In an email blast sent out on Friday with the subject line, “Why I’m not doing the Open,” Margaux Alvarez said, “the owner of CF doesn’t really care about us competing in CF, so [instead] I will continue to spread the word of CF Methodology through seminars.”
The email got the six-time CrossFit Games athlete fired today, the Morning Chalk Up has learned. Alvarez, a CFL3 instructor, has been a Seminar staffer for five-and-a-half years.
Alvarez was unable to comment due to restrictions under a nondisclosure agreement signed by the former CrossFit employee. However, we were able to get ahold of Alex Cardenas, Alvarez’s fiance and coach, who was willing to speak on the record.
“It is an unfortunate decision, one that probably could have been discussed for clarity as I have read Coach [Glassman] publicly state his concerns about the Games while laying off a lot of his staff,” Cardenas said. “Margaux in no way was trying to dissuade anyone from participating in the Open, and has always been a supporter of people’s goals but she should also have a right to communicate in her own personal email thread the reasons she was not competing in the Open this year.”
CrossFit, Inc. declined to comment for this story.
Alvarez, who finished 137th worldwide in the Open and won the South Regional last year, finished 22nd at the 2018 CrossFit Games in her sixth appearance. After the Rogue Invitational, Alvarez will be stepping away from competitive CrossFit to focus on her wine business and compete in American Ninja Warrior.
Alvarez also used her notoriety as an early supporter of Glassman’s refocus towards health.
In a blog post published September 13, 2017, she wrote: “The Vine Yard CrossFit will take a step in October to help create change…We will be offering a daily video on our youtube channel that will guide you through a workout that is intended to help spark a desire for more…I believe Coach Glassman is our modern day Dr. Marshall so we will do what we can to help his message spread.”
Alvarez created a special Facebook group called “Get Your Health Back” with the purpose of helping those too intimidated to walk into a gym find ways of working out in their living rooms.
“While she is devastated she won’t be part of helping to broaden the scope and understanding of what CrossFit’s methodology is, she is also looking forward to her success as her wine company continues to grow,” Cardenas continued.