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Kids move, play and grow with CrossFit Kids

Sam Eskew is just beginning some CrossFit Kids exercises with the help of instructor Lisa Lauve. (Photo: Miranda Klein/The Town Talk)
Sam Eskew is just beginning some CrossFit Kids exercises with the help of instructor Lisa Lauve. (Photo: Miranda Klein/The Town Talk)

Most kids are more able than what adults give them credit for. Give them a playground and they will flourish in many more ways than you expect.

Sam Eskew started CrossFit three years ago and “couldn’t do a pull-up or a push-up.” Today, he can do 10 of each and his goals for now include “getting faster and stronger” at everything.

Even though he’s only a child, Sam is one of the kids whom will partner up with other CrossFit beginners to share his passion for the sport. Inadvertently, this also builds up leadership, team work and social skills within Sam.

“I try to be friendly with them so they’ll be comfortable here,” Eskew said.

Jacob Dean, 8, (right) grins while completing his weekly CrossFit Kids workout. (Photo: Miranda Klein/The Town Talk)
Jacob Dean, 8, (right) grins while completing his weekly CrossFit Kids workout. (Photo: Miranda Klein/The Town Talk)

CrossFit SouthBank in Los Angeles, USA started offering the 45-minute kids workout three years ago, and time has made co-owner Lisa Lauve, a believer in it. As kids’ bodies grow stronger and healthier, so do their outlooks on life and themselves. They challenge themselves in the gym and in other areas.

Twice a week, for 45 minutes, that gym is all theirs. The CrossFit Kids program, modeled after the popular adult workout, has boys and girls ages 5 to 11 swinging from monkey bars, crawling on all fours, climbing, jumping and running.

“You see where their confidence in here manifests into other sports and in life,” said Lisa.

It’s not all work without play, as Lisa incorporates a physical challenge like an obstacle course, or dodgeball where the focus is on movement. In play we grow, and we grow with play.

Source: The TownTalk