At the recent FilFest 2010, Jeff and Mikki Martin of CrossFit Kids explained how the program disrupts the supply chain of the traditional gym model.
By introducing children to the CrossFit program at an early age, they develop capacities they’d never reach through traditional training, and when they grow up they probably won’t be found doing 3 sets of 8 at the Globo Gym. The Martins believe they can have a tremendous effect on fitness by getting to kids while they’re young and teaching them functional fitness lessons that will stay with them long into adulthood.
The difficulty, though, comes in keeping the program fresh and exciting. Young minds need constant stimulation, and they need a program that is, first and foremost, a lot of fun. Mikki recommends observing children at play and then integrating their natural, functional, playful movements into the workouts. Engaged, happy kids will become fit and healthy kids—and eventually fit, healthy adults.
Additional Reading: CrossFit Algebra by Amie Taylor, published Dec. 24, 2008.