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Minnesotans crowned Alpha Male, Alpha Female at national fitness contest

Some of the nation's fittest gym rats gathered in Colorado over the weekend for grueling tests of strength, power and endurance to crown an Alpha Male and Alpha Female – the fittest of the fit. Two Minnesota athletes walked away with the honors.
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Brandon Schwartz from Chanhassen and Jen Nordic from Excelsior, Minn., defeated more than 65 competitors in the finals of a national fitness challenge in Colorado sponsored by Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness.

The Alpha Showdown featured some of the nation's fittest gym enthusiasts competing in "gauntlets" – grueling contests that tested their power, strength, coordination, agility, endurance, balance and speed.

Athletes from around the country first competed in regional athletic contests to qualify for the national event held Saturday. Here's some photos from the event. Here are the winners, Schwartz and Nordic:

Brandon Schwartz

Jen Nordic

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