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22
Jun

How Can We Make a Difference? Crossfit and Inclusion Locally


Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the recent events surrounding CrossFit Inc, and what this means for us as a community. I want to reiterate Boulder Crossfit’s core value of bringing people together through fitness and celebrating differences. 

As a Crossfitter for almost a decade, and someone who dreamed of one day owning a gym of my own, Crossfit is a huge part of who I am. Boulder CrossFit is where I’ve made most of my friends, when I moved to Boulder knowing almost no one, and a community that I’m proud to be a part of. I also love dropping by CrossFit gyms when I travel, and being part of a larger global community, no matter where in the world I am. While the community, the members and coaches of Boulder Crossfit have built is a source of pride, I’m deeply troubled not just by the recent events surrounding Crossfit Inc, but by a long-standing track record of CrossFit HQ acting in ways that do not align with our own BCF values. 

Trust me when I say I have not taken these issues lightly. One of the biggest nonnegotiables for me was to have the CEO Greg Glassman not only step down but sell the company outright, which he has since done. I am extremely happy about this decision but I also expect CrossFit HQ to commit and action the following: 

  • Establish a more diverse board of directors that includes diverse staff from all walks of life. Having one person with no oversight is unacceptable.
  • Put words into action. Donate money to organizations that support racial injustice. Do Philanthropy! 
  • Support local affiliates like Boulder Crossfit.

I’ve also been doing reflection on what we (as Boulder CrossFit) can do to be more inclusive moving forward. I honestly believe that real change happens within your own community. Here are the steps we’ll be taking over the coming months: 

1: Run in house competitions that bring us together to raise funds for social justice organizations. Be on the lookout for our first one this year! 

2: Reach out to local nonprofits and collaborate. Our goal is to create a free program for underserved youth, or at a minimum, we’d like to get more programmatic about giving back time as volunteers in Boulder and surrounding counties. 

3: Establish a sliding scale to make CrossFit more accessible and affordable. We haven’t figured out the details here yet, but we recognize that the cost to membership can be prohibitive and would like to offer sliding scales or membership opportunities in exchange for volunteering. 

4. Free (yes really free) Saturday Community workouts. We’ve been offering free Saturday class for a long time now! But we realize that we haven’t necessarily widened the net beyond close family and friends. We want to be more thoughtful about inviting the community to join us. While we do have class size considerations to think about (especially during COVID-19), we’re committed to keeping this going. 

I will be working to turn these ideas into concrete priorities and an action plan in the coming months, but I did want to keep you involved about where we are going with this. Short-term, we plan to focus on what we can impact on a local scale, as we are watching CrossFit HQ’s next steps. BCF will stay committed to making all feel welcome and building inclusion in our own community through fitness.

-Zach

7
Jun

Boulder Crossfit is NOT Crossfit HQ!

In the past, when it came to race or politics, I thought the safest route was to stay silent. After all, we are a gym and we specialize in fitness, With everything going on in the world though, I realize that as an affiliate owner, I must speak out against racism, especially as it’s so deeply intertwined with health and community, core tenants of our business. Over the last few days, Crossfit HQ has shown a lack of empathy for its global affiliate community. Their initial silence, followed by the CEO’s recent remarks, making a joke of racial injustice, made me ashamed to be connected to this organization. But now is the time for me as an affiliate owner to speak up.

I want everyone to know this…Boulder Crossfit has and always will be about bringing people together through fitness and celebrating differences. What makes our community special is not the “Crossfit” we do, but how we cheer each other on and show up for one another, no matter one’s race, religion, ability, orientation, political stance. We stand behind the Black Lives Matter movement and our community must be one where everyone feels welcome, included, and heard.

We as a gym are looking into ways we as a local business can make an actual impact. To start, I’ve made a $200 donation to the Center for Policing Equity, as well as additional support for the Support Black Owned fund as a small step. The other actions won’t be as easy, but I’m committed to laying out a gameplan so that we ourselves also continue to grow — that could be doing more in our local communities, to doing more to diversify our own gym membership. While this will take some more reflection, it’s important to speak up now, even as we process and decide next steps.

Our gym wholeheartedly condemns Crossfit HQ and Greg Glassman’s comments, and the lack of empathy for George Floyd. Next Saturday, June 13th we will be doing a WOD in honor of not only Geroge Floyd’s life but all the black lives that have been taken in the hands of police brutality. Please join us either at the 9am or 10:15am WOD.

19
May

In This Together; Thank You BCF Members

Our very first of many Blog Posts! Here we go…

Well, we made it. Boulder Crossfit is back open for (limited) business after a 2-month hiatus due to COVID-19. While our small class size of 4 people isn’t ideal, it’s better than being closed! As most of you know, I recently bought the gym about a year ago and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. As a relatively new local business owner, I’ve absolutely loved running this gym. However, when Colorado mandated a closure for us, it was hard not to worry about the future of the business. To be honest, I was scared, worried, confused, and anxious. Would we be able to survive this? How can I provide value to you all when we are closed? After countless sleepless nights, I realized that Boulder Crossfit is more than just a gym. I consider each of you more than just members. Of course, I care about your progress in the gym and you hitting your fitness goals. But I care more about you all as humans. I knew deep down that Boulder Crossfit would not only survive this but THRIVE after the closure. And that is because of each and every one of you.

I want to sincerely thank you all for sticking with us during this closure. Thank you for reaching out to me via email, social media, and phone to check-in. Thank you for all the generous donations. Thank you for having trust in us that we will come back stronger than ever. Thank you for supporting your local business.

Please know that my door is and always will be OPEN to each of you. Whether you want to talk about fitness goals, grab a margarita, or just have someone to talk about life to, I am here. I can’t wait to see how our gym will THRIVE in Boulder for years to come!

Boulder Crossfit Blender Bottle- Thank You Gift!

PS: These blender bottles just arrived! If you kept your membership active throughout the closure, please ask one of the coaches or come grab one in the office at the gym FREE of charge, as a token for your support!