Hurlburt crowns the King and Queen of the Gym

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  • By Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
Sweaty, overworked competitors, crowds of cheering people, and chilly air were in attendance at the first King and Queen of the Gym competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 24.

"This competition is about testing yourself and achieving personal goals," said Staff Sgt. Summer Thorn, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution craftsman, and creator of the competition. "Some people perform better under a good amount of stress, or in a competition."

The competitors participated in multiple exercises in beginner and advanced categories.

Airman 1st Class Johnathon Broy, 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, has been participating in CrossFit for three years.

The hardest part of the competition was the third workout, said Broy. It consisted of a 500-meter row, 45 double under jump rope, 40 kettle bell swings , 35 butterfly sit-ups, 30 box jumps, 25 burpees, 20 toes to bar hangs, 15 thrusters , 10 over the box jumps , and five handstand pushups.

"There's harder stuff to do in life than work out," said Broy. "Just keep thinking, 'it'll be over soon.'"

There were a total of seven competitors and a crowd of supporters at Combat Fit East.

"I think the competition turned out pretty good considering the weather," said Thorn. "An array of dedicated competitors came out."

King and Queen of the gym were Broy and Thorn, and the Prince and Princess were
Senior Airman Braden Irby, 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron unit deployment manager, and his wife Randi.

The next competition is scheduled for Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Combat Fit East.

"The competition caters to all fitness levels," said Thorn. "Anyone looking for a personal challenge can come out and participate."