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One Baby at a Time

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit Foundation, Kids

September 20, 2013

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CrossFit’s partnership with Infant Swimming Resource gives very young children the skills to avoid drowning.

It was one of his first calls as a police officer: a female child underwater.

When first responders arrived, they determined it was too late. They couldn’t save her. So the officer, who later became the chief of the Miami Police Department, reached down into the water and held the baby’s lifeless hand until her little body was… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Kids Lifeguard Test

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

September 13, 2013

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Based on a lifeguard drill observed at Moonlight Beach in California, this game encourages recognition, reaction and speed in martial-arts students or CrossFit athletes.

The simple set-up of this CrossFit Kids games leaves lots of room to scale things up for more advanced athletes. Whether you keep it basic or make it more challenging, the Lifeguard Test is a fun way to get kids moving.

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Growing Up CrossFit

By Chris Cooper

In Competition, Kids

July 24, 2013

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Gauntlet events showcase how CrossFit Kids encourages lifelong fitness through fun rather than cutthroat competition.

Shea-Lynn Gioia is 12. She traveled eight hours to compete in her first CrossFit event.

Shea, her parents, and her coach made the trip to CrossFit Firepower, a hub for CrossFit Kids seminars in Milton, Ont. Shea is joining 30 other kids aged 12-18 for one of the first CrossFit Kids Gauntlet competitions held outside… Continue Reading

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Healthy Food/Junk Food Game

By Crisa Metzger

In Kids

June 26, 2013

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Kill two birds with one stone by teaching kids the difference between healthy food and junk food while they work out.

All you’ll need is a paper grocery bag and a toy food set—as well as a pack of kids who are ready for a two-course serving of fitness and education.

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Training the Brain

By Chris Cooper

In Kids, Special Populations

June 18, 2013

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Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, talks to Chris Cooper about movement, the mind and CrossFit.

Can burpees help with math homework?

Dr. John Ratey thinks so.

The associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 2008 wrote the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain based on the outstanding example of the Naperville School Board. The book… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory

May 24, 2013

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Phil Eich makes a case against traditional physical education, in which sports form the foundation but provide little motivation toward lifelong fitness.

The CrossFit Kids curriculum is effective because it creates a physical learning environment that builds on the idea that all children have differing abilities and need to be challenged at their individual point of development in order for effective learning to take place. This differentiated instruction allows a… Continue Reading

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Powerball

By Dan Strametz and Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

May 13, 2013

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You’ve seen the game on American Gladiators, now play it with your CrossFit Kids.

This kids version of powerball involves quite a bit less tackling than the TV version featuring muscled men and women named Laser and Siren, but the goals are the same: get a ball into a guarded bucket.

Kids ready?

Trainers ready?

Go!

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In HD Videos, Kids, Nutrition

May 04, 2013

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“Time to try some new food,” Lanette Doran tells three young children who are surrounding a large bowl of vegetables on a kitchen counter.

She’s taught children for many years how to eat well through healthy cooking. Now, with about five years of CrossFit under her belt, she’s teaching these kids about taste testing with carrots, kale and asparagus, among other items.

“Did you know you have to taste things 10 or 100 times to get… Continue Reading

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