Medical Minute: CrossFit Kids at Minot YMCA

MINOT, N.D. - Trinity Health and the Minot YMCA have a new workout class aimed at getting youngsters active.

The class is an extension of the North Plains CrossFit program, but it's specifically designed for children.

CrossFit Coach Brandon Foster said, “CrossFit Kids is all about them having fun while learning how to exercise. Our younger group, it's not to the point where they are like exercising for a sport, or to get fit. We are trying to teach them that exercising can be fun and it can be a part of a healthy life style."

The two classes are broken into age groups; the first ages 3 to 7 and the other 7 to 12. Both are structured around having fun and teaching exercise in a way that kids will understand.

“We start off with a warm up. There is basically kind of a question of the day. What's your favorite animal today? Or tell me something that you did today. Something to get them kind of being social a little bit and talking and interacting with new people. Then we will try and teach them something. We will try and teach them how to squat or press something overhead," said Foster.

Foster says while the younger class gets kids into exercising through games and activities, the older kids get a little more competitive.

“They come in here with a purpose now. There is a little bit of a sense of okay, I'm here to work out. And that's a really cool thing to see,” said Foster.

Each class is 25 to 30 minutes long and is a great way for kids to learn movement, gain social skills and get some extra energy out of their systems.

The classes are geared towards kids ages 3 to 12.

If you want to enroll your kid in CrossFit Kids head to Minot YMCA to sign up. The the next four-week session will begin in early February.