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Posted: 22 December 2008 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Good to hear Radio.

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Posted: 23 December 2008 02:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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That’s awesome!

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Posted: 23 December 2008 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Great to hear and love the picture!!

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Posted: 23 December 2008 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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He will always remember the fun, not the sweat. Good job, RS! Keep us posted on how the exercise and the Rugby go.

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Posted: 04 January 2009 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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This is great advice!  Although I don’t have kids of my own, I teach and I coach a Special Olympics team of children who have Downs Syndrome and Autism.  (You think you have reluctant athletes?)  I can definitely use these tips.  I try to give them options or choices in their workouts so that they feel like they are in control and not being forced into exercising.  They all try so hard and gain such confidence in the little things like winning a race, gaining in their broad jumps, or learning how to jump rope (think small victories).  I try to vary the movements to accomodate short attention spans so I could use some more simple movements to do with them.

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Posted: 04 January 2009 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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RS, I have a 5, 7 and 8 year old. I think having more than 1 kid around is helpful. I have my kids race each other. Running, backward running, galloping, skipping. They make it a fun compition. So far there has not been any poor sports, though there is a little cheating. I also have the neighborhood kids coming by and joining in. Broadjumps, hanging for time from the pullup bar, jumping pullups. (No circus tricks) Point is, maybe a friend or 2 joining in and playing would help. Dad time is cool but kid time is also fun to mix things up.

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Posted: 04 April 2009 09:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Hello Mikki and Go_I, and everyone else that offered great advice-here’s an update: My son has been very interested in watching the garage gym come together, and I’ve happily let him monkey around with the parallettes, rings, medicine ball, etc.  I have absolutely stopped pushing it.

Out of the blue several weeks ago (after watching the mainsite CF Kids video) he asked me for a “W.O.N” (workout of the night).  I gave him a little obstacle course-no timers per your recommendation.  Since then, he has consistently asked for a “W.O.N.” and has also started to ask about lifting weights.  Doing my very best to maintain my composure and cool, I set him up with obstacle courses around the front yard/garage/block involving sprints, squats, hops, tennis balls thrown to a target, etc.  He eats them up.  He even designed one for his buddies yesterday involving a box jump, trampoline and bear crawls.

We did our first deadlifting the other night (with a closet pole):

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So, slow and steady, keeping it fun, supervising closely and safety first.  We’re having a blast.  Thanks again so much for your advice.

And p.s. yes that’s a CrossFit Kids/BrandX shirt.

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Posted: 04 April 2009 10:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Nice deadlifts RS junior.

Better than your old man’s pull-ups. wink

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Posted: 04 April 2009 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Nice! Keep keeping your composure. Looks like he’s more interested if you “don’t care” if he’s interested.  wink  Nice work!

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Posted: 08 April 2009 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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RS, Father of the Year!!! That is fantastic. Keep us posted. It makes me so happy to hear your news. cheese

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Posted: 08 April 2009 09:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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RS that is great news. I’m sure down deep inside you are just jumping for joy. Patience will pay off!

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Posted: 27 July 2009 07:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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RS
How did I miss this until now ?  Is he still enthusiastic ? The pictures are wonderful.
I likt the “WON” very original.
Recently went to “Toys Is Us” with my 3 year old great niece.
Their versions of things are better than ours most of the time.

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Posted: 20 September 2009 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Garddawg - 12 November 2008 03:22 PM

RS,
The Magazine is good.  Getting better everytime.  The last year has been absolutely incredible (more Cyndi, more Mikki, less Jeff ). wink I think Craig and Anita would vouch for the cert as well as being well worth the time and expense.  All that aside the idea is to pair fun and exercise.  Connor has always been at my side when I worked out.  Used to take him in a little carry all to the Karate school and when I ran I pushed him in a stroller.  As he grew up he wanted to do stuff with me.  I remember starting him in karate and the instructor pulled me aside and told me we should find something else for Connor to do as he was the worst student he had ever seen and had no talent.  We didn’t care, Connor loved karate so we just kept taking him.  He loved to run and as soon as he was old enough didn’t want to go in the stroller anymore.  He wanted to run.  So we would go out the door to run.  About a 1/2 mile in he would say he was tired and want to stop.  So we would stop and walk. 
Eventually I figured out he just wanted to do what I was doing.  Didn’t matter that he wasn’t good at it or it interrupted my workout.  It was fun for him.  5 minutes of running through the gym making up his own exercises and workouts was enough.  Eventually he took his black belt test in front of his former teacher.  The teacher said he had never seen a kid do the things Connor was doing, and of course y’all know what he’s like in CF. 

Our interpretation of fun is not a kids.  Although we probably would be a lot better off if it were.

This story is very inspirational!

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Posted: 07 October 2009 07:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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How did rugby go ? What about the summer ?
Is he still intersted in the garage gym ?
Need any fun ideas ?... I have more than I can contain..

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Posted: 07 October 2009 09:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Way Cool Radio….  I have similar problems when I try to instruct my 8 yo daughter, though she seems to listen more to the instructors at my local box.

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