Kids Fitness Testimonials
Aaron Edwards, General Manager and Dad
We’ve just been disscusing with our boys how they feel about CrossFit Auckland and I must say, writing this can’t compare to seeing their expressions of joy and laughter… Hirini is (box) jump’n over everything and TeRangi is deadlifting everything. What makes it even better is that as a CrossFitter myself I can relate to what and how they do it, which as a dad is so cool!
Our two boys (aged 9 & 11) have been attending CrossFit Auckland Kids for a year. Over this period of time we have noticed significant developments in fitness, confidence and health. The boys always comment on the satisfaction they get out of CrossFit Kids and the joy of being coached by Alex. The different skills our boys have learnt has definitely given them more confidence to try different tasks. Knowing they have a great environment at CrossFit Kids makes it alot easier for them to give things a go. Being an active CrossFit member as well makes workouts a lot more competitive in our household with regular talks about what WOD was done for the day.
We would totally recommend CrossFit Kids to any parent. Thanks Alex, Lisa and staff.
The last few years we have tried a number of sport activities with our kids (two boys age 9 and 10). It was always the same story, they reused to go anymore and we’d stop. It is the complete opposite with CrossFit Auckland. The boys have never ever not wanted to go. They are disappointed when they cannot go, like during the holidays.
Alex, the boys coach, is the one who makes it always new and fun. They learn discipline and build physical strength and endurance in a fun and playful way. Never have I heard the word “boring”. I am very happy they learn to use their body in a correct way. They are shown proper form of how to do exercises which is wonderful because they can build on that for the rest of their lives.
A stong body shows a strong mind. Eventually the only competition is with ones self. A great thing to learn at a young age!
Thank you Alex, Lisa and Antoinette.
Olivia Williams (age 11)
I like CrossFit Auckland Teens because it is a lot of fun but at the same time it also gets you fit! It gives you a chance to use different or new equipment and use them in lots of different ways. CrossFit with Alex is lots of fun as you get encouraged to try lots of different things in a fun environment, I have also got to know lots of new people which is also fun. Alex sometimes gives us homework to do over the week which is sometimes hard but I feel a sense of achievement once I have done it.
I am a competitive swimmer and CrossFit has helped me with my Swimming. It has made me more explosive off the blocks, helped me swim longer distances and I have become faster. CrossFit Auckland Teens allows you to meet new people that have the same desire as you… to get fit, and be the best you can be at your sport. I think that CrossFit is a great opportunity and that everyone should give it a go.
We enrolled Olivia in CrossFit Auckland Teens as we wanted some land based training that would help Olivia’s swim training. We were also looking for something that would increase her physical ability in sports outside swimming as we felt she needed something else besides 5 two hour swim sessions a week.
Olivia is in her second term of CrossFit and we have seen her meet all her swimming goals as her overall fitness has improved, as well as her self confidence in sports outside swimming. Olivia’s overall strength and flexibility has increased as well as her attitude towards other sports. Olivia when asked if she wanted to continue CrossFit Auckland Teens for the last term of 2010 responded “heck yeah!”
The team at CrossFit Auckland is fantastic with teens and we have no hesitation in recommending CrossFit Auckland Teens for all teens looking to improve their sporting ability, confidence and overall attitude.
Joe started with CrossFit in March 2009 at age 12 with the specific objectives of improving his stamina, strength and fitness to support his performance for school and North Harbour representatives at hockey and cricket. Joe loves his personal coaching sessions and looks forward to the new challenges presented each week. I believe that the one on one coaching sessions have directly led to Joe being recognized as a North Harbour U13 representative for hockey and for his appointment prior to injury to the North Harbour A cricket team.
Joe’s cricket coach has acknowledged that Joe puts 100% into his fitness training to the point where he would win the CrossFit PUKIE award! We encourage this! Last week Joe was the first in his year to finish the Round the Bays run in 46 minutes– long distance running is not something we have targeted but the lessons he has learned at CrossFit Auckland have facilitated his ability to beat not just his class mates but his teachers.
Since Joe joined CrossFit Auckland his older brother Bobby Mayes (aged 17) and I have joined the Class Workout programme. We strongly recommend CrossFit Auckland to everyone irrespective of age, fitness or location.
Lisa Dibbayawan, Mother
William began CrossFit in February 2010 as part of the CrossFit Auckland Teens programme. William has both dyslexia and dyspraxia and began the programme with poor core strength and week physical fitness. The changes have been dramatic.
Academically, William has been able to focus better in class, organize himself and his items, and achieve mostly A’s in the first term report. Physically, William traditionally finishes last in the yearly cross country competition. This year, he was able to finish the race, without stopping, with another 15 students behind him. He does enjoy sport, but due to his dyspraxia, struggles with normal co-ordination activities. During cricket this season he scored the team’s 3rd highest run score and began regularly taking wickets. It has been remarkable the change in his ability to concentrate, focus, and co-ordinate during sports.
And to my surprise, after each session, whether it be a group CrossFit Auckland Teens session or a private coaching session, he is on a high. He loves it. I believe the change in his ability is due to CrossFit’s focus on core strength and co-ordination activities, linking the right and left brain functions. I have now begun personal coaching at CrossFit Auckland myself – it looks like too much fun.
After an injury start to Rachel’s netball session in 2009 and the recovery that went with it, we looked at options to improve her fitness. She was 12, very sporty and was playing School Netball and Hockey for the respective top teams in her age group. Combined with Club Netball and being selected for the Netball North Harbour Y8 Representative Squad there wasn’t a great deal of ‘Me Time’ between game and practice commitments.
On a recommendation from a team mate, Rachel began a Personal Training session with the lovely Emma that fitted into her busy schedule. Although she found it hard to start with, each week as different and as the year went on enjoyable. She recognized in herself she felt much better. She had much more energy and was playing netball so much better.
Teenagers have no idea about how important core strength is to their physical being and their sports. Rachel also grew 5 inches in the year and her body shape changed as she became a teenager. The fitness helped this process also.
At the end of the winter session people were saying how much her netball had improved.
When it came to the summer season with less sport commitments she also added a CrossFit Teen session to her routine (doing two actual fitness sessions in a week). During the end of the winter season and the summer term of Netball both the coaching staff at Kristin school and the Development Manager for Netball North Harbour said ‘Whatever Rachel is doing for her fitness – keep it up – as it has improved her playing ability out of sight.’
Rachel was asked to trial in early 2010 for the Netball North Harbour Performance Centre. She was ecstatic to be asked to join this select group after the trials and the commitment that goes with it.
We firmly believe CrossFit is what singly made the difference to her overall fitness that has allowed her to be selected into the Performance Centre and will continue to do what sessions are needed to maintain her fitness for her sporting commitments.