Area gyms renounce CrossFit affiliation following former CEOs tweets
ROANOKE, Va. At least three local gyms have announced they are pulling their affiliation to the CrossFit name after a series controversial tweets. Community Unify Roanoke (formerly CrossFit Unify Roanoke), CrossFit 460 and The Gymnastic Course (formerly CrossFit Preferred Course: The Gymnastic Course) have all announced the change on social media. In a Facebook post, Community Unify wrote in part, We will not be silent. Change is coming.Given the most recent media from Crossfit Inc., I feel it is time for our transition to Community Unify Roanoke instead... Posted by Community Unify Roanoke on Sunday, June 7, 2020CrossFit 460, located in Blacksburg, also posted its change on Facebook. Please know that these... Posted by CrossFit 460 on Monday, June 8, 2020Meanwhile, The Gymnastic Course wrote that it will not longer be part of the CrossFit name due to misaligned mindsets.
'My gym is clean. Its safer than Walmart: Roanoke gym owner urges Gov. Northam to ease reopening restrictions
ROANOKE, Va. As some Virginia businesses settle into phase one of reopening, others remain at a standstill. It's really disappointing, said Duane Ellis, who owns Elite Health & Fitness Center in Roanoke. Ralph Northam is now allowing gyms to hold outdoor classes only, but some say that's not enough. Another whole month going by, disappointing members, frustrating people, financially too it'd be really devastating, Ellis said. The community is also rallying around Ellis gym, starting a GoFundMe to help him get by during these trying times.