Aspen Crossfit boosts young athletes |

Aspen Crossfit boosts young athletes

Dear Editor:

I want to take a moment to give some shout-outs to Aspen Crossfit and its amazing owner and lead instructor, Mr. Crossfit himself, Erik Larson. What Erik and Aspen Crossfit have done for our own Aspen High School’s boys basketball program and weight-training fitness students is, well, simply remarkable.

Erik, without hesitation, accepted an invitation to get involved with our Aspen High School weight-training program on a weekly and totally voluntary basis with no compensation whatsoever. He has been doing this all fall and all winter once a week for about 30 to 45 minutes in each of our boys’ 90-minute weight-training/fitness classes. The expert instruction, the incredible professionalism, the new training techniques he shares and the amazing results he has brought to all of our athletes in so many different sports are simply astounding.

Erik volunteers, as well, once every week on Wednesdays, for all of our Aspen High School boys basketball teams and players for a free 45-minute, intense Aspen Crossfit workout right here in our own gym. His love for kids, athletes and those who need to build their dreams, and their belief in themselves, is what drives him. He already has made a profound difference in our boys basketball program by helping all of our athletes attain a much higher level of fitness, endurance and belief in themselves.

I am confident – with Aspen Crossfit and its disciplined principles of innovative training techniques, great nutrition and belief in yourself and others – that a state championship is on the horizon for our basketball program and for anyone who dreams of being the best they can be.

The difference you’ve made in the life of one aspiring Aspen High School team captain, Trent Lichtenwalter, is phenomenal. You’ve taken a young, aspiring, skinny, weaker kid and turned him into a tough, strong, confident terminator on the hardwood courts in just a few short months. He’s already become one of the top scorers and rebounders on the Western Slope and is an obvious candidate for player of the year, thanks in part to Aspen Crossfit. His mother has seem amazing results, as well.

Thank you, Erik, for your dedication to young athletes and us old folk, as well. You have made a difference in my life and in many of our players’ and athletes’ lives in a wide variety of sports here at Aspen High School. Your friendship, inspiration and example continue to make a huge difference for all of us in this community.

Thank you for everything you do. Aspen Crossfit rocks!

Steve Ketchum

Head boys basketball coach, Aspen High School

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