CBSLA.com March 3, 2014:
I came across this news video about children doing a workout plan called Crossfit is an intense style of working out where the exercises focus on movements of high repetition and a jumping, pushing, running style of cardio. The trainers at the CrossFit gym feel that this work out is perfectly okay for children to do and that it does not harm their bodies or the development of their bodies. They assure that proper weights are distributed for the children and that this is a healthy lifestyle choice.
I think this directly relates to the physical aspect of child development. The body is still developing and growing all throughout childhood. Forcing these children’s bodies to lift weights and push themselves to the limits I feel is detrimental to their growth. Also when considering how intense this work out can be on children and pushing them into these competitive mindsets so early on. The article said children are starting this work out at as early as five years old. Children staying active as they grow is extremely important and encouraging healthy lifestyles, but I think having children lifting weights and pushing their bodies way farther than they would in natural free play is not healthy or what the body can handle.
My main concern with this idea is the age of which they allow children to do such intense training. At five years old a body is still so underdeveloped and stunting the growth of a child is a high possibility if we overstrain and overwork them. I would recommend having this kind of work out at least be required to wait until the later teenage years when the body has become stronger and already gone through growth spurts.