CrossFit Zionsville reopens, plans to rename


The owner of CrossFit Zionsville said the gym is determining what it will change its name to, following reports of CrossFit’s founder and CEO, Greg Glassman, making racially insensitive remarks in a tweet and leaked Zoom call that made national news.

Glassman has since announced he is selling the company.

“We don’t agree with what (Glassman) said,” Ali Ott, owner of CrossFit Zionsville, said.

Ott said the gym has ideas for what the name of the gym could be, but that a final name has yet to be decided upon. He cited the gym’s recent reopening and focus on ensuring the health and safety of clients as his immediate focus.

The gym was forced to close, as were other gyms, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyms in Indiana were allowed to reopen starting in Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

When the gym temporarily closed, it loaned some of its smaller gym equipment to members to bring home so that they would have something to work out with. The gym then offered classes online throughout the day, focusing on workouts members could do from home with limited fitness equipment. Ott said some used gallons of water, backpacks, homemade sandbags and other household items in place of fitness equipment.

During the time the gym was closed, Ott said some of the members hosted a happy hour on Zoom to stay in touch. Now they can see each other again in person, but with a few adjustments.

“It was a little awkward at first,” Ott said. “We are used to being social, being close to each other – shaking hands, hugs and high fives – and now we are kind of saying hi from a distance.”

Though he is happy to have everyone back in the gym, Ott said the state did not offer much guidance for gyms planning to reopen other than to keep members spaced apart, limit class sizes and to clean equipment.

“Once we opened up, there weren’t many guidelines for how many people were allowed to be in the gym,” Ott said.

To keep members at least 10 feet away, CrossFit Zionsville has since created marked-off stations for its members, each with their own 10-by-10 foot space indicated with blue tape. Members are instructed to wash their hands and wipe down their equipment at the end of their workouts.

After each class, the gym’s floors are cleaned with an industrial scrubber. The gym also keeps its garage doors open to let air circulate and keep particles and aerosols from lingering in the air, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns is one of the easiest ways for the new coronavirus to spread.

As of press time, the gym allowed only 14 people in the gym for a class, and the gym has decided to give perspective clients a one-week free trial and tours as requested to allow everyone, before starting a membership, to observe the safety precautions it is taking to reopen.

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