The other day I was busy putting a dumbbell rack together in the garage when my oldest daughter (7) asked if her and her friend could play on the rings. Next thing I know she wrote this on my white board and explained to her friend (who was now looking like she was about to bolt back home any second!) that this was their workout for the day. She asked me for my phone to use as a timer, set up some medicine balls for “kixs”, blasted some Scooter on the iPod, and they were off.
I pretended to be super busy with my little project so I didn’t interfere, but I just about teared up at the sight. I realized that although sometimes they wait (or whine!) at the garage door while I’m finishing up a workout, they are actually inspired. They are not just told, but SHOWN that fitness is a vital part of our family.
Just another reason to embrace your garage gym, workout in front of your kids, show them some basic movements, let them “play” (supervised, of course!) with your gym equipment, set up some weekend or after school CrossFit kids workouts to do as a family, and get them excited about being fit. Although it starts mostly as play for them it lays a foundation for the rest of their lives. Before you know it they’ll be asking for a pull-up bar and a kettle bell from Santa!
Now, go do this WOD with your kids, grandkids, nephews or nieces. Don’t forget to “dance however you want.”