“Three…Two…One…Go!” And with three loud beeps, the 2012 CrossFit Cayman Kids began.
For the past few months, CrossFit Cayman Kids – with their new location on the Crescent in Camana Bay – has been improving the fitness of children from across the island.
Krista Pell, Head Coach of the CrossFit Cayman Kids programme, as well as all the CrossFit Cayman coaches, are committed to creating a family environment at the gym where parents and kids can work out and share in a healthy lifestyle. Most of the 20 children participating in the programme have parents who are members.
With small group classes CrossFit Cayman Kids was created as a fun way to build confidence and establish a deep sense of community through a combination of hard work and play.
CrossFit Cayman Kids builds an understanding of body mechanics in athletic movements through pushups, pull-ups, squatting, gymnastics, plyometrics, running, rowing and moving weight.
Pell believes any youngster can benefit from doing CrossFit. She said: “Youth with an athletic history and those with no athletic background, it doesn’t matter. Some may be looking to enhance athletic skills for any sports they currently participate in.”
At CrossFit Kids, children are put through the standards of movement and pushed to achieve new fitness horizons. But of all the skills they are taught, encouraging one another is the lesson emphasised time and again.
Pell added: “My children absolutely look forward to Saturday mornings and their time at CrossFit Kids. They have an opportunity to improve their fitness levels and get a good sweat going. I don’t have problems with my children sleeping on Saturday evenings, they get all their energy out at CrossFit.”
CrossFit Kids focuses on teaching core movements to develop the athlete’s overall ability to move. This programme is for girls and boys of all fitness levels and capabilities aged three to 17 and promotes fitness through fun games, challenges and relays.
“Our programme delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our speciality is not specialising. Healthy living requires that our kids push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift, jump, effectively and safely regardless of whether or not they play athletics.”
CrossFit Kids is a scaled down version of CrossFit. Children do not lift weights until they are a designated age and can prove perfect form in all movement. Classes are broken into two age-groups: three to eight and 9-17.