Caring, sensitive, perfectionistic, and bright . . . these are the first words that come to mind when I think about Lillian. A founding participant of my classes, her earliest days required getting past her own ideas of perfection and feeling like she had to win. Interestingly, however, this didn't take very long. Perhaps it was the fun-focused format taught in the CrossFit Kids certification course, or even my low-pressure style as a coach, that lead to her to quickly shed her perfectionistic tendencies. But I'd venture a guess that the physical nature of a non-competitive fitness class where progress is celebrated by everyone is just as much a part of her success in coming to class to improve her skills and have fun.
Let me mention . . . Lillian is my daughter. And all the sweeter are her personal victories for that fact. Because where she could have compared herself to me or been concerned with my opinions of her progress, instead she set herself free. As a result, she has improved in strength and skill, and sets high standards in class.
My Q&A with Lillian (5th grade, 11-years old):
Q: What's your favorite subject? What do you like about it?
A: Social Studies. I like that it shows that life isn't just straight forward...there's different perspectives, and so much to discover.
Q: What’s your least favorite subject? What don’t you like about it?
A: Science. It doesn't excite me.
Q: If you gained superhero powers, what would they be…and how could you use them to make your life, those around you, or the world better?
A: Talk to animals...because it'd be fun.
Q: If you had a money tree and enough rain and sun to keep it healthy, how would you spend it?
A: I would donate to places in Africa to get fresh, clean water to people. I would also give it to the sick, injured, and homeless.
Q: Provided all opportunities possible, what’s your ideal adult career?
A: I'd enjoy being an author because I enjoy doing creative writing.
Q: Since beginning our kids fitness classes, what do you feel best about?
A: Just recently I completed a rope climb after many uncompleted attempts.
Q: What keeps you wanting to come to class again and again?
A: I like going to classes to keep my body strong and see encouraging faces. Everyone is so kind...it gives me support.
Q: What’s your current skill goal that you want to achieve?
A: Double-unders or improving my kipping pull-ups.
Q: If a friend was considering taking Kids in Motion, Kids Unplugged or Teens on the Move, why would you recommend they join?
A: It's a very friendly environment. It helps you grow stronger and achieve so many different things.
Lillian, you are a joy to have in class...both as a student and as a classmate. You've built your fitness all while helping make the classes fun. Thank you for giving each class your all.