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Not Taking It Sitting Down

By Maureen O’Hagan

In ExPhysiology, Kids

March 24, 2015

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Kelly and Juliet Starrett work to prevent poor movement by supplying kids with stand-up desks at school.

In the spring of 2013, Kelly Starrett and his wife, Juliet, volunteered to help out at their daughter’s elementary-school field day in Marin County, California. The experience was eye-opening.

Far too many kids seemed to be physically compromised. They saw kids who couldn’t get themselves into burlap sacks for the sack races, much… Continue Reading

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Fit to Teach

By Brittney Saline

In Kids, Special Populations

January 04, 2015

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Staff at Cannon School set an example for their students as CrossFit is set to become part of the elementary curriculum in 2015.

At 16 years old, Meredith Davis (then Wittman) was strong.

A ballerina of 12 years, her thick, sinewy thighs propelled her nimbly across the floor as music swelled overhead. Her back muscles rippling as she extended in a graceful arch, she looked to her instructors for approval.

“‘Your legs look like tree trunks… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Kids, Special Populations

December 24, 2014

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The Wellington School, located in Columbus, Ohio, is an independent private school for students in preschool through Grade 12. Four-time CrossFit Games athlete Lindsey Smith is its athletic director.

The school is also home to TWS CrossFit. When Smith accepted the job at the prep school, a Wellington parent who does CrossFit reached out to ask how CrossFit would be implemented into the athletics program.

“(The parent) gave us some restricted funds… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Poipu: Hills for Bills

By Tyson Oldroyd and Eric Maciel

In Affiliation, HD Videos, Kids

December 23, 2014

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On Sept. 14, CrossFit Poipu hosted a trail-run fundraiser to sponsor local youth into the gym’s CrossFit Kids program.

“This whole event is being put together so we can raise money for kids over here to be able to come do CrossFit for free. A lot of (the kids) come from rough homes. … We pull them off the street and get them in the gym, and it changes their lives,” says Aaron Hoff, owner of the affiliate in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Hungry, Hungry Hippo

By Lura Poggi

In Kids

October 30, 2014

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Some kids will find medicine balls are more fun when they aren’t used for wall-ball shots.

The classic tabletop game for kids never did much for fitness, but this gym-based version will definitely get your children moving.

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In Kids

September 29, 2014

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Alison Patenaude presents a CrossFit Kids game based on an old favorite.

Rock beats scissors.

Scissors beat paper.

Paper beats rock.

Kids beat obesity.

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Fitness Through Sports?

By Chris Cooper

In Coaching, Kids, Sports Applications

September 12, 2014

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Parents who want their kids to be active sign them up for sports, but early specialization and pressure to perform often take young athletes out of the game for life.

Are athletes made by playing or training?

At the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, Sam Bennett couldn’t do a pull-up. The 17-year-old faced criticism from various media outlets, but none were able to say why he should be able to do a pull-up. Without an objectively… Continue Reading

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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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