Jan. 25, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
A local gym is launching a fitness initiative for kids.
Crossfit Sunnyside, located at 47-01 Barnett Avenue, is about to offer crossfit classes for children ages five to 12.
The gym will host an open house to preview the program this Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m., offering a modified class to children and a chance for parents to learn more about the classes.
“Sunnyside is a great neighborhood with lots of families, so we thought it would be a great addition to the area,” said gym owner Michael Seewald. “We aim to give kids the opportunity to increase their fitness level while having fun.”
Crossfit Sunnyside opened just over a year ago, and has since grown to about 100 members. Many of its members are parents who have been asking about fitness classes for their children, Seewald said. “Tt seemed like a good next step for gym programing.”
The kids program will consist of “varied, functional movements,” according to Seewald. The exercises will be modified based on the skill and fitness level of the child.
Each class will involve a different workout routine to ensure that no child gets bored. Each exercise will allow the kids to use functional movements that they would do outside of the gym as well, such as running, throwing, pulling, pushing, climbing, lifting, and jumping.
“We are emphasizing proper form and technique so that the kids will ultimately gain confidence in the gym and outside of it,” Seewald said. “We want them to gain body awareness, coordination, and all the benefits we gain by doing exercise.”
Classes will be Monday and Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon and will run for 45 minutes. Each class will be capped at 10 kids in order to provide focused attention on each student.
A punch card of 6 classes is $90 per child, though a discount is available for buying multiple punch cards if you wish to enroll more than one child.
For more information visit http://crossfit-sunnyside.com.