Photos: Local Teens Conquer CrossFit Games

Local teens from CrossFit Monrovia competed in the Inaugural Teen Challenge at the Cross Fit Games this weekend.

Who: Gavin Hunt (16), Hunter Thrane (16), Lauren Teague (17), Kai Higashiyama (14), Katelyn Breitschwerdt (14), Lara Leduc (17).

Accomplishment: Gavin, Hunter, Lauren, Kai, Katelyn, and Lara competed in the Inaugural Teen Challenge at the CrossFit Games at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on July 29-31.

Key To Awesomeness:  The teens from completed rigorous workouts over the course of three days at the CrossFit Games on July 29-31. Their workouts began on Friday. In a session of 12 minutes, each team member completed as many reps as possible of 50 power cleans (Olympic lifting), with the weight at 135 pounds for the boys and 95 pounds for the girls; 50 box jumps (30"/24"); 150 double unders (jump roping where rope passes under 2x each jump); and a front squat. Katelyn squatted 100 pounds and attained a personal best, and Kai also achieved a personal best and squatted 125 pounds.

For the Saturday event, the team members completed as many reps as possible of squat thrusters (95/65 lbs), alternating with pull-ups. The count started at 3 for each skill, then continued in increments of 3 (6, 9, 12, 15…) until the 14 minute session ran out. On Sunday, each team member completed a 200 meter shuttle run and 10 power snatches (95/65 lbs). Then as a team, they completed 20 reps of muscle ups (Lauren and Gavin got their first muscle ups in competition); 30 reps of ring hanging (knees to elbows); 40 sandbag tosses (20 lbs over a 7 foot bar); 150 hurdle burpees; and a 200 meter shuttle run.  The teams worked with their coaches, Kate and Ryan Hunt, to put together the best combination of talents and made an awesome showing at the Inaugural Teen Challenge. Pictures and video of the event can also be found at the CrossFit Games website.

Dave-O August 03, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Congrats to the kids! And don't let the "kids" part fool you- these workouts would put most adults in the medical tent!
Holly Hale August 03, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Since we are living in an overweight, out-of-shape society, this event sets a wonderful example for us all. Accolades to the participants! We are proud of you!!!!! Getting to the gym is a struggle for all working folks, but there are a lot of ways you can burn more calories as well as cut them. Take the stairs, not the elevator. Park far away and walk. Don't use the food processor but cut and mix by hand. Eat only half of what you order at a restaurant or share with a friend. Drink only water. Use a half hour per day to walk, ride a bike or run while listening to you MP3 player or ruminating on positive issues only. Call it prayer if you like, communing with nature, or active meditation. All these things will make us all healthier and happier Monrovians.


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