When you think of CrossFit, do you think of it as a sport comprised of hulking men and women, or little children working out in a rough and tumble gym? One might assume the former rather than the latter. But they would be wrong.
Thats right, an emerging trend of children are getting into the most progressive workout system more and more these days. There are countless benefits to introducing children into exercise at an early age. Classes are beginning to form either comprised of solely children looking to test their strength on the pullup bar or with adults and children. The positive atmosphere and supportive nature of the CrossFit community allows everyone to succeed and accomplish their goals.
Children are doing the same kinds of workouts as the adults standing, well not exactly shoulder to shoulder, but you get the point. Children are lifting weights, engaging in body weight resistance and plyometrics, gymnastics, and all kinds of endurance and cardiovascular exercises like rowing, running, and biking. When all these pieces of the puzzle are put together it forms that days special workout, notably known as the WOD or “workout of the day.”
For children and older athletes the WOD can be toned down. Whether its the repetitions, variations in exercises, or anything in-between. There can always be adjustments to the workouts, while still providing a level of challenge and positive encouragement from peers. The group exercises inspire all the athletes at the gym to try harder as they see others competing and giving it their all. I know this experience first hand as I compete with others and myself everyday in an attempt to better my personal growth and health.
As you may or may not know CrossFit was designed to be vastly different than normal workouts. It is defined as being a “meaningful, measurable way” to workout and “optimize fitness.” CrossFit roots lie with body weight movements and no machine assistance aside from rowing or biking. There are plenty of workouts that everyone can do, it just depends on how tough you want to workout and how much you’re willing to challenge yourself. When you begin going to CrossFit gyms you will notice almost immediately the level of sportsmanship and aid you will receive from Day 1. It really doesn’t matter your level of experience, how much you can lift, or your skills at all, there will always be someone there to help you.