At Viking CrossFit, adults aren't the only exercisers. In addition to typical CrossFit workouts, trainers also lead classes for kids. This version of CrossFit offers the same benefits of typical routines?strength, endurance, and overall fitness?but at a level that's safe and appropriate for different ages, including those as young as 4 years old.
As a high-school-athletics coach that engaged in a wide variety of workout systems, Crossfit Cedar Ridge owner Doug Meacham found the CrossFit method was a natural fit. Instead of engaging in numerous exercise routines to meet optimal results, he could obtain the same results with the ever-changing and intense daily workouts of CrossFit. It’s a system that uses functional movements, training the body to be ready for all physical activities—from the athletic to the quotidian. He and his team of trainers teach the system in a group setting that fosters camaraderie as well as a sense of commitment to each other and their goals.
There are two things that a newcomer notices about CrossFit XSI: how hard the exercises look, and how much fun the exercisers are having. The reason behind both those observations comes from the trainers who lead athletes of all fitness levels through intense, full-body exercises. They structure the workouts around a variety of movements, all of which can be scaled to accommodate all levels, and they encourage a camaraderie among students that keeps people coming back.
Attending CrossFit Lehi?s group Crossfit classes doesn?t mean you don?t get one-on-one attention. In fact, the goal of the certified coaches is to tailor each Workout of the Day to each participant, giving them a challenging workout based on their fitness level and abilities. The coaches also offer classes for women only, and their special classes help kids as young as 5 improve their gross motor skills, including balanced running. The coaches focus on conditioning high school athletes as well.
In olden days, people showed off their strength by jousting or flexing their mustaches. But at Maverik Man Games, both men and women prove their mettle with less violent feats of strength, such as launching a fellow teammate from a giant slingshot. Designed for individuals as well as teams, the competition encompasses up to 10 challenges, which range from showcasing your basketball-shooting skills to wrestling pigs into a barrel. Along with its land-bound activities, Maverik Man Games includes a variety of aqua-centric events, such as a giant rope swing and human slingshot.
Held over two days, the eccentric decathlon takes about two to three total hours to complete. Participants that place in the top three overall or for each challenge are rewarded with cash and prizes. And, all participants are likewise rewarded at the end of the circuit with tasty food, and live music.
David Goodwin’s back pain was so severe that he couldn’t bend over to sit on the floor and play with his kids. In his search for relief, he stumbled upon a CrossFit class. As he returned again and again for four months, he found that each week his pain was less than it had been the previous week. The results saved playtime with his kids and compelled him to complete his training certifications for CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance.
Today, David works at Hermes CrossFit, where he and several other CrossFit Level 1–certified trainers guide exercisers of all fitness levels through CrossFit’s workout of the day. The routines incorporate a changing hodgepodge of bodyweight, gymnastic, Olympic lifting, plyometric, and dragon-tickling exercises that classes of students complete quickly and intensely.