So you may have seen some postings around the facility lately referring to: “The Nexus Culture.”
You may even say to yourself, “what is this? It looks like a list of rules!”
And no, it’s not just a list of rules. Let me explain.
Firstly, culture is important to any business, workplace, or team that truly wishes to be successful. It is, as defined by Merriam-Webster, the “sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group from another”.
You see, culture can make or break someone’s experience. Just imagine having dinner at a restaurant where the tables are always dirty, the food always arrives cold, and the person sitting at the next booth steals your fork midway through the meal. It would be terrible. It’s a very different experience when you have dinner at a place that is clean, organized, and respectful.
That first restaurant has a negative culture, and I’d take a stab in the dark to say you’d not want to go back to that place. Here at Nexus, we want to establish, and maintain an extremely positive and, dare I say it, a culture of awesomeness.
Why? Well, if you ask me, culture is what makes a place MORE than just a place.
And we want Nexus to be MORE than just a gym for you. We want it to be YOUR gym. We want you to feel a sense of pride being a member, and we want you to make the most out of your membership here.
But in order to do that, we need to establish the things that are important to us as Nexus Members. And we need to do those things unwaveringly. Culture is set by what you tolerate, so please subscribe to these items, and don’t tolerate any less. This is the Nexus Culture:
1. All outdoor footwear in the lobby and, 2. Indoor shoes only
This one has to do with facility cleanliness. All we ask is that the shoes that you wear outside, at work, at home, or wherever ARE NOT the same shoes that you work out in. Rubberized floor mats are hard to clean at the best of times, let alone when people are tracking in salt, gravel, and all sorts of other things. Please change your shoes in the lobby before entering the training areas.
3. Must sign in every visit
Seeing as you enter the gym through the front door anyway, please sign-in/swipe-in every time. It’s important for liability reasons, not to mention, we want to know you were here crushing it! So please sign in every time you enter the facility.
4. Re-Rack Weights Seriously. If you are strong enough to move all the weights around, and lift them repetitively for sets, I’d be willing to bet that you are strong enough to put them back when you are done. Imagine getting to a squat rack 30 seconds after Snatch World Record Holder Lasha Talakhaze. Would you want to put his 478 lbs of weights away before you do your set? I doubt it. Plus, people like Lasha ALWAYS put their weights away. Be like Lasha. Put your weights away.
5. Don’t Drop Weights This is a biggie. Equipment costs money, and as such, we want to maintain it in the best condition possible. If you want to throw weights around, or drop them at the end of the set – learn how to properly Olympic lift with bumper plates. Or use the medicine balls, sleds, tires, and ropes. Heck, we’ll even teach you how. These things are meant to be thrown around a bit. On the other hand, cable machines, steel dumbbells, and steel weight plates are not designed to be dropped at the end of the set. Remember, dropping weights doesn’t tell us how strong you are, it tells us that you are projecting a bigger ego that you are able to lift. Don’t be that person. Take care of the equipment.
6. Sanitize Equipment After Use This should go without saying. Nexus provides towels and spray throughout the facility. Please use them. There is nothing worse than sitting down on a bench to start a set . . . and feeling someone else’s sweat on your back. Yuck. Please be courteous and wipe things down.
7. Put Away Equipment After Use This is similar to re-racking weights. If you use a piece of equipment, that is awesome. We are happy to see people making use of what is provided. But don’t leave it out when you are done. As a general rule, you should leave the gym in BETTER condition than you found it. If everyone does this, think of how clean our gym will be. Amazing.
8. Proper Gym Attire Wearing proper gym attire is important. Having clothes you can move in, and sweat in can make a difference in your training. Please don’t wear work clothes, or other clothing while using the facility.
9. Fragrance-Free When you go to the gym, don’t over use the body spray, strong scented deodourant, and other scented products. Some people have allergies and sensitivities to these things, so we just ask that you be courteous and don’t smell like a Giorgio Armani sample booth while you work out.
10. Be Respectful This is the big one. All of these rules can be summarized by this. If you are being respectful towards other members, you should be doing all of these things. And if you are being respectful to the other members, they will surely in turn be respectful back.
11. Don’t Bring Non-Members In If you have a friend who wants to try to place out, that is awesome. But don’t sneak them into the facility. Please respect your fellow paying members, and use proper guest passes, or have your friends join and become members too.
Remember, as I said earlier, the culture you see is a byproduct of what you tolerate. If all Members buy into these simple rules, that becomes the culture.
Let’s do things the right way, get your Grit Grind on and make Nexus YOUR gym.
Be an active member in the Nexus Culture.
Blaine Cressman, B.Sc, R. Kin
Personal Trainer, Nexus Health and Training