GA Gyms Reopening: Global Warnings of Resurgence

CrossFit affiliates reopening in Georgia is not a good idea, the Asbury Park Summer Games has been postponed until next year, and we follow an athlete’s journey to conquer Type 2 diabetes.

Good morning and welcome to the WODDITY podcast for news about CrossFit. We are a daily podcast, Monday through Friday, doing CrossFit news in five minutes or less.

My name is Ben Garves and today is Monday, the 27th of April, 2020. 

I’m sorry we missed a couple of podcast episodes and the Elite Sports Insider live show this weekend. I’m ramping up for a website launch at the day job this week, and they stole some of my precious, precious time with you. But no worries, I’m back! I rescheduled Elite Sports Insider for this coming Sunday, the 3rd of May. That’s our new live show. Consider it a DIY…or…poor man’s SportsCenter about CrossFit. Please don’t sue us. Link to the latest episode and next week’s live show are in the show notes.

Asbury Park Summer Games Cancelled

The final holdout of the 2020 CrossFit Sanctional season has announced they are cancelling or postponing their event. That’s the Asbury Park Summer Games, which took to Instagram to share the bad news. The main takeaway is that the event is not in a great financial position, but will make sure they return every dollar they still have to athletes, teams, vendors, and sponsors. They also noted that they used Stripe to accept payments and Stripe has proven inflexible in returning their percentage they take off the top of any transactions which is usually about 3%. The team seems positive about a strong return of the event in 2021.

And that takes us to our big story of the day:

Affiliates Reopening in Georgia

Friday was the official day the state of Georgia has degreed businesses like gyms, bowling alleys, spas, and salons can open back up. The reaction from many inside and outside the state is that this is too soon. The majority of scientific and medical consensus is that pandemics occur in waves and historically the second wave of a pandemic is vastly more deadly than the first. In pulling back restrictions, Georgia has opened itself up to be extra vulnerable to a coming second resurgence of COVID-19. 

The writing is on the wall. Gyms in Beijing have been ordered to close again because of fears that the virus is making a comeback. Morning Chalk Up quoted four gym owners talking about how they also feel this is too soon to reopen.

I personally can vouch from New York City that this isn’t a hoax. This isn’t a joke. This isn’t some political agenda. The fact that they have refrigeration trucks parked outside hospitals for body overflow isn’t a lie. People are dying. My friends that are doctors have been very clear with me. Kids are dying. Fit people are dying. So if you go back to your gym this week, take care of yourself and be smart. We care about you. That’s the only reason why we’re even talking about it.


Honorable Mentions

And a couple of quick honorable mentions for other cool things happening around the community this week.

  • Kari Pearce does the Cha Cha Slide via handstand walk.
  • Former Regionals athlete Mitchell Adams is trying to do 10,000 burpees in a day for pandemic healthcare workers. He’s trying to raise one euro per rep, which he’ll have to do every eight and a half seconds to meet his goal. 
  • Mark Agnew at South China Morning Post wrote a piece on Sara Sigmundsdottir shifting after the 2019 season to self-coaching.
  • CrossFit has launched an online version of their CrossFit Kids certification course. What a great way to get ready for your gym to launch a new program while you’re in COVID purgatory.

CrossFitter Beats Type 2 Diabetes

Let’s close it out with a huge piece of inspiration. I’ve put a link in the show notes of your friendly neighborhood podcasting app and at It’s a video CrossFit shared earlier this week, the story of a woman’s battle with Type 2 diabetes. She tells her experience, from being diagnosed, frustrations with medications, starting CrossFit and learning about nutrition, and eventually to an emotional and tear-filled victory as she’s told she has reversed the dangerous chronic disease. It’ll be the best eight minutes of your day.

And that’s it for news about CrossFit for Monday, April 27th. Thanks for listening. Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe, and share. For WODDITY, I’m Ben Garves. Behave yourselves out there.

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By Ben Garves

Ben Garves is a digital product expert, author, entertainer, and activist. His portfolio of thought leadership in digital marketing and web experiences has included major clients like Microsoft, Google, Twitter, eBay, and Facebook. He’s also a freelance health and fitness journalist with over 400 stories written since 2018, a podcaster with 200 episodes to his name, and runs a YouTube channel with over 100 fitness and activism-oriented videos and live streams. Ben has founded the Fitness is for Everyone™ initiative to raise awareness about social injustice in both racial inequality and socioeconomic disparity in access to quality fitness and nutrition options around the globe.