Parents, forget Gymberoo. Australian toddlers are falling way behind their American counterparts who have embraced more challenging workouts for their little ones.
Introducing CrossFit, for toddlers.
Gawker reports that a Queens, NY, studio, CrossFit Gantry, known for their eponymous "fitness and conditioning system," is introducing a CrossFit Kids program for children ages 3 to 5 (and another for ages 6 to 12). The price? Just $140 a month for one class a week or $280 for two classes a week. And you thought daycare was expensive.
According to CrossFit Gantry, a kids' class "promotes functional movement, enabling your child to move through life injury-free" and lets your child "develop critical thinking and memory by practicing complex movements and sequences, keeping track of reps and rounds and tallying scores!" To their credit, they do add in goals of teamwork and community-building -- and say that kids at all fitness levels are welcome.
We can’t help but wonder about the injury-free part (guessing that doesn't extend to CrossFit-style leaps off the couch into the coffee table at home) or exactly how the system works for kids. The obstacle looks pretty fun, but are there box jumps, bench presses or chin-ups involved? We’re thinking we’ll let our 3-year-olds run around the playground. They may not master stand-up push-ups before kindergarten, but, hey, it’s free.
If you're lucky, your toddler will grow up to be just like these older kids who put most adults to shame with their amazing CrossFit workout.
Have you introduced your children to gym workouts such as this?
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