Just like that, 2021 is over. The year flew by, but we are excited to welcome another year of strength and endurance. While we are excited for the future, we want to take a look back at everything we accomplished as a community over the past 12 months.
In January, we launched our longest challenge ever. The enduraYOU Challenge was a three month challenge that transformed 20 of our members' health. We also had 18 athletes run the muddiest, coldest 25k/50k trail run ever! Here’s to better weather in 2022!
In February, we continued the enduraYOU Challenge, started Buns n Guns, and continued improving the back squat, deadlift, and bench press. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with our favorite fitness valentines- YOU!
We wrapped up our Buns ‘n Guns program right before Spring Break in March! Our small groups help you hone in on specific muscle groups and goals. Everyone crushed it! Be on the lookout for more specialty programs coming in 2022.
In April, our athletes completed one of the toughest physical and mental challenges: 4x4x48. Our runners ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. We camped out at the gym, made some memories, and ran 50+ miles in 48 hours. Not to mention, we raised over $2,300 for the Presbyterian Night Shelter.
Every year, enduraLAB throws the annual Murph event. We had 62 athletes rise to the occasion and crush one of the toughest workouts. We celebrated Memorial Day with the best gym community, some beer from our friends at Martin House, and honored those who protect our country.
In June we launched enduraVENTURES: adventures around the country with the best gym family around. This year, we spent a week in Colorado; spending time in Buena Vista, Salida, Leadville, and other surrounding mountain towns. We hiked a 14er, white water rafted, had the most amazing food, spent some time relaxing, and finished the week with the Leadville Marathon and Leadville Heavy Half Marathon. This year, we are heading to Missoula, Montana, so keep your eyes open for a few announcements coming soon.
Summertime means kids are home and sometimes they claim to get a little bored… Lucky for them, we hosted our first Youth Summer Strength Program. We taught the young athletes the basics of strength training and loved watching them grow as athletes.
In mid-August, we had three athletes conquer Mount Everest, in Utah. Coach Lee, Matt Hiley, and Elizabeth Anderson flew to Utah to climb the same mountain 13 times until they reached 29,029 feet, which is the height of Mount Everest.
With the Olympics being delayed due to the pandemic, we had to delay the enduraLYMPICS as well. But it was well worth the wait! Four teams made up of enduraLAB athletes competed in 5 different events and a few bonus events over two weeks. We finished the week having made lots of memories, making new friends, and having a BLAST!! We can’t wait for the next installment of the games!
October holds one of our favorite events… Night of the Living Deadlift!!! We broke a lot of enduraLAB records with 50 athletes participating. We also introduced the Rainbow Bar! We had quite a few athletes join the club: Carlo Capua, Jay Bjorklund, Nathan Randel, Josh O’Neal, Blake Atwood, and Claire Hill. We also had 16 athletes travel to Comfort, Texas for the Ragnar Trail Race. We had a blast!
We were busy in November! We had our first annual CHAD event, ran the Turkey Trot, celebrated Thanksgiving, and visited our new neighbors, Fort Brewery, for a Happy Hour. CHAD raised funds for the CHAD Foundation, which is fighting to change the number of veterans affected by PTSD. We are proud to have helped the fight against Veteran suicide.
In December, we had our annual Run to the Tree event. It was a chilly morning, but it was well worth it when we got back to the LAB for some Funkytown Donuts! We also celebrated 10 Years of Strength and Endurance with our gym family. We ate, drank, and had the best time at the Hiley’s house.
2021 went by crazy fast, but we had the best time celebrating 10 years of the LAB all year long. Bigger and better things to come in 2022!