CrossFit is a fitness regime that’s increasing in popularity and has many avid fans. While the people who do CrossFit are mainly adults, you can find some younger members too. There have been articles written about families who do CrossFit together and how it can strengthen a family’s bond. Maybe you are interested in starting CrossFit, but are concerned it’ll take away time you spend with your family. Or maybe you’re already involved with CrossFit and have heard of something called “CrossFit Kids” and you’re wondering how you can get your children involved. Here are some ways you can go about introducing CrossFit to your kids and make it a family hobby!
Make sure they’re interested
Before enrolling your child in a CrossFit kids (or regular CrossFit class, depending on their age), take time to talk with them and make sure it’s actually something they want to do. Explain to them what CrossFit is and take the time to educate them about fitness and what they’d be doing in CrossFit Kids. Let them know that they can decide to stop doing it if they really don’t like it and would want to do a lighter fitness activity.
Let them see what you do
If you’re already involved in CrossFit, take your child to the gym with you so they can see what you do during your workout. While they won’t be doing the same exercises you are, they’ll be doing simpler versions and can get an idea of what CrossFit is about. You can also introduce them to other CrossFit people and let them ask any questions they may have about CrossFit.
Find a kids class near you
The final step of introducing your kid to CrossFit is to actually find a class that fits them. Lots of CrossFit gyms offer CrossFit kids classes for various ages. These classes are a great way for children to connect with their parents while their parents still get to enjoy and participate in CrossFit. Go with your child to try out a class to make sure it’s the best fit for them.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that it’s entirely up to your child whether or not they want to do CrossFit. Some CrossFit can be too intense for young children, so wait until your kid is a little older and physically capable of doing more demanding exercises. If your child is an athlete, learning CrossFit at a young age will greatly benefit them as they get older.