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Glassman Fostered “Sexist” Culture at HQ

Morning Chalk Up

June 22

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story profiling the “sexist” culture fostered by Greg Glassman at CrossFit HQ, we have a recap below. And, David Marshall, owner of Royal Docks Fitness (formerly Royal Docks CrossFit) has created the Functional Fitness Union. Today:

  • Glassman fostered “sexist” company culture.
  • The Functional Fitness Union offers another alternative for affiliates.  
  • The DCC 2020 Online Challenge concluded over a week ago and got lost in the shuffle, Patrick Clark has the recap below.

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Breaking: Glassman Fostered “Sexist” Culture at HQ, New York Times Reports

  Breaking: Glassman Fostered “Sexist” Culture at HQ, New York Times Reports  

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for CrossFit Founder, former CEO, and current sole owner of CrossFit Inc. Greg Glassman. Today, the New York Times has broken a story alleging rampant sexual harassment, fostered by Glassman, among CrossFit Inc.’s top male management.

How we got here: In the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25, as protests and demonstrations erupted in cities around the United States, Glassman was captured on a Zoom call with affiliate owners stating “We’re not mourning for George Floyd, I don’t think me or any of my staff are.”

  • In a June 6 tweet responding to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation that stated “RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE,” Glassman replied, “It’s Floyd-19.”
  • The public outcry resulted in major sponsors, such as Reebok, as well as gym owners and elite athletes distancing or disaffiliating themselves from the brand.
  • On June 9, Glassman resigned as CEO and “retired,” but held on to 100% ownership of the company, while putting Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games and Co-Director of Training into the position of CEO.
  • Then, on June 12, former CrossFit HQ employee and Glassman’s former personal pilot, Andy Stumpf released a podcast episode outlining a troubling pattern of sexual harassment and sexual abuse surrounding Glassman and the upper echelon of CrossFit HQ staff.
  • Toward the end of the episode, Stumpf asserted: “Let people speak in their own voice…[I] recommend and implore the people that I know are out there right now who are digging to continue to do so.”

From the New York Times:

  • “[P]eople who have worked [with Glassman] were surprised that his downfall was tied to accusations of racism. They had assumed that the reason would be routine and rampant sexual harassment.”

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Another Alternative for Former Affiliates: The Functional Fitness Union

  Another Alternative for Former Affiliates: The Functional Fitness Union  

When the UK’s Royal Docks CrossFit disaffiliated in the wake of Greg Glassman’s comments, the one thing owner David Marshall feared most was losing the global network and community created through CrossFit.

  • “Instead of waiting to see what or who would come about as an alternative, I set out to do it myself. Since then the level of support I have received has been really humbling,” he said.

And so he created the Functional Fitness Union (FFU) and in less than a week, it’s already signed on 40 gyms globally. The list includes gyms as far-reaching as Barbados (Level Up) , Australia (1010 Athletics) and the USA (Frequency Fitness), even the House of Athletes gym in Nigeria.

  • In the founder’s own words: “We are a collective of like-minded gyms and brands who are built around our love of functional fitness and the betterment of our communities inside and outside the gym,” David Marshall said.

In essence, the FFU hopes to pick up where CrossFit left off offering an alternative to the 1400 gyms (and counting) that have denounced the brand name, including David’s own gym in London — which has hosted the likes of Fittest on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey and Rich Froning’s Team Mayhem Freedom. The former Royal Docks CrossFit is now called Royal Docks Fitness.

The FFU also joins the likes of Jason Khalipha’s NCFIT offering a partner program as a potential option moving forward for gym owners wanting to distance themselves from CrossFit.  

  • “We are also working closely with the team at the PFCA (Professional Fitness Coaches Association) in developing our coaching certifications,” David Marshall said.

Prevost, Ilin Announced as DCC2020 Online Challenge Champions

  Prevost, Ilin Announced as DCC2020 Online Challenge Champions  

The organizers of the Dubai CrossFit Championship announced the winners of their 2020 Online Challenge with over $50,000 in prize money handed out to the eight division winners. The DCC2020 Online Challenge saw little change in the overall leaderboard from event two to the third and final event.

Event 3: The final event was a triplet of 12 rounds for time of five handstand pushups (strict for men), ten single-arm hang dumbbell snatches (50 lbs for men/35 lbs for women) and 30 double-unders.

The final leaderboard: After final video confirmation, competition organizers released the official results; all eight division winners will recieve a handsome cash prize.

  • Women’s Division: Canadian Carolyn Prevost came away $10,000 richer after holding off Sara Sigmundsdottir for the DCC2020 title. Prevost, after back-to-back event wins, placed second in the final event behind Sigmundsdottir to secure a three point lead for the title. June proved to be a good month for Prevost who also received $10,000 for her sixth-place finish at the Rogue Invitational. Samantha Briggs finished third overall with 15 points. Brazilian Larissa Cunha (17 points) placed fourth followed by Emma McQuaid (20 points) for the top five.
  • Men’s Division: Alexander Ilin needed a tie-breaker to win his $10,000. Canadian national champion Jeffrey Adler, who was in fourth after event two, was able to make up a five-point deficit to tie the Russian thanks to his fourth-place finish in event three and Ilin’s ninth-place finish. However, Ilin’s event wins gave him the overall title. Adler was given $5,000 for his efforts. Adler’s countrymen Nick Anapolsky moved from fifth to third in the overall leaderboard after his second-place finish in event three. Stas Solodov (20 points) and American Josh Miller (31 points) rounded out the top-five on the leaderboard. Christian Lucero won event three with a time of 8:45, just ahead of Anapolsky.



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Marston Sawyers and Heber Cannon hit the third stop in their road trip: Cookeville, TN, to hang out with Rich Froning Jr. and the Mayhem Freedom team. Along the way they check in with Rich, Scott, Tasia, and Chyna on the state of CrossFit.

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Armen Hammer’s Thoughts on CrossFit Inc. and Greg Glassman

In this brief but thoughtful episode, Hammer lays out his thoughts on this weekend’s New York Times article and why it’s difficult to hold two disparate positions in one’s mind at the same time.

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Congratulations to Carolina T., who was the first to correctly answer which two athletes competed in the most CrossFit Invitationals? The correct answer was Rich Froning and Kara Saunders. They both competed in five of the six CrossFit Invitationals.

  • Today’s question: Which time cap has been used the most during the Open?

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