It seems like every day we find another amazing kid who has a level of drive, motivation, or dedication that continues to inspire us. To show case what they do, we have created the Featured Sled Pup program, started #ProvingGrounds, and a few months ago we did an article on, “The Coolest Fit Kids You’ve Never Heard of”. This summer we wanted to expand on the last idea, and so we decided to create a list of Summer Sled Pups.
These kids are a group of Sled Pups that we put together, and will be following all summer. We found each of these kids on either IG or from an email recommendation, and we chose them because they inspire us by what they do. We hope they also inspire you.
#1 Cynthia (aka @cythina.gnz)
Our first Summer Sled Pup is Cynthia Gonzalez. Cynthia is 13 years old. She lives in Laredo, Texas and trains at Leones CrossFit. Her goal this summer is to be the best she can be. She really wants to set her standards high and achieve what she works for, which right now is a 105lb snatch, a 140lb clean, and 125lb clean and jerk! You can follow Cynthia on IG at @cythina.gnz
#2 Abby (aka @abbastein)
Abby is 8 years old and has been doing crossfit since she was 5. She trains 2-4 times a week, and has also recently been Olympic weightlifting. Abby has had two Olympic meets since she began, and now she is training for her 3rd meet on August 6th. Abby’s summer goals are to swim more and keep lifting. Follow Abby on IG at @abbastein and keep up with her as she trains for the meet in August.
#3&4 Landon and Braxton
(sons of @asturgell)
Landon and Braxton are brothers from Ashville, OH. Landon is 8 years old, and Braxton is 5 years old. They both play baseball and their team whent 12-0 this season. That means they are undefeated! When they aren’t at the fields, they are busy doing wrestling camps and private lessons to help prepare Landon for summer Nationals in Atlantic City at the end of July. Both boys also love to work out with mom and dad, and there summer goal is to get ready for sports this fall. Landon is already signed up and ready to go for his 3rd season playing football and wrestling season is right behind that. You can follow Landon and Braxton on their Mom’s IG account at @asturgell55, and keep on the lookout for Landon’s own account, his Mom says he may be getting very soon.
#5 Jackson (aka @Riffejax)
Jackson Riffe is 9 years old, and entering 4th grade this fall. His primary sports are football and baseball, but he also does track and uses CrossFit to help him improve his endurance and recovery. Jackson’s football team is the East Manatee Bulldogs, located in Lakewood Ranch, FL and his baseball team is part of the Lakewood Ranch Little League. In football Jackson plays running back and safety and shortstop, pitcher and catcher in baseball. He trains at Rackstar CrossFit in Bradenton and also trains at AFX Sports Training. Currently, Jackson is training for three things: A CrossFIt Competition, football season, and baseball tryouts. His CrossFit competition is this weekend, on June 23rd, in Daytona Beach, FL. He will be competing in the 8-10 year old division (which he won last year). After that, on August 1st, Football season starts, and this fall he is trying out for the 5 Star National travel baseball team, which will start in the fall. Join us on following Jackson on IG all summer at @riffejax.
#6 Katie Bond (aka @prestigue_lou)
Katie was born in York, PA and started gymnastics at 15 months. Now she is 8 years old, and hoping to compete as a level 8 gymnast for the 2017/2018 season. Currently she trains at Prestige gymnastics in Lancaster, Pa. In addition to gymnastics Katie also enjoys swimming, and playing with her dogs. Katie’s goals this summer are to perfect her back handspring layout stepout series on the beam, and maybe add a front aerial; acquire a yurchenko on vault; learn a double back dismount on bars; and learn her front layout front tuck pass for floor. Katie is also working hard towards 2017 TOPs national A team, with hopes of a developmental invite camp. She has already proven her self, by being one of only 50 7 years olds in the entire country to qualify. the Follow Katie on IG this summer as she works on mastering all her skills, at @prestige_lou.