June 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
CrossFit location closes, official fired after Pride workout canceled
basics, gay news, Washington Blade

A top CrossFit official has been terminated from the company for supporting one location’s decision to cancel a Pride event. (Photo via Bigstock)

A CrossFit gym located in downtown Indianapolis has closed following the gym’s decision to cancel a planned Indy Pride workout.

Trainers had planned a Pride workout for this weekend but the event was canceled by the gym’s owners. Fox59 reports that the gym sent an email to its members explaining that the workout was canceled because “the owners of the gym value health and wellness, and they believe that this event does not.”

Dan Mendoza, a former member of the gym, inquired for a further explanation from the gym. He received the following email from management:

“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 the 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,” the email read.

Mendoza, his partner and numerous other members terminated their membership following the decision.

However, Russell Berger CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer praised management’s decision in a series of now-deleted tweets.

“I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by your convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing,” Berger tweeted. “The tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential threat to freedom of expression. The lack of tolerance for disagreement, which has been replaced with bullying Twitter mobs promising ‘consequences,’ should be a concern regardless of your political stance.”

CrossFit’s official Twitter announced that Berger has been terminated from the company and that his statements “do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc.”

On Wednesday, the downtown Indianapolis location announced it has shut down with a sign on its locked front door. The decision was due to gym goers terminating their membership and the resignation of staff and coaches.

“CrossFit Infiltrate has determined that it will no longer operate business at this location,” the sign says. “We thank you for your patronage and support.”

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