Every week, Brad and Angela Adkins, who both teach and coach at LJHS, hold a Workout Wednesday to keep the girl athletes active and motivated. However, this particular Wednesday, the girls were challenged by CrossFit Derailed owners Lee Getter and Kyle Key who gave the seventh and eighth graders a free CrossFit workout session.
“We always start our Workout Wednesdays with a two-mile run on the road beside the school, and the girls are challenged to beat their time each week,” Angela said. “... Then, we come in and do different strength training and agility exercises. Today, CrossFit Derailed is here showing us some CrossFit movements using medicine balls.”
During the summer, the girls work out from 9 until 11 a.m. each Wednesday, which will change to 3:30 until 5 p.m. when school starts again this fall. Angela also mentioned Workout Wednesdays are not only free for the students, but that the invitation is also free and open to any parent and teacher who would want to attend the workout sessions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” The best ways to combat the effects of being overweight or obese are eating healthy and adopting good exercise habits.
“They wanted to show the girls that CrossFit is for anyone of any age and ability, just to give them some more ideas on exercises they could do to keep it fun. With kids this age, we want to show them that exercise can be fun and challenging,” Angela said. “With childhood obesity at an all time high, I just feel it’s really important to teach these girls healthy habits, not stressing weight but stressing a healthy lifestyle.”
After their morning run, the 12 girls gathered in the center of the gym, each one with her own medicine ball. What seemed at first to be a small challenge quickly escalated into a 20-minute workout that had the young athletes sweaty and exhausted. But, Key and Getter were there motivating the girls and showing them the correct techniques with each exercise.
“We just want to get the county involved and become a healthier place. We’re the worst in obesity in the state, so we just want to show what CrossFit is and get it out to the public, especially the youth and get them involved in something that’s fun,” Key said. “We want to spread it out. ... We’re just trying to get it out as much as we can, just slowly introducing it.”
CrossFit Derailed has certified coaches present at every class, and the ages currently range anywhere from nine years old to 60. The gym also requires a two-week fundamental class for individuals who have never participated in CrossFit before, where it introduces the nine fundamental movements in order to prepare first-timers before entering a regular CrossFit class.
The most important factors in CrossFit, according to Key, are form and technique, particularly when weights are involved.
“We will correct form and technique, and we emphasize starting with less weight and build. As your technique improves, then that’s when you start building the weights,” Key said. “... CrossFit is a combination: you’ve got strength, you’ve got endurance training, you’ve got gymnastic movements and then flexibility. All of those parts play an important role.”
CrossFit Derailed class times are Monday through Friday at 5 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. There is a supervised child area available at both the 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. classes during the week.
For more information about CrossFit Derailed and membership prices, contact Key or Getter at (205) 295-5204.
CrossFit Derailed is located at 1910 4th Ave. West in Jasper.