Crossfit has become a growing trend for adults for the past several years, but the training regimen has also found a niche for Havasu children.
Christina and Shawn Loya have been members of Havasu’s crossfit community for about four years. They’ve owned and operated Increased CrossFit, on 2169 Swanson Avenue, for the past three. Their daughters are avid participants in the Loyas’ crossfit classes.
“We take all ages,” Shawn said. “We do gymnastic, cardio, core exercises - we teach exercises to better people in every area in their normal lives. The coolest thing I’ve seen is when people come in with knee or back pain, and that pain goes away. We’re helping people to grow spiritually as well as physically.”
The crossfit program focuses on constantly-varied, functional movements performed at high intensity to prepare exercisers for physical challenges. The varying exercises can be scaled toward specific goals, such as weight loss, muscle gain and other needs.
Increased CrossFit maintains a class specifically for children, modified for younger fitness enthusiasts. The gym currently has 11 members in its CrossFit Kids program.
“They do everything adults do, but modified for their age group,” said Christina Loya. “If they exercise early on, it will carry on into adulthood.”
According to the Loyas, the program is well-rounded, while teaching kids to maintain their natural mobility. Their exercises have been scaled to aid not only general fitness, but junior athletes who want to get better at their game.
“My favorite part is getting to work out with my friends,” said Riley Esau, 10. Esau has been attending crossfit classes at the Loyas’ gym since last week.
Ethan Ellis, 10, is also just beginning with Increased CrossFit. “I just like working out,” Ellis said.
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