TAMPA (FOX 13) - The Athletic Studio in Tampa is place of transformation; where the fit become the fittest, and the fittest become a team.
In a warehouse off of Kennedy Boulevard, transformed into a state-of-the art Crossfit studio, the six-person, TAS/Crossfit team representing the Athletic Studio is diverse.
Three men, three women -- with backgrounds ranging from former college football players and cheerleaders to a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant -- are unified by the love of the challenge and testing the limits of physical and mental toughness.
The team was in Atlanta competing in the 2016 Atlantic Regionals. The competition is sponsored by Reebok, and only the winners from earlier competitions were invited. Team TAS (The Athletic Studio) gained entry by virtue of finishing highly in the Open, a competition of 48,000 athletes.
So how does a sport of lifting, running, swinging and jumping translate into a team activity? Brittany Mack summed it up for FOX 13 News.
"Everyone comes together in this mutual understanding of the sport and cheers for each other. The energy given off is just amazing."
The team aspect of rigorous individual efforts also puts additional pressure on the athletes. There is a sense of responsibility when a team score is compiled by each athlete's times and repetitions. From military press weight-lifting, to jumping over the bar after the lift, to working out on the gymnastic rings -- every muscle of every athlete will be tested and fatigued.
The Atlanta event will send the best to California in July for the world championships. Stay tuned for team TSA results.