In a warehouse off Virginia Avenue, kids bear crawl, crab walk and squat their way to fitness twice a week at CrossFit Annapolis.
"We try to make everything a game so they associate working out with fun," Kids Trainer Nicole Ryan said. "We follow the same format as the adult classes so the kids do a warm-up, a skill and the workout of the day."
But the adult workouts don't often end with a game of dodgeball.
CrossFit emphasizes over all fitness by combining combining gymnastics, weightlifting and cardio into daily workout routines that Ryan said are always different.
"Sometimes kids over train in one area if they play sports, so this keeps them fit and strong for the sports they play outside of here," Ryan said.
The idea for CrossFit Kids came about when the staff's own children showed an interest their parents' workouts routines. She said a light bulb went on that they could modify these routines for children, and CrossFit Kids was born in May 2012.
The year-round classes are for kids ages 5 to 10, and each one lasts half an hour. About 12 to 15 kids attended each class in the beginning, but Ryan said class size has shrunk since the school year ended. She said some of the parents send their kids to summer camps or have left on family vacations.
Classes are Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Ryan said the first kids class is free.
One day a week is $50 per month for non-members and $30 per month for members. Two days a week is $95 per month for non-members and $50 per month for members.