Starting young: Young Athletes provides solid foundation

There’s CrossFit for kids and CrossFit for adults — but there is also a class aimed at those who fall in between, called Young Athletes.

The program, aimed at those age 13 and older, focuses on increasing physical competence in 10 fitness domains: cardio and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Whether a child has previous experience in athletics or not, Young Athletes is designed to help them establish healthy lifestyle habits and lead more active lifestyles. The hope is that they will realize fitness can be fun while also developing a positive self-image.

Reise Waldorf, 15, began the program two years ago.

“Along with gaining strength from this program, I’ve also gained stability and mental toughness,” she said. “I really like how hard the coaches push me because even though it hurts at times, I know I’m just getting better.”

For Trappier Botz, 17, this is the first year in the program.

“The coaches help me with the intent of what my needs are and they focus on making sure I’m doing the lift right so I don’t hurt myself,” he said. “They also are there to push you which I think is a great thing.”

Kelly Waldorf, Reise’s mother, is a member of Crossfit Repo herself and enjoys that fitness is something her daughter is passionate about.

“As a mom of girls, our main goal in raising them is to ensure they have confidence,” she said. “They need to know they can do anything they set their mind to. CrossFit has given her this confidence and it has been pretty incredible to watch..Yes, it has been beneficial physically, but the mental and emotional growth that comes along with it is the best part.”

Kelly says she has seen her daughter’s dedication to her physical health reach other areas in her life, too.

“You know the quote, ‘How you do anything is how you do everything?’ That is Reise,” Kelly said. “She not only works hard in the gym, she works hard in all aspects of her life. I honestly believe that concept started in the gym for her and gradually spilled over into all other areas of her life.”

The next Young Athletes cycle begins Monday, June 11 and continues through Friday, August 24. Classes are at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pricing is $485 for four times per week or $375 for three times per weeks. Group rates are also available. For more information, contact Corey Streich at

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