A new style of children’s fitness has come to UK that combines gymnastics, bodyweight movements and weightlifting elements to encourage children between 3 and 17 years old to keep fit and healthy.
CrossFit Bold is a strength and conditioning gym that offers children the opportunity to get involved with new, fun and energising ways to get fit and healthy. In an attempt to combat the lifestyles of overweight children in a fun and educational way the trainers at CrossFit Bold use functional fitness training techniques to educate the children about the importance of functional movement, whilst also showing the children how they may have fun at the same time as exercising.
In a typical 30-60 minute session trainers aim to teach children efficient movement mechanics that focus on balance, speed, agility and spatial awareness. These are all key elements, especially during the child’s years of peak development and teach children efficient mechanics and create a broad athletic foundation.
The Programme Director at CrossFit Bold, Marlo Kinnear, says, “The CrossFit Kids programme aims to pair fitness with fun which aims to create a lifelong love of health and fitness for the children. We have three different programmes catering for different ages and we have already seen some great results from children on the programme.”
The three different age levels include pre-school, kid sessions and teen sessions. The pre-
school sessions aim at 3-5 years and focus around game play, an essential factor in a child’s development. The sessions for kids aim at 5-12 year olds and focus on learning functional movements, whilst the teen sessions include 13-17 year olds and concentrate on technique work, short workouts and include an introduction on how to lift weights safely.
Kinnear continues, “The great thing about the children sessions are that they have so much fun and they far from realise they are working hard and getting fitter. Our programme teaches the children basic movements such as running, jumping and throwing; skills used in everyday life. We also aim to educate children on the importance of making fitness [a] part of their lives.”
Each class centres on small groups with one or more coach for every 10 members. CrossFit Bold Kids invite and welcome every level of athlete and tailor all their workouts to match the abilities and needs of each individual. CrossFit Bold thus provides the opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to maximise their physical and mental skills during years of ultimate development.
CrossFit Bold have set out on a mission and this leads the way in providing a solution and improvement to children’s health. CrossFit Bold’s mission is to develop a community of likeminded individuals who work together to inspire one another towards personal improvement. Their primary tool for facilitating this positive change is physical training but what makes CrossFit Bold even more inspirational, is their understanding that mental and spiritual aspects must also be addressed in order to optimise overall health. Fundamentally, they endeavour to upgrade and evolve themselves and those in their community so that the UK can enter into a lifelong pact with health and fitness and enjoy a love of fun and invigorating exercise.
CrossFit Bold Kids sessions run for a period of 13 weeks. The prices differ dependent on the age and size of the group however everyone’s first trial session is free! Visit www.crossfitboldkids.com for more information.
What long term health impact might these types of programs have on future generations?