Meet our newest Featured Sled Pup, Crossfit athlete and Olympic Weight lifter, Brooklynn. Brooklynn is just 9 years old, but has been involved in crossfit since the age of 7 and has big dreams of one-day competing to the Olympics as a member of the USA Weightlifting team, and competing in the teenage division of the 2021 Crossfit Games. Brooklynn’s dad says, “Brooklynn lives and breathes her dreams every day. Her focus and dedication are unexplainable. I believe her belief is what will get her to where she wants to go.”
Name: Brooklynn Sittner
Age: 9 years old
Home Town: Billings, Montana
Sports: Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting
Crossfit Box: Yellowstone Crossfit
Interview with Brooklynn
Erin: At what age did you start doing crossfit, and what got you interested in it?
Brooklynn: About age 7 and I was always at the gym every day. From watching everyone, I just wanted to do it and be a part of it, and then I fell in love with it.
Erin: How long have you been competing in Olympic lifting?
Brooklynn: I have only done two Olympic weightlifting competitions so far. My first one was at a local meet in Montana, and at that one I qualified for youth nationals. Youth nationals was my second competition.
Erin: What was it like to compete at the USAW Nationals?
Brooklynn: Words can’t describe the feeling I had at that competition. It was the first step towards my goals and dreams. Being on that stage makes all the hard work and sacrifices every day all worth it.
Erin: Tell me what a normal week of training is like for you.
Brooklynn: I usually train 5-6 days a week, with one active rest day and one full rest day. Most days I do a couple workouts a day. Typically, I do a barbell segment, then a strength piece, then a conditioning piece or two. Some days I add in skill work and structural work. Always working to improve something. Active rest days usually are some light conditioning, technique work, or mobility and stretching. I use ROMWOD for mobility and recovery.
Erin: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
Brooklynn: Traveling and exploring and finding new eating places and foods. And of course shopping for new gym gear.
Erin: What is the most exciting thing you have done?
Brooklynn: I’ve done many things. It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say being on the national stage at USAW Youth Nationals.
Erin: Do you have any competitions coming up?
Brooklynn: As of right now, the major competition I’m training for is Wodapooloza in January 2017. That’s my main focus. I’m looking into the possibility of the youth division at the American Open, and any competitions that may come up until then. Always ready.
Erin: What do you think is the most important thing you have learned since you started crossfit and weightlifting?
Brooklynn: That you have to have a true belief in your heart that you can accomplish anything. Any dream you set to your heart, believe it and make it happen every day, and don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Always, always, believe in yourself.