At first I thought it was a ridiculous, the idea of children as young as four doing CrossFit classes designed specifically for them.
And just in case you’ve completely missed it, CrossFit is the latest exercise craze that has crossed the line into religion, with CrossFit devotees forgetting to leave it at the door and embracing it as a way of life.
Holly Wainwright and Jackie Lunn talk about kids and CrossFit on podcast This Glorious Mess.
Mid-conversation they’ll drop and give you 20 and choose to push their cars to the local petrol station instead of drive them, just to work on their core and increase their muscle mass.
The CrossFit mascot is a menacing looking clown with muscles. The first time my daughter and I walked past our local CrossFit centre and she saw the CrossFit clown painted on the brickwork outside she said, “Mum, why is there a scary clown on the wall?”
He wanted to develop a "meaningful, measurable way" to exercise to improve fitness and health by focusing on functional movements like weightlifting, running and rowing. The regimen is meant to push you to your absolute limit, a bit like old episodes of The Biggest Loser which left some contestants struggling to speak, breathe and hold their lunch down.
The appeal seems to lie in the fact sessions are much shorter than most exercise classes and focuses on high-intensity movements so you can feel yourself improving quickly.