Lauren Gustafson builds strength through Cross Fit in hopes of attending the Airforce Academy

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Collins Jones

Lifting weights is a part of Lauren Gustafson's rigorous training for increasing her fitness.

BSM is overflowing with dedicated and hardworking students, but what sets some apart from others is passion outside of the classroom. Senior Lauren Gustafson is an all around involved BSM student who has a passion for fitness training; using skills learned from CrossFit training, she hopes go to the Air Force Academy in the fall of 2016. “For a very long time I have wanted to attend the the Air Force Academy. I am very interested in doing pilot training in the future,” Gustafson said.

Gustafson’s fitness training is more intense than a typical day at the gym. Since the beginning of her sophomore year, she has trained at Fit Studios in St. Louis Park. This specific location offers CrossFit training in a vibrant gym community that evokes a progressive objective to push and inspire athletes of all fitness levels.

Depending on location, CrossFit workout sessions vary, but they all have one goal: strength development. “CrossFit training incorporates short bursts of cardio and strength training; a typical workout usually includes a warm up, a strength piece, then the actual crossfit training–cardio incorporated with a type of olympic weightlifting move,” Gustafson said.

CrossFit training demands hard work and dedication when it comes to building muscle and endurance. “Training at Fit Studios is fun, but it’s very difficult. I know people that have tried it and found it too hard to continue,” Gustafson said.

In the past few years, I have learned to push myself harder than I thought I could. Fitness breeds confidence, and that confidence has propelled me to constantly select new fitness goals for myself.”

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One of the reasons Gustafson was initially so dedicated to meeting her fitness goals was because she had to pass a fitness test in order to be a serious candidate for the Air Force Academy. The fitness test is an evaluation of one’s physical limits that the Air Force Academy requires for all recruits. It involves cardio and strength evaluation through various exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups and running for time. “CrossFit definitely helped me with my pull-ups and other requirements on the fitness test,” Gustafson said.  

Other than building up strength and endurance, Gustafson has gained various benefits through her fitness building. This sort of training teaches individuals to drive themselves to expand their physical limitations. “In the past few years, I have learned to push myself harder than I thought I could. Fitness breeds confidence, and that confidence has propelled me to constantly select new fitness goals for myself. Sometimes I can even beat up my brother,” Gustafson said.
It’s the hard work, dedication, perseverance and intensity that have made Gustafson the athlete she is today. With great enthusiasm when it comes to fitness, there are no restrictions when it comes to Gustafson’s road to success. “CrossFit not only guided me towards my goals, but changed the way I train and push myself today,” Gustafson said.