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Playing With Intervals

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

September 01, 2014

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Mikki Lee Martin explains how CrossFit Kids has made interval training both fun and effective for young athletes.

As a kid, I spent every afternoon playing with intervals—10 minutes of freeze tag, 10 minutes climbing a tree, five minutes of cartwheels—then maybe a game of kickball.

The activities, and the versions of activities I dabbled with, were endless and always fun. My fun.

The sad reality is that this type of… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 328

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Kids, Radio

May 03, 2014

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On Episode 328 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids. This episode was webcast on April 30, 2014.

3:42 Jeff Martin began by talking about the growth of CrossFit Kids since 2004 and gave advice to affiliate owners who currently work with kids or would like to do so in the future. While CrossFit Kids is a fitness program, Martin explained how it benefits children in their… Continue Reading

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My Sprinter

By Lisbeth Darsh

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Can movement serve as therapy for kids on the autism spectrum?

When you’re the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, you’re used to your child moving, but often in a manner that may not be in sync with the rest of society. In this special world, there are arm-flappers and toe-dancers and body-rockers, among others.

I have a sprinter.

My son, who is now 14 years old, technically hits some end of… Continue Reading

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Rewired by the WOD?

By Chris Cooper

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As researchers start to close in on the causes of autism, some CrossFit gyms are testing treatment theories that suggest exercise can help.

(Corrects to clarify that some children with Asperger’s, not all, are averse to touch.)

Living with autism is about making connections.

Since the earliest diagnosis of autism in 1911, parents have searched for ways to relate to children whose symptoms often make interaction challenging. With no cure for the developmental disorder… Continue Reading

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Class-Action CrossFit

By Laura Bruner

In Kids

April 11, 2014

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Rancho High School in Nevada started using CrossFit for P.E. in 2010, and the success of the program now has 10 other schools following suit.

Nevada has the third-lowest graduation rate in the United States, and to help change that, Rancho High School receives federal funding assistance due to Title I status. But it wasn’t until a P.E. teacher decided to bring CrossFit into her classroom that real change occurred.

A year prior to… Continue Reading

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Paper Airplane

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

April 02, 2014

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Paper airplanes plus exercise = happy children!

Call it “fitness origami.”

After your kids make paper airplanes, they’ll try to fly them as far as possible in hopes of reaching the safety of the master-pilot line.

Crash landings will bring burpees and other movements perfect for creating great young athletes.

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Plank Ball

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

March 27, 2014

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This simple activity is based on the classic game of hot potato and works well as a warm-up for young athletes.

All you need is a bit of floor space and an exercise ball to create a fun game of hot potato for your CrossFit Kids. Simply circle the troops, get them into a plank position and have them bat a ball around the circle. The last one to touch it… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Special Populations

March 02, 2014

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Knowledge Is Power Program school relies on Los Angeles affiliate owners to help bring CrossFit to new East L.A. junior high.

Paul Austad, Candice Ryu and Shirley Brown didn’t know each other until recently, even through the three grew up in the same rough area of East Los Angeles and have been exposed to much of the same adversity.

But now they’re banding together for a greater cause. Along with a woman named… Continue Reading

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