Congratulations to CrossFit placed 101st worldwide Girl age 14-15 and our May Athlete of the Month, Brayden Hansson! We are so proud of your hard work, dedication to training, and awesome accomplishments during the CF Open and Online Qualifier! You are such a positive and inspiring member of Kirkland CrossFit and we absolutely loved watching and cheering you on. Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions below! We cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for you!
- You have been coming to Kirkland CrossFit almost your entire life – what are some of your first memories of or at the gym? My favorite times and what I remember most is when my mom competed at Sectionals and Regionals with the KCF team. We would always go with her, and a ton of people from the gym would come to support. I think that’s where I get my drive to compete (even if it’s not at Regionals) – seeing those women who worked so hard and were so strong was really inspiring to me as a young girl.
- What attracts you most to Kirkland CrossFit? Being so young compared to almost every member of KCF, I would’ve never expected to have so many true friends who don’t treat me any less than people much older than me. Growing up in the gym has shaped me into the person I am today, and I can’t express how appreciative I am to everyone who has been apart of that.
- You had multiple amazing accomplishments during the 2019 CF Open and Online Qualifier, what are your biggest personal highlights? The amount of people who took time out of their day to come support and cheer us on in the Qualifiers made it an experience I will never forget. And getting my first bar muscle-up in the Open was pretty fun too! 🙂
- Have you changed your training regimen to get ready for the CF Open or Online Qualifier? If so, what did you change and what do you think made the biggest difference? Yes, after the Open I began following Invictus programming to train for the Qualifiers. What made a difference is the volume and variety of work in a day’s Invictus programming. An average day would usually consist of two separate lifts or one lift plus skill work on movements such as muscle-ups or handstand walks, followed by one long workout or a few short ones. This tested and improved my ability to push myself under fatigue which was needed in the Qualifiers.
- Do you have a favorite WOD or movement? Clean and Jerks have been my favorite movement since I was five years old and my mom taught me with a PVC pipe.
- Do you have a least favorite WOD or movement? Not really, when I tell myself I don’t like a movement I tend not to work on it, and that does not do me any good in competition.
- Outside the gym, what are some of your favorite hobbies? Playing volleyball for my school, going to football and basketball games with friends, wake-surfing, hiking, traveling, and adventures with my friends.
- Where’s your families favorite place to vacation? Anywhere warm and sunny! Hawaii and Arizona are two of our favorites. We also enjoy bringing lots of friends to our cabin in Eastern Washington on the Columbia River.
- Do you have any goals for the next year you want to share? My biggest goal is to make it to the CrossFit Games next season. Going along with that, I want to work as hard as I can to be the best athlete and person I can be!