“Just like adults, children love to be challenged every day physically and mentally. In my opinion, our program before CrossFit was not doing that,” says Jon Wilson, a PE teacher. Wilson founded Blue Flame CrossFit, a non-profit club affiliate at Pickens High School in South Carolina.
After Wilson discovered CrossFit, he was eager to bring it to his students.
“I saw the changes it made in myself and in my training, and I knew it would transfer over to high-school kids,” he says.
The success of CrossFit and enthusiasm of the students has won over the entire school.
“The kids just absolutely fell in love with it,” Wilson says.
Fellow PE teacher Brittany Kelley even used CrossFit as her research topic for her master’s degree. She compared two of her classes: one doing CrossFit and another following a more conventional PE program. The class following CrossFit made phenomenal progress.
“In a matter of six weeks, my class dropped a huge amount of time just on their mile run at the end of the PT test,” Kelley says.
“I’ve discovered that basically any kid that comes in and gives 100 percent is going to really reap the benefit of the program,” Wilson says.
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Additional reading: Facebook or Fitness by Peter Jordan, published July 11, 2010.