September 29, 2014
Alison Patenaude presents a CrossFit Kids game based on an old favorite.
Rock beats scissors.
Scissors beat paper.
Paper beats rock.
Kids beat obesity.
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
September 01, 2014
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
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
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
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
April 11, 2014
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
April 02, 2014
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.