The challenge of getting fit can literally be child's play

Children who are six years old and above can join a beginners' CrossFit class at Innervate Fitness in Bendemeer. Participants in this year's The Straits Times Run can try a session on June 17 as part of the event's build-up programme.
Children who are six years old and above can join a beginners' CrossFit class at Innervate Fitness in Bendemeer. Participants in this year's The Straits Times Run can try a session on June 17 as part of the event's build-up programme.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ INNERVATEFIT

The idea of doing deadlifts and squats with your child might not really sound like family bonding.
 

But at Innervate Fitness in Bendemeer, a CrossFit class for beginners welcomes children aged six and above, and participants in this year's The Straits Times Run can try a session on June 17 as part of the run's build-up programme.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning workout that typically sees participants using equipment such as kettlebells and barbells and doing bodyweight exercises like squats and lunges.

Capped at 30 participants, the family-friendly class will be held at Innervate from 10am to 11am. Beginners will be introduced to basic CrossFit movements and guided on how to perform them safely.

"In the beginner class, we focus more on teaching them the moves and correcting their form," said Innervate representative Moses James. "It is slow-paced so they learn in a safe environment."

While adults use light weights such as a 3kg medicine ball and lift broomsticks in place of barbells to practise their form, children are taught simple bodyweight exercises through games.

  • ST RUN ACTIVITIES TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • Registration for the CrossFit beginner and advanced classes is now open to all ST Run participants.

    If you have not registered for ST Run 2018, visit www.straitstimesrun.com to do so and add CrossFit activity as you complete your registration.

    Successful registrants pay only $5, which will go to the ST School Pocket Money Fund. Please arrive at the venue 30 minutes prior to your session.

    JUNE 17: CrossFit session at Innervate Fitness

    JUNE 23: Healthy cooking workshop with Hed Chef Hedy Khoo and instructors from Cookyn Inc

    JULY 22: Cardio three-way programme of Assault Air Bike, Ergo Rower and VersaClimber at TripleFit

    AUG 18: 15km sunset run

    SEPT 8: Yoga along the waterfront

"The kids learn through play. We incorporate the fitness element into games to teach them the correct form and keep them engaged," said James, 29.

Using dodgeball as an example, he added: "Those who get hit by the ball will have to step out and maybe do some squats before they can join the game again."

But fitness enthusiasts familiar with CrossFit can challenge themselves further by signing up for the advanced class, where they use more equipment and engage in team training.

The 30-strong class will be held from 8.30am to 9.30am on June 17. Participants must be 18 and above.

"The advanced class draws on team dynamics and camaraderie. We'll give the group a set of exercises to complete and each person will do some," said James.

"No one is fantastic at everything. This team concept lets them think about who can do which exercise better and delegate accordingly, which makes the workout more fun and interactive."

Building strength is the main benefit of the workout, he added.

"You get stronger by pushing your limits in a group workout setting, drawing motivation from the like-minded people around you."

The build-up to the sixth instalment of the Sept 23 ST Run will feature a range of fitness and lifestyle activities geared towards getting participants ready.

The CrossFit sessions follow the Bounce Fit class on May 5 that saw 40 participants torching calories while having fun on the trampoline.

Both activities emphasise the theme of having fun while training for the run, which is key to making exercise routines stick.

Apart from CrossFit sessions, there will be a healthy cooking class at Cookyn Inc on June 23 and a cardio three-way session at TripleFit on July 22.

Natalie Choy

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'The challenge of getting fit can literally be child's play'. Print Edition | Subscribe