In­tro­duc­ing chil­dren to ex­er­cise

Kids love crossfit ben­e­fits

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

CrossFit brings to mind im­ages of mus­cly men and women, but a new set of classes in Porirua is giv­ing chil­dren a chance to try the craze with­out the heavy weights.

The first CrossFit kids classes were held this week, one year from when CrossFit opened in Porirua.

Owner and coach Liam McEl­wee said there was no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate.

‘‘I’ve got my two main pas­sions, kids and CrossFit, and I get to com­bine them,’’ he said. ‘‘I love this. ‘‘I’m liv­ing my dream.’’ McEl­wee was a swim teacher for 17 years be­fore mov­ing over­seas. He started CrossFit in Porirua af­ter re­turn­ing last year.

‘‘I wanted to do kids right from the start.’’

He said a lot of chil­dren had been com­ing with their par­ents and were ea­ger to get in­volved.

‘‘They’ve just been chomp­ing at the bit to join them.’’

Ge­or­jah Trang­mar, 11, was one of the first to join the school-aged class.

‘‘It’s re­ally fun and my par­ents also do it.’’

The keen sports player said CrossFit helped her gain agility and strength for net­ball and karate.

Par­ents with ter­ri­fy­ing im­ages of chil­dren lift­ing heavy weights can rest easy.

McEl­wee said the work­outs would not in­volve weights, but would get chil­dren used to ex­er­cises and the CrossFit move­ments.

He said with junk food, tele­vi­sions and Plays­ta­tions, a lot of young people were not ac­tive and he wanted to see that change.

‘‘It’s a good way to start them young.’’

So far 30 chil­dren and teenagers are signed up for the classes, which run three days a week.

CrossFit kids classes run on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day. Preschool: 4pm till 4:30pm. School age: 4:30pm till 5pm. Teenagers: 5pm till 6pm.

The first month is free.

RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Cross­ing fit­ness and kids: Ge­or­jah Trang­mar, 11, is part of the CrossFit kids class.

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