It’s been said that anyone with a body can be an athlete. This appears to be the same philosophy at CrossFit Boro. CrossFit, a fitness program with constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, has gained its popularity ranging from professional athletes trying to stay in shape during the off-season to actors and actresses in Hollywood getting fit for new movie roles. Even business professionals and soccer moms find the time and energy in their busy schedule to train Olympic-style weightlifting and other physically demanding activities from the CrossFit regiment. The adult population is not alone in jumping on the fitness train; kids are boarding as well.
The Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County was originally approached by Doctors Michael Moore and Christina Gipson, both employees of Georgia Southern University and outreach coordinators and coaches at CrossFit Boro, who were interested in extending and tracking youth fitness in the community. This past April marked the end of the second year that CrossFit Boro allowed their facility and coaches to train the youth on proper fitness and nutrition education. Not only did the coaches provide physical instruction, they helped develop the kids mentally and implemented valuable character building life skills in their programming.
The end of the school year culminated in a Kid CrossFit Competition wherein students were divided into age groups and divisions. The prescribed weight of the equipment was scaled back for the children’s safety. There were a total of 12 participants and Statesboro’s Boys and Girls Club very own Tyshawn Mccrae placed 1st in his division. Doctors Gipson and Moore are both founders of the CrossFit Boro: Prepared for Anything Program. This is a nonprofit organization geared towards promoting health and fitness for a lifetime and leadership excellence within the community’s youth. They have worked with various youth groups including Pineland and our local Boys and Girls Club.