UPDATE – More Gay-Friendly CrossFit Boxes
You reached out to us with more gay-friendly CrossFit boxes that didn’t make our original list. Here they are.
Check out our original post here.
Stripped CrossFit (Las Vegas, NV)
Stripped CrossFit, offered at the newly opened Garage Kru Fitness & Health, is about more than the workout. The 100% LGBTQ-owned box was created to combat stereotypes associated with both CrossFIt and the gay community. “We’ve seen some of the lack of support in the [CrossFit] community, and we want to help change that,” says owner Jonathan Kruper. Stripped CrossFit hosted a booth at this year’s Las Vegas PRIDE, and Kruper plans to take the functional movement-based training to LGBTQ CrossFit events next year.
Fit Club (Columbus, OH)
Fit Club describes it workout programs as a “prescription for a great life”. Part of that great life involves an open and inclusive environment. The box hosted its annual Pride WOD this past June, which reflects its diverse client base and Fit Club’s commitment to that base. Additionally, this box is notable for its various training options and guidance on nutrition.
CrossFit Flagstaff (Flagstaff, AZ)
CrossFit Flagstaff offers a range of training programs including Olympic Weightlifting, Strength Focus, and Comp Squad. But, at the core of its business is heart and soul. “Our mission is to change the world one life at a time by elevating functional fitness, transforming self-perception, and building community,” reads the box’s website. The functional training space is dedicated to helping all people, and offers an inclusive environment.
CrossFit Full Strength (Phoenix, AZ)
CrossFit Full Strength has a bit of a national reputation. The popular box has been featured on the E! Network series Total Divas and in the Reebok CrossFit Games. Plus, Full Strength has gained lots of local publicity in publications like the Phoenix New Times and Phoenix Magazine. But despite its growing profile, this box has stayed committed to fostering a sense of community and welcoming all CrossFitters into its classes.
Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
Skyline CrossFit is dedicated to educating its member about the fundamentals of health. Its blog is a comprehensive resource about the benefits of CrossFit, proper nutrition, and wellness. But that education doesn’t stop with health. Skyline’s community of athletes is open to all who want to join. And the box plans to host OutWOD September 16.
Alamo City CrossFit (San Antonio, TX)
Safety, quality, honesty, and support are the core values of Alamo City CrossFit. While all are important, it’s the last one that has the greatest impact. “Our athletes are expected to show support and encouragement towards each other.” With this as a guiding principle, there’s no doubt that Alamo City offers a gay-friendly environment. Plus, this box’s group of coaches are a passionate bunch who eat, sleep, and breathe fitness and can help you reach your goals.
CrossFit Showdown Downtown (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the country’s bigger LGBTQ communities. And thus, it’s also home to some gay-friendly CrossFit boxes like CrossFit Showdown Downtown. This box is dedicated to providing a professional environment in which athletes can make lifelong gains in their overall fitness.
Jet City CrossFit (Seattle, WA)
“We are a fun community of hard-working humans, inspiring each other every day to be better and stronger versions of ourselves,” reads Jet City CrossFit’s homepage. Openness and inclusivity are on full display before you even get started with their workout philosophy and slate of programs. Jet City prides itself on building community and providing a friendlier and more functional alternative to the typical gym.
CrossFit St. Pete (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Everyone is welcome.” CrossFit St. Pete’s strength and conditioning programs are designed to improve an athlete’s quality of life—regardless of their fitness level. But this box has also gained a reputation for welcoming people from all walks of life. Sign up for a long-term program or drop in for a workout to see for yourself.
CrossFit Equality (Houston, TX)
It’s in the name. CrossFit Equality wears its equal opportunity on its sleeve. “EVERYONE is treated EQUALLY and EVERYONE is WELCOME…regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, waist size, sexual orientation, brand of workout clothing, elite athlete, or current coach potato.” This is literally a space for everyone who wants to get involved. You can schedule a free intro session or get signed up for one of several programs right away.
CrossFit TreeTown (Ann Arbor, MI)
If you’re on the north side of Ann Arbor, this is the only CrossFit affiliate in town. This box limits its classes to no more than 15 athletes so that everyone gets individualized attention. And trainers keep athletes engaged with varying workouts for each class. But most important, CrossFit Tree Town focuses on health, fitness, and happiness for everyone that steps into their box.
CrossFit Winter Park (Orlando, FL)
Like many CrossFit boxes, CrossFit Winter Park offers its space to veteran athletes and newbies alike. But this is where the similarities stop. The box really drives home peer accountability and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Additionally, members can book space in classes via Wodify, and they can gain access to Winter Park Cryosauna. CrossFit Winter Park has become a favorite of the local LGBTQ community.
CrossFit Chisel (Chicago, IL)
As its name indicates, CrossFit Chisel is about chiseling away the behaviors that are holding you back from becoming the best version of you. At the core of everything they do is a belief in self. This message of self-empowerment has resonated with Chicago’s gay CrossFitters in a big way.
Brodie Park CrossFit (Austin, TX)
Brodie Park CrossFit focuses on “building healthy people, healthy families, and healthy communities”. Though the box is focused on CrossFit, it also offers Yoga, Strength, and Grit classes so that athletes can take a more holistic approach toward achieving their goals. The environment is a welcoming one which scores high with Austin’s gay CrossFit fans.
Trojan CrossFit (Los Angeles, CA)
Located in L.A.’s arts district, Trojan CrossFit offers a fun and supportive environment that guarantees results. This box recognizes the diversity of the city surrounding it, and welcomes that diversity in its clientele.
The Rec Center CrossFit (Los Angeles, CA)
Recommended by Wellfellow’s BJ Kaspar: The Rec Center CrossFit in Los Angeles welcomes all athletes. The Rec Center, owned by spouses Charlie and Erika Curtis, has a diverse membership and has hosted several events for the LGBTQ CrossFit community including OutWOD and a fundraiser for Pulse Orlando. Come join our family!
Thank you to our readers for your suggestions. If you have additional box recommendations, comment below and we’ll keep adding them to this list.