#9Nation Podcast Ep. 20 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion feat. Coach Byron

On this week’s episode of the #9Nation podcast, Coach Byron joins Coach Kyle to talk diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fitness space. This conversation details Byron’s own experience joining CrossFit9, the importance of impactful inclusion in the fitness industry, and what barriers remain in welcoming more LQBTQ+ athletes and BIPOC athletes to our community.


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Show Notes

0:00 - Introduction

2:00 - How Byron ended up at CF9

5:00 - Initial perceptions of CrossFit

8:30 - Trying the gym, meeting the coaches, and the members

10:00 - Racial tensions, and public health crisis

18:30 - Fitness, health, community in CrossFit

20:45 - Study about gym motivation

21:40 - Relationships and feeling comfortable

23:30 - Making change to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion  

29:00 - CrossFit Level 1 Course for underserved populations

33:00 - Intent vs Impact 

35:00 - Themed workouts (Hero/Benchmark WODs)

36:30 - CF9 Pride WOD

39:00 - Stereotypes based on where you are from and what you look like

43:00 - “Gendering” objects

45:30 - Conclusion