“They’re young and they’re starting now, and it’s really cool to see and imagine where they’re going to be when they’re 18,” says Heather Bergeron. Her gym, CrossFit New England, recently hosted its first CrossFit Kids throwdown, with around 75 kids involved. The event was a huge win for the parents, kids and CrossFit Kids programs at participating boxes.
Bergeron explains that different age groups of kids are able to find camaraderie and competition with those from other gyms. Throwdowns also give great exposure to these different age groups, getting more kids involved in the programs and building up child and teen populations at the participating gyms.
For the kids, it’s a lot of fun. CrossFit Kids brings together the community and makes CrossFit a family activity. According to one of the young athletes, “It makes me feel really strong, and I enjoy that.”
Says one parent: “I like that it teaches her exercise and healthy habits at a younger age and that she gets to do it just like I get to do it.”
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: CrossFit Kids Community by Jeff and Mikki Martin, published March 8, 2011.