Friday, January 26, 2018

Healthy Teens are Happy Teens!

What you don't see in this picture is the grueling workout these high school students just completed with our friends over at Snake River CrossFit (shout out to SRCF).  Each round of 2 minutes started with two rounds of Cindy, as a buy-in, followed by a max set of clean and jerks.  They got to rest a whopping 2 minutes and then repeated this cycle another 4 times.  You really wanted to leave a minimum of 30-45 seconds left for the barbell work, which means some blazing fast rounds of Cindy.  What I find fascinating about this generation is that they actually enjoy the work! Yep, I said it, teenagers like to do hard work.  Maybe the problem was never the so called "lazy teen," maybe the problem was the archaic methods that seem to persist in physical education programs, globo-gyms, and other conditioning programs around the world (I feel like I can say this, because I taught PE, did personal training at several gyms, and coached both basketball and football so I am just as guilty). Maybe we just need to re-think things, implement sounds methods of training like CrossFit, and then watch kids have fun and get fit at the same time?  Go ahead, try it, it works, and I couldn't be happier with the results!~