We’ve taken a few days to listen, learn, and assess the current situation with CrossFit HQ. We are disappointed with CEO Greg Glassman’s insensitive words and strongly disagree with his casual dismissal of what are very real issues in the world right now. The CrossFit Bluegrass community firmly stands against racism, hate, and violence.
In our 8 years as an affiliate, Bluegrass has never been close with CrossFit HQ, as the business model of CrossFit allows affiliates to operate 100% how the affiliate owner sees fit. We believe we have built a strong community of athletes who support and respect each other inside and outside of the gym no matter their race, gender, age, religion, occupation, athletic ability, or anything else. We have and will continue to model this and fight for our community.
Especially during hard times like the Coronavirus pandemic that had the gym closed for over 2 months, the Bluegrass family persevered with athletes and coaches supporting each other, checking on each other, and even working out together outside of the gym. This is a family beyond fitness and a family that kept us in business and able to open our doors again. We have personally seen CrossFit Bluegrass change and even save lives and we know this will continue despite the words of one man.
We strive to lead the way in fitness, coaching, nutrition, and community and give our athletes the best experience possible but we always want to hear suggestions and ideas on how we can do better. We conduct regular anonymous member surveys to allow everyone to speak freely about what they think about various aspects of the gym and when a member leaves, we make a point to ask what we could do better. We want to do better.
We still believe in the CrossFit community and methodology. We will be taking time to monitor the direction of HQ’s leadership before coming to a decision about affiliation.
- Jo and Steve