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CrossFit Kids: Is it safe?

There is a new way for kids to stay active in Central New York. The CrossFit craze has now caught on with children.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - There is a new way for kids to stay active in Central New York. The CrossFit craze has now caught on with children.

For 11-year-old Gabriella LaBarge, her CrossFit Kids class combines fitness and fun.    “I think it's easy for me, because that's all the stuff that I’m into,” LaBarge said.

At the core of the workouts is increasing endurance, speed and balance. At CrossFit DeWitt, the intensity depends on the kid.    

Joe Commisso works at the DeWitt location, he said, “Adults are more high intensity, kids just because who they are, we don't push hard. We aren't here screaming at them, we let them move at their own pace.”

No two CrossFit workouts are the same, so parents say one advantage is their kids don't get bored with the workout.

But how far are kids being pushed?   It has raised concerns among some Doctors.  But Dr. Bradley Raphael, who specializes in sports medicine,  says parents and kids just need to communicate.

Dr. Raphael says CrossFit offers clear benefits for kids, especially strengthening their hips and core, which can help with development.

“It’s really just a more organized, structured, playground activity. There is a role for that, especially in the day and age where kids are more indoor activity, video game related,” Raphael said.

CrossFit Kids is a national program. The 50-minute class is held Tuesday and Thursday nights at CrossFit DeWitt. Click here for more information.

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