Last month I wrote about CrossFit and its popularity amongst the DC-gentris (short for DC gentrifiers, or white people), and received tons of feedback via e-mail and nearly every social network I’m on. The most interesting e-mails came from a dude at the CrossFit corporation, first informing me that CrossFit has a capital “F” and taking issue with a health implication that I mentioned one could suffer from while practicing it. At the end of my post, in jest, I wrote that maybe I should start out with a kiddie CrossFit class. He did inform me that there was a CrossFit (can’t forget the capital “F”) for kids. And all I could ask myself in my head was, ¿Por qué.
The Gantry CrossFit gym in Long Island City, New York offers CrossFit training to kids “as young as 3″. Classes cost $140 a month if taken once a week, or $280 a month for twice a week. Luckily the kiddie’fitters won’t have to deal with kettlebells or puke buckets. According to Michelle Kelber, a certified CrossFit trainer at Gantry, the kiddier’fitters will learn traditional CrossFit movements like squats and overhead presses without the weights.
The official CrossFit Kids website is a little more in depth when it comes to the actual exercise routines for toddler aged kids through teens and also includes curricula for all ages. Their site info states, “CrossFit Kids is the principal strength and conditioning program for many young athletes and the primary P.E. program for many home schools, charter schools. It is used by athletic teams, martial arts schools and many parents that want their kids to grow up healthy, strong and have a life long love of working out thus avoiding the common problems associated with childhood inactivity and obesity.”
I remember back in the day fitness for kids meant running around at a park, bike riding, roller skating, you know kid things. Sure there were organized sports, but actually workout routines at gyms, where you pay $280 for two classes a week? Yes, studies have shown that childhood obesity and inactivity is an issue but where do you draw the line when it comes to fitness and children?