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Injury prevention in kids

Posted by Shirley Brown : Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012

Kids these days are really busy. I'd even say they are over scheduled. So, it's no surprise to me that when I introduce a new parent to CrossFit Kids their concern is their child is too busy already. I'm all for kids playing sports as I think sports are important. I'm also for kids being involved in other activities besides sports like music and art. Each child has a special way of expressing themselves and phyiscal activity/sports might not be it, but every kid should be given the opportunity to try. What I'm getting at is that sports are great but keep them in moderation. I'm not saying you should limit how much physical activity your child gets, they can really do as much as they like. If you have a child that is specializing in a sport at young age they run the risk of getting a repetitive use injury. These can be prevented with proper rest and good strength and conditioning (Try CrossFit Kids) Check out this article in the CrossFit journal about injury prevention and how CrossFit can help!

Richie has focus

Today's Skill
Medicine ball cleans

Today's Little Champs and Champs Workout
AMRAP 10min
5 Medicine ball Cleans
10 sit ups
20 rope skips

Today's Game
Rope swing free play time


Posted by Shirley Brown : Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012

This past Saturday was Personal Record day. We had a great turnout of 18 kids that are part of our lil champs, Champs and Prodigy program! It was an awesome day in terms of my athletes working hard and setting records. Everyone was really well prepped and did amazing. It just goes to show what a room full of support will do for you. My runners ran fast, my flexed arm hangers held tight and the older kids in our teen program were truly an inspiration to some of our younger kids. When I see my group of kids work together as a team and learn and inspire from one another it really makes me happy. I'm so very proud of all of you for showing up and working hard. Congratulations!

CFLA kids PR day Spring 2012
All my kids on Personal Record Day- June 16th

Today's Skill
Plank and hollow position

Today's Little Champs and Champs Workout
150m Row
6 plank ups
6 pull ups
50m Run

Today's Game
Eggs on a stick

Growing up

Posted by Shirley Brown : Wednesday, Jun 06, 2012

The other day I was talking with a friend and we were remembering all the things we wanted to do as as child when we grew up. I had a list that wasn't super long, but interesting for sure. First on my list, ballerina. I had a very inspirational teacher named Karen when I was younger, she made ballet fun. I also saw beautiful ballerinas on TV and thought "that's what I want to do". Next on my list was a mortician. Strange as it may sound, I thought it would be awesome to do peoples make up. Third on the list, a floral nurse. You might ask, what is floral nurse? It's something I made up, I love helping people and I love flowers, so why not make a job that does both? After my prerequisites in college I started nursing school and finished with a degree in health promotion fitness management. So, nursing didn't work out, but I took a stab at it. After college I worked at a floral shop, delivering, arranging and enjoying flowers. Now that I am "grown up" I love what I do. I get to help people feel better through getting them moving and educating them about fitness, nutrition and finding balance in their life.

What does your kid want to be when they grow up and how are you encouraging them?

Maxi working on her rope skills

Today's Skill
Rope Climb Anchors

Today's Little Champs and Champs Workout
Personal Record Day Practice

Today's Game
Clean the Yard

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