CrossFit Kids is not simply a scaled down version of CrossFit, it is designed for a very special population – Kids
What does that mean?
Kids need to… push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift, jump regardless of whether or not they play athletics. Many parents that want their kids to grow up healthy, strong and have a life long love of working out thus avoiding the common problems associated with childhood inactivity and obesity. It is very important at this stage of development to teach kids functional movements and how to do them correctly and safely before putting them under load with weights.
It is also very important that we have FUN! We will be doing tons of games and drills for the kids.
What age groups will you have?
In the beginning we are going to have one class with all ages, as more students join, we will likely break the classes up into multiple age groups. Kids will be doing things such as jump rope, air squats, agility drills, hand stands and weight lifting movements with PVC pipes. Older kids will be doing those movements and using some weight as they get more experienced. Older teens can do the standard CrossFit programming or a modified version.
It is important to understand that these age ranges are just estimates. It depends on the coordination, flexibility and maturity of each individual kid to determine which level they will be working at.
CrossFit Kids (ages 5 – 11)
CrossFit Teens (ages 11 – 16+)
CrossFit Older Teens / Athletic Conditioning Program (16 and up)
What does a workout look like?
You can go to the main CrossFit Kids site to see some WODs for the kids. But here are a few that the CrossFit Kids may do…
5 Bear crawl U pattern
15 Dumbbell squat cleans, 5-8#
As Many Rounds as Possible in 12 minutes
6 Power cleans, PVC
9 Push ups
12 Side to side hops
Run/Walk a mile
What do you teach them about nutrition?
Our goal is to teach them very basic concepts, sugar is bad, protein is good and you need to eat some in every meal. Nuts and seeds are good fats. Eat them, don’t avoid them. Pasta, white bread, and white rice are not that good for you, stuff that’s red, yellow, green and found in the fruit and vegetable aisle is good for you. Eat a lot of it.
When are you starting the program?
We are going to do some limited classes beginng Spring/Early Summer to get ramped up and hope to launch for more kids in the Summer. Let Justin know if you know kids who would be interested in participating.
Workout of the Day
Behind-the-neck Push Press