Iron Fury CrossFit teaches kids that exercise can be fun

Raleigh County

According to, West Virginia is currently ranked ninth in the country for childhood obesity. 

CrossFit Iron Fury in Beckley is working to change that.

Hand-stands, box jumps and donkey kicks, are just a few of the exercises that trainer, Madison Todd, teaches kids during camp at  Iron Fury CrossFit in Beckley.

“The little ones are learning how to climb things, how to push themselves up and different movements,” Todd said. “They have really surprised me with how well they have learned the CrossFit movements.”

Todd said kids do not get enough exercise on their own anymore.

“With todays generation, kids are more into video games, more into watching TV, and they sit around and we’re seeing more and more inactive and unhealthy children,” said Todd. “It’s so important while their bodies are growing to be active.”

That is why she is trying to make exercise fun by incorporating games and obstacle courses.

“Working out doesn’t have to be a horrible task, it can be fun for them,” said Todd.

The games are a huge hit with the kids. Campers, Kelty Daniels and Waylon Vanover, said their favorite game to play at camp was something called, ‘pizza tag.’

“You hold those black things that look like little pizza boxes and you try to tip them over,” said Vanover. “You have to do three burpees to get back in.”

The last day of camp is August 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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