The fall sports season is heating up, but children who don’t want to focus on one sport don’t have to be left out. CrossFit, which is often called the sport of fitness, can be a way to introduce exercise to a child without committing to a specific sport.
Abbey Mortemore opened Black Swamp CrossFit with her husband in 2012. Because she likes working with children, she took the extra step of earning a separate certification to run Kids CrossFit. Black Swamp, which is in Sylvania, is the only Northwest Ohio location that has a Kids CrossFit program.
Kids CrossFit is not a scaled-down adult class. It is a 45-minute workout specially designed for kids ages 5 to 12 that incorporates strength training and conditioning. Each workout includes an explanation of the whole workout, warm up, special skills and the workout of the day.
Like adult CrossFit, each workout session is different, and the kids have input into their workout. Unlike adult classes, the kids get popsicle breaks. Teens can attend an adult class, but have a slightlytly different workout.
Children that participate in CrossFit develop a level of overall fitness that is a great foundation for good health and can supplement sport-specific training. CrossFit’s focus on constantly varying workouts means less boredom and less risk of repetitive stress injury.
“We’re just here to get them moving and get into a lifelong habit of fitness,” says Mortemore.
“They don’t see it as exercise, and that’s the point. We’re like a cool gym class. We make it safe, and we make it fun.”
Fall classes will take place Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Saturdays at noon. $60 for the first child for a monthly membership; each additional child per family is $30. Black Swamp CrossFit,
7335 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-343-2434.