By Maximus Lewin, L2, Founder, CrossFit East Bay


Caveat to all of the below: if your safety and well-being is predicated on dropping and object, drop it.

In this episode of CF 101 we talk about barbell etiquette. There is one thing and one thing only that we drop in the gym, and that is a loaded barbell with colored bumper plates and collars on it. To reiterate: here is the list of things to drop in the gym:


  1. A loaded barbell with colored bumper plates and collars on it
  2. No other things


Here is the list of things NEVER to drop in the gym:

  1. Unloaded barbells
  2. Empty barbells
  3. Barbells with 2.5 or 5 pound plates on them
  4. Dumbbells (yes really)
  5. Kettlebells (yes really really)
  6. Plates that are not on a barbell
  7. Cats
  8. Dogs
  9. Babies
  10. Fruit
  11. Hamburgers
  12. Anvils

Part 3: AKA I lied a little bit

Things you might sometimes be able to drop:

  1. Wall-Balls
  2. Sandbags
  3. Barbells with 10 or 15-pound plates on them
  4. Anything at all if it’s for your safety and well-being (hopefully not anvils)

Final word on Barbell Etiquette. We drop, we do not throw. The barbell ends up EXACTLY where it started, every time. Period. To do otherwise is unsafe, bad for the equipment and makes you look like you don’t know what you are doing.

True Ultimate Final Word: Number of times barbell should drop on a bounce:


  1. One