Find out why parents are signing their children up for crossfit classes. By Deborah Lin
Crossfit programmes tailored for children focus more on fun than WODs. (Photo: Deborah Lin)
A common misconception many have of crossfit is that the high-intensity workouts (with elements of aerobics, calisthenics and plyometrics) sound much too intense for kids. After all, it is the sport that coined WOD (workout of the day). In reality, studios that offer crossfit classes for children tailor special programmes for the varying age groups.
What Kids Can Expect at a Crossfit Class
At Innervate Crossfit, one of the first crossfit studios to have children programmes in Singapore, kids do a varied series of quick moves done in two or three sets, and veiled as games to keep things fun. The coach charts each child’s progress and movement mastery before raising the intensity level.
Designed to keep kids moving throughout the session, these games involve friendly competition. Fun moves include the ballerina (traversing the room on tip-toes with arms outstretched sideways) and bear crawls that don’t let the knees touch the ground. The coach also issues challenges, like six minutes of push-ups, jumps and oompaloompa (overhead presses).
There’s also an element of weight lifting; the more experienced eventually progress to lifting 3kg medicine balls. Weightlifting starts only in the 13 and older teens class.
Games during the classes involve friendly competition among the kids. (Photo: Innervate Crossfit)
What’s more, Innervate Crossfit supports both the physical and mental growth of children in terms of building confidence, fundamental movements and academic progress. Since findings indicate that the best time for academic learning is within an hour after intensive exercise, it has set up an area for children to do their homework post-workout, especially during exam time, with supervision by the coach or parents.
During holidays, there are special programmes available for kids to experience cross-training too. The last holiday programme included rock climbing at a nearby gym!
Programmes Available at Innervate Crossfit
The one-hour trial class is free of charge. Classes for children aged four to seven (Preschool) focus more on fun and functional movements, and those for children between eight and 12 (Kids) emphasise more on character building and athletic development. Packages for these classes start from $150 a month for thrice weekly sessions. There are also classes for teens and adults.
Programme intensity depends on the child’s fitness level and age. (Photo: Innervate Crossfit)