CrossFit Kids

What is CrossFit Kids?

CrossFit Kids focuses on teaching core fundamental movements to develop the child’s overall ability to move and function in various active environments.  It is not a watered down version of CrossFit for adults but a totally different design altogether.  This program is for girls and boys of all fitness levels and capabilities ages 8 to 11 years old and is designed to promote fun fitness through games, challenges, and relays.  Our program delivers a fitness that is broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing in one particular area of fitness, but covering all aspects of fitness.  We want to give kids a foundation that will set them up for success in fitness for life. Healthy living requires that our kids push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift, jump, effectively and safely regardless of whether or not they play sports.

What can I expect from this program?

Our Passion is to meet kids where they are physically and show them through the fun of fitness what they are capable of accomplishing.  In a safe and encouraging environment, kids improve balance, flexibility, coordination and agility.  They learn basic nutrition and fitness through various activities such as relays, team building, games and challenges.  No two workouts are the same and there are so many different variables within each session to keep them excited and interested.  The overall awareness of the body is increased and it is a great supplement to any discipline or sport.  Through accomplishment, self-confidence is enlivened, new friendships are made, and a sense of community is developed among the kids participating together.

CrossFit Kids Classes:

In a CrossFit Kids class, the structure of the class is unique in the flow and variation. CrossFits across the globe use whiteboards to communicate the workout of the day or WOD.  This is where the kids gather with the coach to go over the day’s fun activities and to prepare to start the class.  Typically there is a warm up, skill work, a workout, and then, we end with a fun game.  Although we have a general set up for the class, the approach will vary.  For example, we may play a silly game to warm up, the warm up may consist of relay races or the coach will even give the kids a chance to put together a warm up based on what they know and give them ownership in the class.  The skill work is always a functional movement that will be used in the WOD that day.  The kids go over it as a group and the coach is able to demonstrate the movement, allow the kids to learn and/or improve their technique, and practice together before applying it in the workout.  The games played in CrossFit kids are purposefully chosen/designed to enhance good sportsmanship, work well as a team or as an individual, to have patience with others when ability or age sets them apart from each other, and to be encouraging to those around them.  The games vary in style.  Some are classics with a “CrossFit twist” while others are designed not only to implement the physical skills that the kids learn, but to use their brains and ideas together to come up with strategies.  The age is usually 5-10, but sometimes it is better for kids on the older end of the spectrum to participate in a scaled down workout in the teen class depending on their level of skill and interest.

The exercises the kids learn include, but are not limited to, squat, overhead squat, press, thruster, push press, push jerk, deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, and hang power clean. The children will not use any heavy weights.  Occasionally, the kids will use 5lb dumbells and kettlebells or an 8 lb medicine ball which they roll across the floor.  Safety and proper form is our number one priority.  If any equipment is used, it is under the strict supervision of the coaches.  They will also learn many other skills such as handstands, forward rolls, cartwheels, tuck jumps, sit-ups, pull-ups, and a variety of other beneficial movements guaranteeing to give them a wonderful start for fitness!