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By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Kids

February 02, 2014

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Schools and CrossFit affiliates are teaming up to improve fitness and brain function in children, and opportunities for funding abound if you know where to look. Chris Cooper explains.

Physical education has flatlined.

While the obesity epidemic rages and many schools lack the money, time or knowledge to implement a comprehensive approach to physical activity, CrossFit Kids is bringing fitness back into the curriculum, and the growing demand is creating new… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Kids

January 16, 2014

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Nick Loera wanted to bring CrossFit to fellow students at Summit Tahoma. Through the help of the NorCal CrossFit community, he’ll be teaching his peers to squat in February.

Summit Charter High Schools are based on a philosophy that the students should drive their own learning, and 16-year-old Nick Loera took that to heart.

While Summit has a strong approach to developing learning and critical thinking in the classroom, the students lack any… Continue Reading

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A Christmas Lump of Coal

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

December 21, 2013

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Gift-wrapped rocks make poor presents, but they’re perfect for a CrossFit Kids workout, and you can re-gift them in a special game as well.

If your young ones have a bit too much energy after holiday treats, pull out the rocks for some push presses, and when they're worn out, you can explain why you gave them a bunch of stones for Christmas.

You might want to have a real present handy… Continue Reading

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In Kids

December 14, 2013

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Charter school with CrossFit as its physical-education program receives conditional approval.

On Dec. 3, the San Diego Unified Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of granting conditional approval to Empower Charter School, making it the first school to name CrossFit as a foundation in its petition for charter. About 40 green-clad supporters, including CrossFit originals Greg Amundson and Josh Everett, were in attendance for the… Continue Reading

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Build a CrossFit Snowman

By Lori Hubbard

In Kids

December 10, 2013

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While some boxes can send their CrossFit Kids outside to build real snowmen, others have to get creative and use a bit of imagination.

Lori Hubbard’s fun winter game involves fitness, teamwork, memory work and math skills, and it’s perfect for groups of young athletes.

Aside from the obvious benefits of the game, this snowman won’t melt and make a mess in the gym.

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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 30, 2013

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Noble and Empower charter schools find CrossFit fits their mandate to pursue excellence in education.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools is located in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago: Englewood, Garfield Park, West Humble Park. Ninety-five percent of its students live below the poverty line, and many of the schools in the neighborhood are equipped with metal detectors to curb violence. When students enter Noble schools in the ninth grade, they’re… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 26, 2013

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Chicago student wins charter-school “education lottery” and earns full college scholarship.

Daniel Rodriguez won the lottery when he was 13.

A kid from Chicago’s inner city, Rodriguez faced a bleak outlook. His mom is from Puerto Rico, his dad from the Dominican Republic, and English is not the first language of either parent. Rodriguez struggled in elementary school, and his parents feared for his future in high school.

“I was so far behind as… Continue Reading

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In Kids

November 22, 2013

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What if everything we “know” about resistance training for children is based on myth? Chris Cooper investigates.

In 1842, England’s Children’s Employment Commission observed a disturbing trend: children working in coal mines were notably shorter than other British children. This was cause for alarm. In their rudimentary version of the Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum, 19th-century British scientists used height as a primary indicator for health. A short child was, by definition, unhealthy.

The commission blamed the… Continue Reading

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