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Published October 24th 2016
Group exercise for kidsdisguised as fun and games
With so much talk about childhood obesity, Roar Fitness 247 in Canning Vale and Cockburn have decided to tackle the problem head on. Each of the centres offer fitness classes for children aged four to 14, including CrossFit Kids training, which is sure to get those little heart rates up. The group fitness classes are free for members and a measly $5 for non-members, while CrossFit Kids training starts from $16.50.
I went along to Roar Fitness 247 in Cockburn to watch the kids in action – and boy, did they get a good workout. Under the watchful eye and booming voice (a must when dealing with groups of kids) of energetic instructor Lynne, the group played a series of games designed to get them moving and interacting with the other kids, all while having some plain old fun.
All of the children wear name badges to make instructor interaction easier and regular drink stops and breath-catching breaks are encouraged.
First, the kids split into two teams. With a large number of plastic markers laid out on the floor, one team had to turn the markers over while the other team flipped them back over. The team with the most markers either flipped over or right way up was the winner, which makes the most competitive kids work just that little bit harder.
The children then stayed in their teams for a little game titled 'Meet me in the Middle', in which they ran to and from a marked line and then performed whatever exercise Lynne yelled out, such as jumping jacks, mountain climbers and squats.
Next, a special set of dice came out, one with a number printed on it and the other with an exercise printed on it. You guessed it – the kids roll each dice and then have to do as many reps of each exercise as nominated by the dice roll. It was fun, until the kids rolled three sets of sit ups in a row, and then it became a game of anticipation as to whether or not they would be gifted with even more sit ups. There were no more sit ups, much to the kids' relief – just push-ups and toe touches.
The kids then enjoyed an exciting game of basketball, but with a twist – a wearable basketball hoop! It fits nicely onto the child's back and two kids run around while the others throw soft the balls into the enclosed hoop, with the least number of balls determining the winner. Pushing, shoving and grabbing is banned and children must rely solely on their speed and throwing skills.
Finally, it's time for a quick cool down and then it's time to head home for homework, dinner and then bed with no resistance, because those children would've been exhausted after all that running around and burning excess energy.
The CrossFit Kids sessions are available at Cockburn and Canning Vale to kids aged six to 14 for a ten-week term plus a holiday program. The classes are designed for the developmental requirements of kids and teens and include agility, balance, speed, coordination, strength and flexibility. Similar to the group fitness session, the CrossFit Kids sessions incorporate engaging games and exercise along with group work. The classes are run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, and for kids aged 12 and over, the sessions are run on Tuesday afternoon and Saturday mornings.
Roar Fitness 247 in Canning Vale and Cockburn each have crèche facilities if you have younger children who are unable to participate in the classes. Parents and siblings can also spectate, a sneak in a workout of their own while the kids run around. There is also a café and a heap of other fitness facilities for parents.
These fitness classes are a great way to introduce kids to new forms of exercise, get moving and develop lifelong habits around fitness and exercise. You can find more information at the Roar Fitness 247 website www.roarfitness247.com.au