As it stands now the CrossFit Kids program at Raleigh CrossFit has passed the 5 month mark and boy is it going strong thus far. We now have both the kids and teen programs running throughout the week and to put it mildly, it is simply amazing. One of the greatest things about the program is the fact that we have families doing CrossFit and absolutely loving it. Mom and dad come in and train together and at the same time their kids are in the other room exercising, moving and having just as much fun if not more. We have over a handful of families, including my own, that do CrossFit. I can’t think of a better example for the kids than to talk the talk as well as walk the walk.
Many of us who CrossFit know how challenging the training can be and the dedication it takes, for the kids it’s no less challenging. To them it’s all just so much fun that they can’t wait until it’s a training day. I hear from parents all the time how their children talk about the classes, how much fun they have, showing what they’ve learned. When I, or one of the other CrossFit Kids coaches, teach correct movement and see that movement done right, it is very satisfying. Two of our original Crossfit Kids Davis and Carter are very determined young ladies who work no less diligently than their mom Deanna and dad Zeb. They approach every class just as their parents would and head for the board to see what fun is in store for them. Jen. B. has son Walker and daughter May in the Kids program as well. They are a trio of hard-working athletes. In our newly formed teen program Keirsten, daughter of one of our athletes Heidi G., is such a pleasure to coach. It’s really great to see that same drive and intensity come out of her as her mother displays in the adult class. Shannon, mother to Marie and Matthew, stays and watches nearly every training session and has seen tremendous progress in both of her children. Shannon, who runs her own dessertary (“Just Desserts”) and as a business owner has to plan ahead for finding down time, makes time twice a week to ensure her kids are enjoying the benefits of CrossFit. The Dittmer family, which includes parents Josh and Chrissy and three kids Alex, Sam and Chloe, now see their kids performing handstands on the side of their house and getting stronger, more balance and quicker in their sport pursuits. Oscar and his mom Barbara are learning how to train together, using CrossFit to improve Oscar’s tennis game. Chris and Angie have their boys Gavin and Hayden training hard to improve their baseball and soccer games, while they use CrossFit to compliment an active life that includes running, biking and hiking as a family. Bryan W. has three kids in the program as well. His two daughters Anna and Cassie and son Calvin and their cousin Zoe, all participate in CFK and run into class with excitement each night. The Whites (parents Jim and Elizabeth and son Marshall) have all made CrossFit a part of their lives – so much so that even on Memorial weekend, they are gathering extended family members and training them in the backyard!
To see smiles when the kids walk through the door, knowing what is ahead of them for the next 45 minutes is an amazing sight. Not only that, but they all say thank you before they leave and they are already looking ahead to the next training session. Now that, is something very positive.
As a coach one of the most satisfying experiences is that of watching even my own child have a great time and get a great workout in the process. It makes me feel I’m doing something so good for his well being, as well as his future. I really believe that the previous statement goes just the same for all of our CrossFit Kids Raleigh moms and dads. I can only imagine the awesome dinner conversations that are taking place in various households. It is something that puts a giant smile on my face.
I know I speak on behalf of all of the coaches at Raleigh CrossFit when I say that it is a pleasure to be a part of your family’s positive outlook on wellness. Thank you.
See you at The Tank!
CrossFit Kids Raleigh runs its teen program (ages 10-17) Monday and Friday nights from 530-615p and its younger group (ages 5-9) on Wednesdays at 530-615p and Sundays from 900-945a.