The 22nd annual Arnold Sports Festival, named after California Governor and former Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger, featured Ramona’s CrossFit Kids.
CrossFit Kids in Ramona was the only children’s fitness program in the nation invited to demonstrate its CrossFit Kids exercise program at the sports festival, held in Columbus, Ohio, on March 4-7.
The event hosted more than 18,000 athletes competing in 44 sports and fitness events.
CrossFit Kids is a program designed to combine strength training with running and agility exercises while the kids have fun. Making the workout fun can help the kids stay with it and will allow them to grow up with a healthy lifestyle while developing proper exercise mechanics, said Todd Rakos, one of the program’s instructors.
During the national event, the young participants were timed on how quickly they could go through an obstacle course consisting of several stations such as gymnast rings, a pull-up bar, bear crawling through cones and climbing a cargo net. More than 1,200 youngsters signed up, with many of them returning to go through the course again and again.
“There is nothing more competitive than a 10-year-old girl gymnast,” said Rakos. “They would come back every 20 minutes and look at our leader board to see if anyone had beaten their time. If so, they’d go again.”
For more information on CrossFit Kids, visit www.CrossFitBrandX.com.