CrossFit 7 Mile really pumped up

The CrossFit 7 Mile team is competing in the Latin American regionals in Ecuador this weekend and judging by their showing last time they will do well again – only standards have increased exponentially.  

CrossFit 7 Mile is sending two teams again. The first team comprise of Jenn Chailler, Chris Spigner, Trevor Amodeo, Wanda Brenton, Martin Van Zyl and Schmarrah McCarthy.  

The second team is made up of Meghan Prunty, Warren Weiss, Laura Watler, Angelo Guizo, Kelsey Bergana and Michael Tafoya. 

The Reebok CrossFit Games 2013 Latin American Regionals are in Guayaquil from Friday until Sunday. 

To get this far, the two CrossFit 7 Mile teams had to do well enough in the Open a couple of months ago. The top 48 men, women, and teams from 17 participating regions worldwide are in the regionals. Athletes will perform muscle-sapping combinations of workouts to push to the limits their physical and mental capabilities. 

So high are standards now that only one man, one woman, and one team from the Latin American region will go through to the Reebok CrossFit Games, from 22 to 28 July in Carson, California. 

With the tremendous growth of CrossFit globally, competition gets tougher every year. But CrossFit 7 Mile won the five-week Open, as they did last year, and the Latin America regionals, too.  

That means they can boast that they are the fittest gym in the Latin American region. 

CrossFit 7 Mile was started a couple of years ago by husband and wife duo Carl and Wanda Brenton. “This will be a big learning experience for the second team to compete at this level,” Carl said. 

He expects the already high standards to reach another level. “Every year gets exponentially harder as the reach of CrossFit expands.  

“Last year, 70,000 people competed in the five-week Open, this year it was 140,000 worldwide. The Latin America region tripled in numbers from last year.” 

The first team did well to get to the finals, but finished lower down the order. This time they hope to win the regionals again and have a stronger showing in the finals.  

Carl said: “Competing against the best in the world in California showed us how hard we need to work to compete.” 

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CrossFit 7 Mile team, from left, Jenn Chailler, Chris Spigner and Trevor Amodeo. Missing Wanda Brenton, Martin Van Zyl and Schmarrah McCarthy.

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CrossFit 7 Mile team 2, Meghan Prunty, Warren Weiss, Laura Watler, Angelo Guizo, Kelsey Bergana, Michael Tafoya. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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