughs the better