Fit to Teach Episode 9: For the Kids

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

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January 04, 2015

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With the encouragement of co-worker and CrossFit coach Meredith Davis, 18 Cannon School educators in Concord, North Carolina, started training at CrossFit Vitality. In this nine-part series, these teachers and administrators go through CrossFit fundamentals and try to determine the cognitive impact of the program.

After four months, the Cannon School staff members who remain committed to health and fitness reflect on their experience with CrossFit. They have developed a community, met new people, gained new energy and become better educators of the students who look up to them.

“We get in it for the kids,” Davis says. “And they have to come first, so the fact that these teachers made the time for themselves through this whole process is huge, and it is a success that so many stuck with it.”

At the final gathering, the new CrossFit athletes express their gratitude to Davis and coach Steve Pinkerton for their patience, encouragement and hard work.

“Is their quality of life day in and day out better now than it was four months ago?” Pinkerton asks. “I think the answer to that question from all of these six or eight people is absolutely.”

To read more about the Cannon school staff members and their experiences at CrossFit Vitality, read the article “Fit to Teach” by Brittney Saline.

Video by Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub.

9min 34sec

Additional reading: “Will CrossFit Make American Kids Smarter?” by Lisa Bakshi, published Jan. 26, 2009.

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