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You get the feeling that eventually this thing is going to sweep through middle schools and high schools across the country.

But for now, as the CrossFit Teen Gauntlet physical-fitness program is just getting started, only a handful of schools are actively engaged.

One of them is Waukegan High School, which had some gym students participate in the unique fitness program recently.

CrossFit is a high-intensity training program, which incorporates weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other disciplines. The unit at Waukegan High was taught by Greg Moisio, Laurie Stevens and Jack Troesch at the Brookside Campus; and Ross Badofsky, Tim Ewardson and Maggy Stojinic at Washington.

Waukegan was one of just four schools in the country and five schools worldwide selected to participate in the CrossFit Teen Gauntlet. During the five-week unit, students engaged in grueling weekly workouts that consisted of function movements, testing one's physical work capacity or fitness level.

"The students at both campuses really enjoy this competition, especially seeing how they compare to their peers from around the world," said Moisio.

The program culminated with students participating in fitness challenges against 850 students from other participating schools in the United States and Australia. Waukegan students did well in the competition, with 10 students placing in the top five of their respective age/gender division.

While Waukegan's program was being held, educators from several local high schools visited Waukegan, so it's very likely this program will be expanding through the area in coming years.


April 23, 2014


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