CrossFit for Kids has become quite popular in recent years. CrossFit for Kids is a program that teaches strength and conditioning to kids and teenagers. CrossFit creates a learning environment that incorporates health and fitness. Although it does has a gaining popularity, there are still some people who may be skeptical of the methods.
There are many reasons why CrossFit can be great for your kid or kids. The program can be a stepping stone to help them transition into other sports and activities. They will also become healthy adults because they are learning to eat well and exercise at a young age.
Here are a few other reasons why CrossFit for Kids can benefit your little ones and teenagers:
CrossFit will provide a wide range of discipline for your kids. Your kids can gain physical benefits from discipline activities, such as gymnastics and lifting weights. The kids will develop capacities that they can retain while they’re growing into adults.
CrossFit for Kids can also develop children on an emotional level. Kids can learn how to be team players, learn leadership skills, manners, and self-discipline. These are important skills that will help children grow into wonderful adults. Children who participate in CrossFit usually gain a high level of confidence because of all the fantastic things they’re learning and accomplishing.
Kids and teenagers can gain confidence to try other sports they were afraid to try before. Kids who have a low confidence or self-esteem level because of their weight, can get a significant confidence boost because they can see a weight change after participating in CrossFit.
CrossFit can have a physical, mental, and emotional impact on your children that can last a lifetime. CrossFit is plenty of fun for young ones and teenagers.
If you want to know if CrossFit is right for your kids, contact us. Let us help your kids have fun and be healthy at the same time.
There’s a lot of talk about CrossFit these days, and a lot of people are curious to know if “the sport of fitness” is something they would want or be able to take part in. If you’ve got questions, then CrossFit Akron’s got answers.
Question #1: What should people expect when they come in to CrossFit Akron?
Answer: An experience like no other.
At CrossFit Akron, you will be pushed to your limit and come back wanting more. We work with everyone from people starting out with a basic exercise program to stay @ home moms, CrossFit champions and everyone in between.
The experience at CrossFit Akron is unlike any you’ve ever had in a gym. The workouts are tough, but they’re scaled to your ability level. No one’s going to ask you to pick up weights that are too heavy for you, but they will ask you to do whatever’s at the top end of your ability. As a result of doing the exercises hard and fast, you can expect to see results almost immediately.
Question #2: So, what about CrossFit makes novice strength trainers – or even novice exercisers – want to come back?
Answer: It’s all in the community aspect. CrossFit is a class experience where people of different levels of ability and CrossFit experience all do the workout of the day, or “WOD,” together. Your fellow CrossFitters will be cheering you on and supporting you the entire way.
You can work out on your own or even participate in the strength-training classes at your typical gym, but no one in that class is going to help you get over your feelings of self-doubt like a CrossFitter or CrossFit Akron coach. CrossFit’s a more intense experience, and your fellow CrossFitters truly want to see you finish and finish strong. No matter who you are when you come to CrossFit, you’re going to feel like it’s all about you for the hour that you come in to complete the WOD with your new CrossFit friends. CrossFitters are a very close-knit group, and at CrossFit Akron you can expect to be welcomed and congratulated for your efforts no matter how much or how little you think you can do in the beginning. You will very quickly get a feel for what it’s like to do something challenging as part of a team of people who are there because they actually want to be there.
So stop wondering today – you do have what it takes to become a bona fide CrossFitter!
Contact us today to schedule your free introductory session and.
CrossFit athletes have some of the best physiques on the planet. How do they produce these great results and incredible bodies? Simply put, at CrossFit everyone is an athlete and trains like one too. To train like an athlete, follow these basic principles to see results.
Compound Movements - Great athletes can perform complex skills that involve coordination of their entire body. These skills could include sprinting, jumping, or throwing. Training should follow this same basic principle; utilizing total body or compound movements such as box jumps, sprints, medicine ball throws, and burpees. All of these are CrossFit staples and part of what makes our workouts so productive.
Intensity - Athlete’s don’t get results just from what they do; it’s how they do it. CrossFit workouts may only last a short time but the intensity, energy, and focus is at a high level. A short workout at high intensity burns calories, increases lean muscle, and pumps up your metabolism leading to better body composition. To look like an athlete, break away from marathon workouts that slightly elevate your heart rate and train for short periods at high intensity.
Competition - Athlete’s are competitors, it is their competitive drive that often makes them great at what they do. It is no surprise that great athletes surround themselves with people who will challenge them and push them in their training. With CrossFit, the training environment is challenging and empowering; there is no substitute for the motivation from a great team that pushes you to reach your potential and always give your best.
Action - Great athletes are risk takers and take action; they learn from experience. The only way to get the body and results you desire is to stop thinking about it or reading about it and get started! We are here to help you take action, contact us to get started. If you are reading this you have made the decision, now it is time to act on that decision, so stop reading and start training!
How is your health? Can you honestly say that it is good? That you are getting sufficient sleep, that you have enough energy to make it through the day and that your weight is right where you feel it should be? We all have our idea of what being healthy is. Some of us live with daily pain and accept it. Some of us look physically fit but lack energy because we eat a poor diet. In order to answer yes to these questions you’ll need to evaluate your health and then make the necessary changes to improve it.
Health is not just about one thing, like eating well. It’s made up of eating the right diet, getting plenty of sleep and having a proper workout that fits our body type. Getting this balance right can be a challenge as there are a lot of diets out there and even more types of fitness.
Creating a healthy lifestyle is like building blocks. Nutrition is the base for good health. You can’t start a fitness program if you lack sufficient nutrition. Your body needs the proper fuel to work hard. The second block is your fitness routine. Your body is unique as are the results you hope to achieve, finding the appropriate fitness program to fit your needs is essential to your success. The third block, sleep, is a combination of eating well and working out regularly. This will lower your stress levels allowing you to sleep better.
If one of these blocks is missing it makes your tower unstable. This can leave you vulnerable to disease and injury.Without these proper building blocks your health will crumble. You can have the best suited fitness routine, but if you aren’t eating a proper diet your body will suffer. The same is true if you aren’t getting enough sleep.
How do you figure out what is best for you? There are a lot of options out there and it can be confusing. So why not get some help from people who know how to help you to achieve your optimal health? Contact us today at CrossFit Akron and we can help you make a health plan specific to your needs and give you the support to carry it through.
Experts on running say that there are two types of runners: those who are injured and those who will be injured. Each year, up to 80 percent of runners go through a period of injury which requires time off from running. One might expect more injuries to result from track training, but increasingly – with the explosion in popularity that the marathon has enjoyed in recent years – the long, slow running is to blame.
You may not consider yourself a sprinter or a strong 5K runner, and that’s fine. Training for longer distances, up to and including the marathon, may feel like a more suitable alternative if short sprints on the track do not appeal to you. However, those high-intensity workouts you avoid actually torch more calories and help more with weight loss than always doing what you’re used to, especially with regards to cardio. And weighing less means having less poundage to haul down the road during a race.
Even if you regularly run more than 30 miles per week, don’t be surprised if a junk-food jag (several days in a row of heavy foods and sweets in the office during the holiday season, or treats replenished daily during a training event or conference) causes you to put on weight. The reason for weight gain in this situation can be blamed on the type of exercise you’re (not) doing just as much as what you’re eating. If you engage in the same type of exercise at the same intensity level all the time, your body adapts to it and doesn’t register that much of anything is happening at all. This isn’t to say that you may as well not do what you’re doing, but if you want to achieve a weight loss goal or keep from gaining weight in the first place, you need more variety and greater intensity.
Doing the same thing all the time also significantly increases your risk for injury. Even if you go out for regular “easy runs,” strength train for muscular endurance and do yoga to maintain flexibility, there’s still more that you could and should be doing. A weekly workout schedule including these three activities is certainly better than no variety at all, but unfortunately, all three have something in common: low intensity. Even if the different forms of exercise are recruiting different muscles, the low intensity is limiting your overall fitness and predisposing you to injury. Many endurance runners ignore speed, power (defined as strength plus speed), agility and balance at their peril.
That’s where CrossFit comes in. CrossFit, “the sport of fitness,” encompasses a wide variety of exercises that focus on anaerobic endurance to increase speed, power, agility and balance. And you need these things not only to excel as a runner but also to achieve and maintain weight loss and prevent injury. Depending on your current physical state, CrossFit can be a great way to rehab and even pre-hab so that you don’t get sidelined while training for your next big event. CrossFit training for speed, power, agility, balance (in addition to the cardio/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina and flexibility you may already have) conditions parts of the body that endurance athletes tend to overlook.
CrossFit Akron is the premier CrossFit training facility in Northeast Ohio. Our experienced trainers and instructors are here to work with you, at your already above-average level of fitness as a distance runner, to improve your fitness in areas you never knew needed help.
For more information on how CrossFit can help you become a leaner, meaner distance runner, contact us.
Hard work and dedication are key components if you want to succeed in reaching your fitness goals. You can go it alone, however there is strength and longevity in numbers. Success is easier to reach when you have help.
Going it alone when you are trying to get in shape can be a long lonely road. There isn’t anyone there to pick you up when you get down in a slump or challenge you when you want to be lazy. Consider a personal trainer or coach to help you succeed in setting and reaching your goals. If you can’t afford that, find a friend or someone at your current gym who has the same fitness goals as you. Building a strong bond through fitness will keep you both motivated.
By having someone to work out with, you will have the support you need to help you break down barriers that you otherwise may have given up on alone. You can set the bar higher to challenge each other, find support when you hit a slump, have some friendly competition to keep things intense and fun and get some encouragement along the way.
When working out with someone it is easier to let go of any bad attitudes you may have as you will be encouraged throughout your workout to give it your all. You will be building an environment that will bring out the best in you.
A trainer, coach or workout buddy will teach you to let go of your ego. You will expose weaknesses and use each other to get stronger, together. If you’re not up for the one on one, then try a class. It will provide the same benefits as a coach or a workout buddy. You will be in a community of people who are all trying to achieve the same thing, better health and fitness.
Contact us today at CrossFit Akron to learn more about our workouts and coaching staff. Choose today to be the first step on your way to succeeding in reaching your fitness goals.
Shared physical struggle brings develops a sense of community. It’s why soldiers in battle and athletes on the playing field form tight-knit bonds. It’s also why the audience at CrossFit competitions cheer so loudly at the athletes exerting themselves at the workouts. Everyone in the stands has been through the same training at the competitors. We encourage that camraderie at our box in several ways.
Doing It Together
The workout of the day isn’t broken up by beginner and expert, men and women, or young and old. Everybody does the WOD together and with the same reps. However, nobody is impressed if you’re doing the prescription weight with the form of jellyfish. If you’re new or getting over an injury, you’re expected to scale the movement back so it’s doable. Above all, you want to avoid the dreaded DNF (Did Not Finish) tag after your name.
Your Own Cheering Section
You expect the coaches to encourage you when the moves get hard. But don’t be surprised if your fellow CrossFitters, even after completing their own rounds, get up and run with you so you complete your last few yards. They’ll cheer you on because they know exactly what you’re going through. We also have partner workouts where your workout buddy can’t stop his effort until you finish yours. This only adds incentive for you to do better.
Keeping It Clean
You’re not going to find misplaced racks, sweaty equipment, and weights scattered around the training floor like you do at other gyms. We expect you to clean up after yourself and to help everybody else put their stuff away. It’s about respecting the box and your fellow CrossFitters. You’ll be grateful to do this because some day, when you’re running behind after a tough exercise, your community will clean up after you as well.
WOD on and celebrate a wonderful Labor Day. If this sounds like the kind of community that you want to have fun with, come join us in the Rubber City at CrossFit Akron.
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