May 24, 2014

CrossFit with Kids



So my daughters (Ages 12 & 10) have been wanting to workout with me and get in shape. The oldest is able to try out for the track team next year and the youngest is hyper competitive.  (I have no idea where she gets that from) Fitness is important to me and I want them to grow up understanding that "skinny" is not better than "strong". You read all of the stories of young women with body image issues and you don't have to look father than the magazine rack at any store to see why. Every image is photoshopped to perfection and every magazine touts the virtues of some celebrities weight loss secret. I want my girls to grow up feeling confident and strong so this seems as good a time as any to get them started with a program. 

We went over to the local high school track and I put them through the following workout:

4 rounds for time of:
400m run
10 air squats
10 lunges

12 year old - 13:43
10 year old - 13:55

It was interesting to watch them do this. First of all kids do not have the mobility issues that adults do so their form was damn near perfect on the run and both of them basically touch their tushes to the ground in the squats. I'm not gonna lie. I was a little jealous of how low they can both get. They needed so coaching on the lunges and they wanted water after every lap but otherwise they kept moving really well. The 10 year old came out too fast on her run and did the first 400m in 2:13. My 12 year old was a little slower and steady at 2:17. By rounds 2-4 they were running the straightaways and walking the shorter curves but they never quit.

When we were done the youngest says to me "Why do you do this five days a week? You must be nuts!" Then she complained about her legs for about an hour which means she will fit right in with the rest of the CrossFitters that I know. Later she tells me that from now on I need to refer to as the "Wodaughter".  No paternity test needed with that one…


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