Growing up, most kids looked forward to the one or two days a week that we got to go to gym class during elementary school. We did not think much about dieting or working out. We were lucky if we knew what a six-pack was yet. Everything is different these days for students that go to Ocean City Intermediate School in New Jersey.
CrossFit Kids, the children’s version of the workout program that has become popular over the past few years, is now offered to the student on a weekly basis thanks to the school’s gym teachers, according to ShoreNewsToday.com. Gym teachers Jesse Parker and Renee Bendig are doing their part to what Parker called “evening the playing field for students, encouraging a lifelong love of fitness.”
While Parker had just gained his certification, the two are aided by Joe Pappano, the owner of CrossFit 609 in Upper Township, N.J. The program is help once a week, with Pappano coming in once a month just as a consultant. The Ocean City middle school recently was able to become a CrossFit Kids affiliate, becoming the first school in New Jersey to have the official program in their curriculum.
According to Parker, the students enjoy the ability to get better. He told the Shore New Today, “The students find tracking their progress rewards and they are supportive of each other, encouraging one another to do better.” Parents of the students have shown positive feedback about the program and on how their kids feel about it.
It will be interesting to see if this is a program that begins to spread about the state or event the nation. While CrossFit itself is not an easy concept to grasp, I believe, by starting kids in a program at a younger age, they will understand the fundamentals of a healthier and more active lifestyle without being thrown right into it as a teenager.