“Our understanding is that the needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.”
The quote above is from CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman in an interview he gave CNBC back in May 2016.
Glassman was speaking to the benefit of CrossFit programming for the aging population. One of the main benefits of CrossFit is that the movements are universally applicable. Regardless of age, everyone needs to be able to squat, lunge, and bend over without getting hurt.
Last year, we pioneered our CrossFit Kids program for kids ranging from 5-12 years in age. Like Glassman, we believe the fundamentals of CrossFit (the movements and emphasis on healthy living) are just as important for kids as they are for anyone else. Better yet, the earlier we work with our kids to build healthy habits and good movement patterns, the more likely they are to carry those habits and patterns on throughout the rest of their life.
We had great success with CrossFit Kids last year so we’re going to be running it again in 2018. You can find out all of the dates and pricing here or at the bottom of this article, but continue on to read more about the goals of CrossFit Kids, how it differs from our normal CrossFit classes, and answers to common questions like if weightlifting is dangerous for young children.
The Goal of CrossFit Kids
Our goal with the CrossFit Kids program is to teach kids ages 5-12 the basics of functional movement patterns in a safe, fun environment. They’ll learn movements like the squat, lunge, and push-up – movements that we do every day in our day-to-day activities. By incorporating these movements alongside games and activities, they’ll increase their fitness level in a stress-free environment.
While CrossFit Kids is aimed improving a child’s fitness level, our main goal is to introduce them to a healthy way of living and build a love for movement and physical activity. For that reason, we incorporate tons of games and fun activities so kids have a great time while also learning a ton.
How is CrossFit Kids Different Than Traditional CrossFit Classes?
Our CrossFit Kids classes do incorporate the same basic movements as our traditional classes (squats, lunges, burpees, etc). However, we do modify the class to cater more towards our younger participants:
- The class is 45 minutes long instead of the typical hour for our normal classes. This helps to accommodate the shorter attention spans of our younger athletes.
- You’ll find more bodyweight exercises. Most of the work we do (running, jumping, moving) uses only the athlete’s bodyweight. Occasionally, we’ll pull out some light medicine balls, barbells or PVC pipes, dumbbells, or kettlebells, but you won’t find any heavy barbells loaded up with lots of weight.
- We incorporate more games and teamwork. We like to think that our traditional CrossFit classes are fun…just a different kind! With our CrossFit Kids classes though, we put an emphasis on fun, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Whereas our traditional CrossFit classes frequently emphasize individual workouts, you’ll find more team workouts and group activities with our CrossFit Kids classes.
Is It Safe For My Child to Lift Weights?
Safety is a top priority for our coaches when working with any of our athletes but especially in our CrossFit Kids classes. All of our CrossFit Kids coaches have completed the CrossFit Kids certification from CrossFit, which educates them on the growth patterns and limitations of younger athletes.
Experts and researchers that investigate strength training for children often have mixed opinions (read more here, for example). Depending on your child’s development, it might not be safe for them to lift heavy weights and focus specifically on strength gains until they’re in their teens or older.
On the flip side, CrossFit Kids is entirely safe for kids of all ages. Our focus is not on strength or muscle gains, and we don’t push our younger athletes to lift more or do more reps. Instead, we focus on having fun, building proper bodyweight movement patterns, and developing a love of exercise through games.
You can expect to see the following benefits:
- Increased coordination. We’ll be learning new movements that your children likely aren’t familiar with! As a result, they’ll build new movement patterns and develop more awareness of how their body moves in general.
- Better bone density and decreased risk of injury. Through running, jumping, and moving, we help our younger athletes build stronger bones. With our coach’s instruction, they also learn the proper ways to squat, lunge, etc. All of this means less risk of injury in day-to-day activities and in sports.
- Better cognitive function. Just like in adults, exercise in children is correlated with better cognitive capacity. Regular movement can lead to improvements in the classroom.
- Love of health and fitness. We’re not trying to build healthy kids for a few hours during the week. We’re trying to instill habits that will last them for a lifetime. Our CrossFit Kids program will help younger athletes be physically fit and physically active throughout their lives.
CrossFit Kids Dates, Times, and Prices for 2018
If you’re interested in signing up, talk to a coach before or after class or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our CrossFit Kids class starts on June 4, 2018 and runs until August 3, 2018. Classes run Monday, Wednesday, Friday during the week from 9:30AM to 10:15AM. Here’s how each week will work out.
Week of June 4 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of June 11 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of June 18 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of June 25 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of July 2 – OFF
Week of July 9 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of July 16 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of July 23 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
Week of July 30 – Classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30AM-10:15AM
We offer discounts for signing up for both months at one time or enrolling more than one child.
June OR July 2018
– $100 for first child
– $75 for second child
June AND July 2018
– $175 for first child ($25 savings)
– $125 for second child ($50 savings)
*$10 per class if you want to drop in to individual sessions