Atlanta gym bans police officers, military from joining; Manchester gym offering month free training

ATLANTA  — An Atlanta gym owner has banned police officers and military members from working out at his facility.

Jim Chambers put up a sign on the door of EAV Barbell Club that used an expletive to announce that police aren’t welcome there. Chambers tells WXIA-TV that his gym has “had an explicitly stated ‘No Cop’ policy” since it opened. He says active members of the military also aren’t eligible for membership.

The Atlanta Police Department tells the station that the policy wouldn’t prevent them from responding to an emergency at the gym.

Chambers says he’s taken the sign down due to its vulgarity, but plans to replace it with a clean version. He told the station that people who work out there are generally minorities who are uncomfortable with law enforcement.

This story is generating a lot of reaction even here in  Connecticut where a Manchester gym has responded with a deal. The deal is welcoming officers and veterans 30 days of free training at CrossFit Thin Blue Line to law enforcement and service members.