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Exercise & Fitness


by JENNIFER NASTASI GUZELAK Why CrossFit Kids?


Summer has come to an end, and the month of September is upon us. This means only one thing. It’s time to get ready to go back to school. For many parents there is a guilty sigh of relief. For children, it means summer vacation is over. Shorter cooler day’s means less time for kids to get outdoors. Children sit around (on the computer, TV, tablet or smartphone) too much as it is! More time spent indoors is definitely not a good thing. Did you know that the average child consumes at least twenty ounces of soda a day?


Combine that with the rest of the junk they inhale on a daily basis and it should be no surprise that one out of every four children are overweight. According to the Center for Disease Control, children and adolescents should get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Now I think most of us would agree that most children aren’t accomplishing this. So the great mystery we are trying to solve here isn’t whether or not they need to be more active, it’s simply how to get them to be! As a parent, I know that it’s no easy task to choose which activities your child should


participate in. With sports, dance, martial arts, and school activities, kids have a lot going on. This means parents do too. In November of 2013 CrossFit Transformation (conveniently located next door to Champions Fitness Center) opened their doors and added CrossFit Kids and teen programs. Our CrossFit community has been growing ever since. What is CrossFit Kids’ main objective? To get kids moving! We want to build self- confidence, encourage teamwork, and most importantly make sure your kids are having


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fun! The skills addressed expand to include the majority of CrossFit’s foundational and auxiliary movements. The functional movements include exercises that are fundamental to all things kids need to do when they push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift and jump. We combine gymnastics, body weight calisthenics, and light weight training so all of the ten general physical skills are used by each child. These physical skills include: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. All of our CrossFit Kids classes are designed to be flexible so that any child at any fitness level can participate. What’s even better than that? The WOD (workout of the day) is constantly varied so that your children will be less susceptible to overuse injuries. I really love to see a whole family involved in an exercise program. It makes me feel


all warm and fuzzy inside. When a Champions Fitness Center member drops his/her children off at a CrossFit Kids class they are able to go do their own workout. It’s so much easier to focus on what they need to do when they know their child is being supervised


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