CrossFit demands your all. It asks you to operate in the top 10 percent of exertion, so you probably think of it as being all the rage for buff 20-somethings. Think again.
Kids love CrossFit, too — and the main reason is that they get to play, says CrossFit Ashland trainer Kymmi Kellens. "It's all about having fun and doing body-weight workouts, not pushing them past the fun point."
The kids, from 5 to 10 years old, climb ropes, play on rings and run about, spiking each other with dodge balls. When hit, instead of being sidelined, they do five burpees and jump back in the game, in keeping with the headlong pace of CrossFit.
CrossFit is an extreme fitness and strength-training routine that pushes you into the top tier of your endurance and strength ability, says owner Emile Garcia, by using a vast range of techniques that are rarely repeated in order — jump rope, gymnastics, rowing, rope climb, pushups, situps, kettlebells, weights — but the kids are introduced to these gradually over the years.
Kids have tons of energy, and CrossFit excels at burning it up, leaving them much more able to sit still and focus on studies in the classroom, says mom Pam Downs, a triathlete.