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Craig athletes going strong in CrossFit Games Open

One Craig fitness business has been feeling cross lately.

The Weelhouse, 583 Yampa Ave., has recently shaken up its offerings with an official affiliation with CrossFit, now under the moniker WHC CrossFit at The Weelhouse.

Headed by brothers Luke and Jason Weeldreyer, KC Hume and Heather Cannon, the gym has received its certification with the well-known fitness regimen and is in the midst of intense training as part of the CrossFit circuit.

Locals have enhanced their workout during the open round of the CrossFit Games, which sees members take on weekly challenges through the end of March.

The exercises feature a wide variety of physical pursuits as participants continually prove their dedication to better bodies.

They collect points with the goal of moving on to the regional round of the CrossFit Games in May.

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Among those running the gauntlet is 17-year-old Tyler Gonzales. The Moffat County High School junior has regularly been in the top 20 of the Southwest region rankings of higher, as well as one of the top participants in Colorado.

His work on the weights has included increasing his strength in the clean and jerk and deadlift to name a few.

Though much of the events are up to the individual, it's very much a team effort, he said.

"The community spirit is always here, and I think that's really cool," he said. "You're all suffering the same way, and once it's over, it's all about high fives."

Luke Weeldreyer, likewise, is diving headlong into the competition, lifting more than 300 pounds in the power clean earlier this month.

"What we're doing in the open here is really cool just because everyone is pushing themselves to the limit, way more than usual," he said.

Owners are also increasing their offerings later this year, Hume said, such as providing more summer sessions for youth.

"It's absolutely wonderful to be part of this fitness community, and we hope to bring that to more and more people," he said.

For more information on rates and hours of operation, visit Facebook.com/TheWeelhouse/ or call 970-629-8769.