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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.

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In Kids

November 03, 2013

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Assistant principal Chris Spurlock reviews the effects CrossFit Kids had on the P.E. program at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

In the 2013 school year, our school undertook a major change in its physical-education department: we implemented a CrossFit Kids curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 12.

The results were immensely rewarding. While I learned many things, three in particular have become very apparent from an administrator’s point… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos, Kids

November 02, 2013

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At Chicago Bulls College Prep, school administrators have been using CrossFit as the physical-education program for two years. The facility is a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

A general problem in the U.S. is that physical-education teachers aren’t held to the same high standards as academic teachers, says Jason Ronai, assistant principal at the school and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. At Noble, the P.E. teachers strive for… Continue Reading

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Mummy Circle

By Connor Stewart Martin

In Kids

October 30, 2013

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Connor Stewart Martin, wrapped in bandages and lumbering toward you with arms outstretched, describes a Halloween-themed game for CrossFit Kids.

Many children associate Halloween with trick-or-treating and wolfing down mountains of candy. This CrossFit Kids game is perfect for getting young athletes thinking about fitness instead.

Easy to set up and play, Mummy Circle can also be used as a warm-up activity, or you can scale it up by… Continue Reading

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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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