My husband and I have 4 kids, 14, 9 & 5 year old
twins. I had just retired from
Pottstown’s local Women’s Roller Derby team, my husband was looking to shed a
few pounds and my kids had outgrown the YMCA one at a time over the last few
years. This was the perfect time for
our family to look at a new kind of sport that we could all enjoy
together. Pottstown CrossFit peaked
our interest. Of course we all saw the CrossFit
Games and loved it! Every time we drive
up Hanover Street there are people of all ages, shapes and sizes doing all
kinds of fun looking things on the sidewalk like throwing balls at the walls,
jumping up onto high platforms, rowing.
We had to try it.
My twins and my 9 year old started in the kid fit
class. If the kids weren’t into it we
couldn’t let the Y membership go and make the switch. The
next day the rest of us tried it out. To
say it was love at first workout is an understatement. We were all hooked. My 14 year old has shed time off her mil…
Peter Driscoll is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and a
physical-education teacher at Hartland Elementary School in Hartland, Vermont.
He’s also the founder of HES CrossFit, which operates out of a transformed
kindergarten classroom in the school. The affiliate is helping the school’s K-8
students gain strength and confidence through the integration of CrossFit into
their daily lives. Driscoll explains that when he brought research to
principal Jeff Moreno “that showed him how movement positively impacted
cognitive capacity and academic performance,” Moreno decided to support
Driscoll’s efforts to build the program. As a result, what began as a small initiative with
six male students, some PVC pipes and a few kettlebells has grown into a
school-wide movement. Students now take exercise breaks throughout the day and
can choose to do CrossFit during recess or elective periods or after school
with their teachers and peers. “We believe in getting the kids out of their seats.
We believe in getting…