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Kids get fit through CrossFit

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July 22, 2010 | Sports
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As his Kids CrossFit class ends, Codey Rohn, 6, swings on a climbing rope Monday morning at the Functional Fitness Center on the Resiliency Campus at Fort Hood. Michael Heckman, Sentinel Sports Editor
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Further emphasizing play as an aspect of physical fitness, children including Danielle Rohn (left), watch, as Michael Boutin, 5, receives a “hot” potato while Codey Rohn, 6, grabs the edge of the bag containing the potato.
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CrossFit head trainer Jenn Kruse spots Isabelle Gulickson, 5, as she practices a hand stand Monday during a Kids CrossFit training class.
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Katie Bjurman, 9, does a set of pullups on the rings Monday during a Kids CrossFit class at the Functional Fitness Center on Fort Hood.
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CrossFit trainer Jenn Kruse gives pointers to children attending a Kids CrossFit class Monday at the Functional Fitness Center on the Resiliency Campus.
CrossFit is for kids. The intensive physical training regimen that can leave even the fittest Soldiers gasping for air is leaving kids smiling.

With age-appropriate modifications, CrossFit has become a welcome game played at Fort Hood’s Functional Fitness Center.

“For kids it’s all about play. They do a lot of jumping; there’s jumping and tumbling. Weight doesn’t even get picked up until the movements are solid. We don’t want them to leave here fatigued and drained. We just want them to have fun and get a positive reinforcement about working out,” said Jenn Kruse, head trainer for Centurion CrossFit.

About 100 kids a week, divided into age groups of children from 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old and a few 12-year-olds can take classes at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Monday morning, about a dozen kids began their class running windmills before practicing handstands on a mat and doing side-by-side jumps.

“It helps them work on motor skills and agility,” Kruse said.

Depending upon age, kids work out for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour.

“It’s fun. I want to climb the rock wall. The ties are OK but the rings made my arms sore,” said Katie Bjurman, 9. She and her brother, Karson, 4, attend CrossFit classes with their mother, Kellie, wife of CWO Kevin Bjurman, an Apache helicopter pilot assigned to the 1st Attack Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

“Since it’s summer time,” Kellie said, “I wanted to get the kids involved in a fun type of exercise so they’ll keep doing it.”

Since beginning CrossFit training about six months ago, she added, “My fitness level is so much better, with strengthening and flexibility, and I feel much stronger.”

Her children, she added, “Are using muscle groups they normally wouldn’t playing video or other games. If they hated it, I wouldn’t force them to do it for even one minute. They love it.”

Staff Sgt. Dave Juarez, a CrossFit trainer, brought his daughter, Kaitlen, 8.

“It’s fun for her to be with other kids so I’m glad they got it started.It’s a great program for kids. Starting functional fitness at an early age carries over into adult life,” Juarez said.

In addition to the warmup exercises, the children completed a workout of the day.

It included an exercise circuit consisting of three broad jumps, six tire flips, and nine ring rows.

Emma Jordan, 9, said, “I’ve wanted to do it because my mom does and when I look at it, it looks fun, especially the tires and the rings.”

Cynthia Boutin, wife of Staff Sgt. Michael Boutin, a 1st Cav. Div. Soldier, said she brought her son, Michael, 5, because, “You want to keep them active, especially during the summer when they’re home.”
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