KIDS FITNESS TESTIMONIALS

CrossFit Auckland Kids GymMy son’s main sport is competitive swimming. Although he swims at a reasonable level, he thought that he was lacking power in the water. So he joined CrossFit Auckland’s programme for teenagers. He has been doing CrossFit for two school terms now and the results have been phenomenal. Not only did his fitness levels go up considerably (and he was already a very fit young man), his overall body strength increased after as little as half a term. His friends even noticed a difference and his swim coach started asking what else he was doing beside swimming. But the most noticeable benefits were his new personal best times. After two terms of doing CrossFit only twice a week, he has managed to swim very convincing personal best times in all the events he entered at the most recent competition.

My son’s confidence has grown since being involved with CrossFit Auckland because the coaches are amazing, encouraging and uplifting. I can recommend CrossFit Auckland to any young person, novice or experienced sportsperson, as a sport of its own or to compliment another sport. No excuse for not getting our teenagers involved in sport. Sessions are only 45 minutes long so the ‘no time’ excuse does not add up… My son is proof that CrossFit does work!

Jade is a primarily a music student but we believe it is important she participate in physical activity for a good life balance. Jade has been doing swimming lessons for a number of years but became stuck with freestyle in particular due to a quite obvious lack of stamina. She would go really well for a while then hit the wall, struggling for breath and stopping constantly. Since taking up CrossFit Kids about 6 months ago Jade has gone from strength to strength. Her times have improved to such an extent that she has moved up 3 groups in the last month alone. She is loving her swimming again and has just been asked by the local club to attend nationals next year (and who saw that coming!!). The change has been simply amazing. Jade has just turned 12 and is really enjoying her time at CrossFit Auckland and always looks forward to classes. It is not just the swimming though but overall fitness and confidence, seen in the fact that Jade went from well down the field in last year’s school cross country to 1st girl (whole school) and 4th overall this year. Amazing.

Thanks guys, you are awesome!

Cheers,
Maggie

CrossFit Kids and HockeyJaiden started CrossFit Kids a year ago. I have noticed a big improvement in his agility, stamina and fitness. I definitely think that going to CrossFit Auckland has helped in all sports. Carol

CrossFit Auckland Kids WeightliftingI wanted to say thank you to you and your team at CrossFit Auckland for your outstanding Teens programme. Henry is 15 and has only started at CrossFit Auckland Teens at the beginning of this term. We wanted to find something for him to compliment his Water polo training and this has been perfect.
We have already had comments from other parents in regards to his increased fitness, stamina and strength. Aside from these positives Henry really enjoys it and looks forward to his training sessions. He finds his coach very approachable and encouraging and thoroughly enjoys meeting new challenges and pushing himself further each time. Our only other comment is that he wishes he could come to training more often.

Your programme has not only made a difference to his strength and fitness but also to his confidence so thank you CrossFit Auckland Teens!

CrossFit Auckland Teens GymI see life in pictures and CrossFit is an Instagram collage – it’s a combination of cardio, strength and elements of gymnastics all in one framework.

Hi my name is Grace and I have been doing CrossFit Auckland Teens now for 3 years; my health, fitness, motor skills and confidence have improved significantly.

I like how enthusiastic Coaches Matiu and Dave are when teaching and training us teens. They make the workouts fun, giving us plenty of support and encouragement throughout the sessions.

The fitness and nutrition knowledge I’ve gained at CrossFit Auckland helps me in my role as a member of the school health committee. My goal is to raise awareness about and take action to change health issues that teenagers face by creating a ‘Greencard’ app. (still a work in progress). Teenagers use this card like a GPS, linking help and advice on health, fitness, bullying, drugs, drinking, teenage anxiety and depression. On route to support groups who offer healthy options, set personal goals and monitor the teenagers progress.

My ‘Greencard’ is linked to CrossFit Auckland because it’s my healthy option and I love being a citizen of this community.

CrossFit Auckland Kids FitnessMy son Anton started at CrossFit Auckland 6 months ago as a Junior Teen member. Anton does enjoy his main sport (Hockey) but is also very much a homebody who prefers a book (or a great many of them) or the iPad instead of going outside and kicking a ball. At first he was apprehensive as he only went to CrossFit as part of a deal with us parents to get him more active. I was fully prepared to get a sullen child back at the end of the class – but he had a big smile on his face instead.

Since then, every week he is looking forward to going, he even talked so much to his friends about it that 3 of them signed up last term as well.

For him the combination of building up some strength, being part of a group, having a coach (Dave) who is not only encouraging but who also makes the classes fun and the added bonus that it is not all about a workout but about having fun with a game (like dodgeball) at the end.

A fantastic side effect is that Anton’s flexibility has increased immensely. As a toe walker from a toddler age his muscles and ligaments have become very short/tight and squatting or lunging was near impossible for him. After going once a week to a CrossFit Auckland Teens class, Anton is now able to do both those things and is immensely proud of it.

He is now at a stage where he can move up to the Senior Teens and again, apprehension is having the upper hand at the moment but I am sure that the encouraging team of coaches will make sure he will leave every session feeling happy and with a sense of achievement!

CrossFit Kids and SportsBrianna and Courtney are junior teen CrossFit Auckland members. They have a love for sailing and recently went to Australia to compete in the Australian National Optimist Competition in Melbourne. All the best from Australia were there along with top NZ sailors. Both placed well in a field of 350+ sailors with Courtney taking out the 2nd Girl in Australia trophy. (Go Kiwi!)

To be competitive in their sport they require a good fitness level of strength, core, stamina and endurance to compete at a high level in a field mainly made up of boys. They are rigging boats at 8am, on the water shortly after and do not come in till late afternoon after racing all day. Joining CrossFit has allowed them to get Attitude. Attitude to learn to get stronger, learn fitness disciplines and acquire an attitude to push themselves hard. To push through exhaustion and dig deep even after hours out on the sea. We have a saying pre-race ‘Push hard like at CrossFit’ It’s a bit of a cycle. Sailing drives them for better fitness and better fitness drives them to want to be stronger competitors.

It is a crazy, fun and exciting time the girls are now in and enjoying every bit of it. Now even in their free time they make up their own bodyweight routines. Running, doing burpees, handstands all over the show, push ups, all on their own with no Dave to push them :). I have seen a big change in them since CrossFit Auckland. They now love to work out! Big thanks CrossFit Auckland for helping with this new attitude, helping them to grow a strength of body and spirit to strive to be the best they can be in their sport. Proud Mum – Julia.

Hi Lisa,

I just want to let you know about Kiera’s amazing CrossFit experience last week. Kiera has been having a rough time with friends at school lately as we all know 8 year old girls can be mean. I got called to see the principle last Tuesday after school as Kiera had been upset at school and the principle was worried about her. We had planned to go to CrossFit Kids that afternoon and I seriously thought of skipping it as Kiera was so down. Anyway we went and it was the best decision. Coach Antoinette welcomed us as usually with a big smile, Kiera loves her by the way.

Tuesday is not our usual day so Kiera knew none of the kids in the class and they were all a few years older. I could see her before the class looking nervous and scared. As soon as class started Coach Antoinette introduced Kiera and to the class by saying she was a great CrossFitter so to watch out. I could see Kiera’s face light up for the first time that day so proud that her coach thought this of her. During the class Kiera had fun she was cheered on by the other children and got her first ever double under.

As class finished Coach Antoinette insisted that Kiera ring the bell downstairs in front of all the big kids and write her name on the board. I just about cried, Kiera was beaming, she skipped out of the class, and spoke the whole way home about her great class and insisted on ringing anyone that understood what a double under was to tell them about it.
I love the fact that the children are treated the same as the adults celebrating their achievements and building that community at a very young age. To see Kiera learn that a bad day can be turned around by CrossFit, a great coach and an amazing community reminds me why I chose CrossFit Auckland and have not left despite living out west. All the coaches are amazing but what Antoinette builds up in those little ones hearts is amazing, and I thought you should know.

Thanks to all of you. I love this place more and more every day love Tash.

CrossFit Auckland Kids FitnessThe last few years we have tried a number of sport activities with our kids (two boys age 9 and 10