What is Crossfit Kids? Is like regular Crossfit?
Crossfit Kids, while completely Crossfit by definition, is not just a scaled down version of our adult Crossfit classes. Crossfit Kids is specially designed and geared for children, with FUN at it’s heart. We will combine elements of gymnastics, body-weight calisthenics, and weightlifting elements to develop capacity in general fitness, as well as an additional focus on elements that encourage bone density and vestibular system development. Children have a unique opportunity to maximize their physical skills when exposed to this stimulus during years of peak development, and the elements are combined to keep children engaged and entertained, while teaching them proper movement mechanics and creating a broad athletic foundation. For Crossfit Kids, it is imperative to pair fitness and fun, thus creating a lifelong love of health and fitness for our children.
Is Crossfit Kids safe?
Yes! There is a wealth of scientific literature that supports the claim that strength and conditioning is not only safe but also beneficial for growing children. To be clear, we’re not talking about max lifts or pushing kids to exhaustion. Our first order of business is safety, and we focus on proper form. With our kids, we often times don’t ask them to use weights at all. We always privilege good movement over speed. When children move well consistently over time, they will eventually move faster safely.
Not only is the program safe, but it also has many benefits. There exists a strong correlation between physical activity and increased cognitive functions. Studies have shown this type of physical activity can improve a child’s capacity to process information and increase their attention span! In addition, our weekly impact loading exercises (box jumps, broad jumps, hops, burpees, etc) have been shown to increase bone density in children that lasts into adulthood!
Will my children be lifting weights?
In a short answer – not really. As adults, we gain strength through lifting heavy and experiencing hypertrophy. Children are very different. Due to their still-developing neuromuscular systems, children receive a training effect from sub-maximal efforts in weightlifting, and strength gains are primarily neurological. The focus then becomes about teaching them how to move their body in the best ways and stimulating their brain with a wide variety of stimuli. Therefore, in our program, positive adaptations will occur as the result of repetition rather than heavy loading. We will practice most movements completely unloaded, while some moves (such as our deadlift), will be performed at very light weight. The focus is always on form and perfect movement. As children progress into their teen years and their physical capacity for strength changes, they will build onto this pattern of perfect movement and begin to lift heavier weights as they show proficiency in movement.
What kind of training do your coaches have?
Ashlee, our Crossfit Wrath Kids coach, has been a member at Crossfit Wrath for almost 2 years and has passed both the L1 Crossfit Trainer course and the Crossfit Kids Trainer course. Ashlee worked in education for over 12 years, beginning by teaching preschool children, Pre-K and Kindergarten before finally moving into education administration. She has experience teaching children from birth through 6th grade, working with children with special needs, and currently home schools her two children. She has several hundred hours of education certifications, has completed a thorough background check, and is also Pediatric CPR/First Aid certified. Most importantly – she is passionate about children and helping set them up for success in their life! Your children are in EXCELLENT hands!
What does a typical class look like?
A typical class is 50 minutes long and will begin with a fun warm-up game. This might entail something like ‘Crossfit Kids Dodgeball’, ‘Human Hungry, Hungry Hippos’, or ‘Relay Races’. Next, we will work on our skill of the day and then practice that skill in another game. After this, we will move onto our WOD (workout of the day) where we will complete an obstacle course, partner game, or skill game. Finally, we will end class with another game to reinforce our skill work and revisit previous skills. We will stay busy and move the entire time!
Now, don’t assume that we are “just playing” (although play is important!). All of our skills and movement patterns are carefully programmed and good movement is established through these games – we just believe that learning should be fun!
Can my child do Crossfit Kids if they are involved in another sport?
Crossfit, by its very definition, is designed to increase overall health and athleticism. It’s broad, inclusive, and functional. This means it will translate to every part of their life, as well as any other athletic pursuits they may enjoy.
CrossFit Kids supplements a child’s involvement in sports by incorporating strength training and conditioning to make our CrossFit Kids better athletes at any sport. In addition to increasing their fitness and athleticism, CrossFit Kids instills a lifelong definition of health and positive body image, reverses prevalent health issues such as obesity, protects against injury, creates a community of like-minded individuals, hones life skills such as focus, perseverance, dedication, motivation, and goal setting.
The goal of CrossFit Kids is to provide the knowledge, ability, and skills, which will allow our youth to grow and mature, instilling the virtues of an active and healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
With that said, we do realize that overtraining can occur when children are competitively involved in other athletic endeavors. We are happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have with your child’s frequency of training and determine if Crossfit Kids is right during their particular training season.
What if my child is not athletic?
Crossfit Kids is for every child! It is infinitely scalable and inclusive. We believe every child can benefit from the program and we would love to show you how it can work for your child. We want to show them that staying healthy and physical activity is fun! If you have any specific concerns, we would love to talk to you about them and see how our program can assist your child in establishing a healthy foundation for their life.
What should my child wear?
We move a lot, so make sure your child has comfortable clothes that are conducive to rolling, flipping, hanging, squatting, and jumping. We recommend a flat-soled shoe and athletic clothes. T-shirts, shorts, or athletic pants are all good options. For safety reasons, we cannot allow open toed shoes or flip-flops.
What should we bring to our class?
Your child will need appropriate workout clothes and athletic shoes, as well as a water bottle. We supply the rest!
Can I try a class first?
Yes! We would love for you to come check out one of our classes and see why we love Crossfit Kids so much! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your free trial class.