Here’s How You Get 100 Teen Girls into the Gym

January 2, 2019 by
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Some backstory.

Tia Sapienza is a coach at CrossFit Florian in Norwood, MA. She also coaches softball locally, and three years ago she had an idea. She wanted to get her softball girls into CrossFit Florian for some strength and conditioning. So, she brought ten or so girls in to train with her.

They loved it.

So much so that they came back. And they brought their friends. Now, Tia runs the CrossFit Florian teen program with more than 100 girls from seventh to twelfth grade, three to four times a week based on the sports season.

And the teen program is still growing.

“Every session, as new girls join, watching the transformation unfold is incredible,” Tia wrote in an email. “They are nervous to walk in the doors, nervous for what the whiteboard says, nervous to partner with someone they don’t know, and nervous to even speak in front of others. A few short weeks later, they are the ones encouraging the next group of new athletes to do the same.”

More than just a fitness class.

Tia makes sure she gets the girls to see how the strength and discipline of CrossFit transfer to other areas of their life. She brings in her sister to teach them Yoga and also a friend who teaches Zumba. They host paint nights for the girls to paint inspirational messages and taken them on field trips to Boston to run the stairs at Harvard. “I try really hard to expose them to all sorts of fitness, not only Crossfit! Our most wonderful night is their goal setting night, that we do around New Years each year and focus on goal setting activities and strategies and determining their individual core values.”

The program is still growing, and Tia has the full support of the staff at CrossFit Florian. She says this whole experience has been more than she ever anticipated. “This program has been a dream come true in the making. I set this as a goal years ago and never expected this is what it would turn out to be, but here we are!”

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