No self-respecting gym would allow an aerobics class that incorporates pigging out on Krispy Kreme between sets of push-ups, so it makes perfect sense that pride, another deadly sin, would also be banned from the hallowed halls of CrossFit.
That’s the thinly-veiled excuse of CrossFit Infiltrate in Indianapolis, Indiana, which recently canceled a “PRIDE workout” that was organized by one of its LGBTQ members.
A problem with gay people? No way — it’s the pride that’s at issue here.
Gym member Ryan Nix took to Facebook to share the incredible comments from general manager Brandon Lowe.
In a since-deleted post, Nix wrote:
“Last week we received an email from the gym canceling our PRIDE workout. We emailed the owner since it seemed that there was an issue with people who may be LGBT. You can see from his response that there is. Since this time the coaches and general manager have all quit. This is all from the owners of the gym. Many of us are leaving the gym due to the owners. Please tell your friends not to join this place.”
Here’s what Lowe sent to Nix:
“Our underlying goal for the staff and members at CrossFit Infiltrate and our other gyms CrossFit White river and University Ave CrossFit is total health and well-being for the individual and community. Total health involves the body, the emotions, relationships, and the spirit. At the foundational detractor from health, as we believe God sets the parameters for, is pride. We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs.
“Of course we will continue treat anyone and everyone with the same respect and provide the same service at CrossFit Infiltrate to anyone that wishes to take part.”
Here’s Lowe explaining what a “CrossFit White River member” is (spoiler: definitely no ‘proud’):
Below are the screenshots of the communication: