OUTWOD Oakland - May 2017

We're going back to Cali, Cali, Cali!

Our next California OUTWOD will be hosted by CrossFit Power Grid in Oakland, California and will benefit GSA Network. More about GSA Network at the end of this post.

OUTWOD is inclusive and is open to all athletes from all backgrounds, ages, shapes, sizes and skill level. There is NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED at any of our events. Come to sweat with us and we'll welcome you with open arms.




WHERE: CrossFit Power Grid, 1333 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

DATE: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at 10:00am

WOD: Check back for WOD announcement.


To register for this OUTWOD - simply click on the item below:


In teams of 2, perform the following 3, 7, 11 and 15 min AMRAPs of the following:

10 Burpee Pulls Ups (RX+ Burpee Bar MU)

20 Thrusters (75/55) (RX+ 115/75)

30 Front Rack Lunges (75/55) (RX+ 115/75)

40 T2B (75/55) (RX+ 115/75)

50 S2OH

60 Hang Power Clean (75/55) (RX+ 115/75)

70 KB Swings (1/0.5) (RX+ 1.5/1)

80 Wall Balls (20/14) (RX+ 30/20)

Run 400m (RX+ with MB)

*2 minute rest in between each time cap.

Pick up at the START of the movement you finished on. If you don't finish a full rep count of a movement - you will start at 0 for that move on the next AMRAP.


GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. 

Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.

All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building. 

OUTWOD Nashville - May 2017

Our next OUTWOD in Nashville for 2017 will be hosted by CrossFit Melrose in Nashville, Tennessee! 

The beneficiary for our this event will be Nashville CARES. Nashville CARES offers services annually to over 55,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including HIV prevention education to more than 35,000 youth and adults. Nashville CARES provides almost 16,000 confidential HIV tests annually and provides essential support services to over 3,000 men, women and children living with the disease.



WHAT: OUTWOD Nashville

WHERE: CrossFit Melrose, 2022 Lindell Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

DATE: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at 10:00am

WOD: See below.


To register for this OUTWOD - simply click on the item below:


In teams of 2, complete the following for reps:

Station 1
5 minutes

15 KB SDLHP 53/70#
AMRAP – Double Unders

2:30 min to complete WB or rest 14/20#

Station 2
5 minutes:
10 Burpee over Box
AMRAP – Prisoner Lunges

2:30 min to complete WB or rest

Station 3
5 minutes:
285m Run
AMRAP – Wall Walks

2:30 min to complete WB or rest

* One partner will do required amount of reps of the first exercise while the other partner tries to complete as many reps as possible of the second exercise.
* When the first partner is finished, switch places. Continue to accumulate your reps for 5 minutes.
* During your rest you may choose to complete AMRAP of WB’s (only one partner may work at a time on WB’s)
* Your score is the total reps completed of calories on erg, prisoner lunges, wall walks + completed WB’s

Our Life of Bliss in a Gay CrossFit Family

In light of the recent article published in OUT Magazine - we felt compelled to release an official statement to shed some light on what it is that CrossFit and the larger fitness community has been able to foster within LGBTQ athletes, specifically thru our efforts here at OUTWOD.

Anyone who has gone into their first CrossFit class is pretty apprehensive about it. Most times, the people who are the most cynical about CrossFit are the ones who end up being the most hardcore members.

“Are we really being sucked into something that is put in the same column as cults?”

“Do we look at WODs as gospel?”

It's a strong possibility, but we definitely don't let a 20-minute AMRAP guide our principals and morals.

At the end of the day we do what we always do - try to get better.

While Greg Glassman can easily be compared to as a cult leader, the main focus of CrossFit is never “I” or “me”, it's always a resounding “us.” There is never a competition to beat each other during WODs and the sense of family is palpable. In fact, if you're the last one standing while doing "Fran," you'll be surrounded in a puddle of your own sweat with your fellow classmates cheering you on through the finish.

According this week’s OUT Magazine article – the catalyst for this post – as a cult we should be busy working on being superior to each other or any of our "non-believers." Greg Glassman runs a business of affiliates. I can't remember a time where people thought Ray Kroc was thought to be a cult leader by making us all Big-Mac loving Grimaces

OUTWOD welcomes everyone, and like most LGBTQ clusters, there is an abundance of gay men in the group. Aligning OUTWOD with those who have body dysmorphia is a huge reach and simply not fair. In fact, it wouldn’t be too far reaching to say that a majority of gay men living in NYC think about their bodies more than they think about sex.

But it's not just gay men who continuously think about how they look. We see it in almost every realty show we watch, or whenever someone reminds us Chris Pratt used to be a big boy (Pratt actually does CrossFit, and we should all thank Greg Glassman for that). Body image issues are not exclusive to CrossFitters and most definitely not specific to our "gay CrossFit cult".

To say this article disheartens us is an understatement. What the writer did was hurt the feelings of those who were tasked to "show him the ropes" so that he could write about our community – a community that gladly welcomed him.

Craig – the OUTWODer named in the article has been a pivotal part of OUTWOD’s success, and we would never put him in the same category as a Gretchen. In fact, he's more of a Cady. What Craig does and continues to do is bridge the gap between the straight and LGBT athletes at his gym, CrossFit NYC: The Black Box.

CrossFit only works if the people around you care as much about you as they do themselves.

While this OUT Magazine article may seem like it's simply self-deprecating, what it proves is that maybe this is a community that some people need more than anything. Whether you're straight, gay, bisexual, or transgender, you could join CrossFit and still receive the same unwavering support throughout your workout – this is definitely something you'll never get during a 2-hour staring contest at NYSC.  Your fellow athletes are not only supportive about you being able to perform the elusive double-under or the bend and snap snatch, but they are also supportive of your life outside the box.

And yes, we do have a life outside of CrossFit.

We just have a better one because of it.

Chadwick, while we stand disappointed – we do not hold grudges. When you're ready to come back to experience more of what we have to offer, our bloody hands will extend and welcome you back with open chalky arms.