Westridge Ends CrossFit Affiliation

Westridge performance training

The YMCA of Western North Carolina affiliated with CrossFit in 2017 when we opened Westridge CrossFit inside the Ferguson Family YMCA. Our intention was to meet a need for inclusive functional fitness programming, and we have succeeded in building a diverse and welcoming community. Our box has operated in alignment with the YMCA’s mission and core values, and that has not changed.

However, we remain deeply disturbed by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman’s reprehensible remarks about the killing of George Floyd, despite his subsequent retirement from the company. Black lives matter to us, and we refuse to be associated with any organization that does not share our commitment to equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all. After careful consideration and community conversations, we are terminating our affiliation with CrossFit, effective immediately.

We may be leaving CrossFit, but we’ll continue to champion empowerment through high-quality athletic performance programming based in functional fitness. Our box still has experienced and certified coaching and a varied class schedule. We’ll keep using the SugarWOD app and online training platforms, and we’ll still host and attend events and competitions. The Westridge community will continue to benefit from motivational training in an environment that welcomes, strengthens, and serves all. 

We welcome input from our staff and members as we relaunch our Westridge performance training program and continue to build community for all. Please email LoriKay Paden or call 828-575-2959 to share your thoughts.