Introducing children to exercise
Kids love crossfit benefits
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.
Crossing fitness and kids: Georjah Trangmar, 11, is part of the CrossFit kids class.