*No Intro Course required for CFM Kids/BIG DOGS/TEENS
*Our Kids and Teens programs are geared specifically to the younger age groups and the goal is to make fitness fun!
WHAT IS CROSSFIT KIDS?
CrossFit Kids is not simply a scaled down version of CrossFit. It is a specifically designed program for children and teenagers 4-18 years old. There is a major difference between how children, teenagers, and adults become more fit and build strength. Our CrossFit Kids program focuses on these variances with the goal to promote fitness at all age and ability levels. CrossFit Kids main goal is to make fitness FUN!!! Your child will learn many skills and life lessons that will be the foundational building blocks to grow into productive, hard working, healthy adults.
IS CROSSFIT SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
Yes!! Without a doubt. There is a huge amount of scientific research out there that supports the fact that a proper strength and conditioning program is not only safe, but extremely beneficial for growing children. CrossFit Kids combines elements of gymnastics, bodyweight exercises, and weightlifting to optimize use of the ten general physical skills which include: cardio-respiratory endurance, power, strength, stamina, speed, agility, flexibility, balance, accuracy, and coordination. These elements are combined in a way to keep children engaged and having FUN, while introducing them to properly executed functional movements they will use throughout their life.
HOW CAN CROSSFIT KIDS BENEFIT MY CHILD?
CrossFit Kids focuses on motor and cognitive skills by teaching children of all ages proper movements that they will be able to apply throughout their daily life. This is done in an interactive group setting while challenging the children to focus on performing their movement correctly, count repetitions, follow sequences and patterns, as well as goal setting and seeing the successes of great effort. CrossFit Kids supplements a child or teen’s involvement in athletics by incorporating various strength and conditioning methods in a proper setting and under proper supervision. The CrossFit method of constantly varying the movements allows the child to improve at a vast array of movements as opposed to specializing in one area of fitness. This makes for a more well rounded athlete.
CrossFit Kids also:
- Improves overall fitness and athleticism
- Instills the benefits of health and a positive body image at a young age (performance and WHAT I CAN DO vs. HOW DO I LOOK)
- Prevents and reverses childhood obesity and other related health issues
- Teaches quality movement
- Protects against injury
- Creates an opportunity to improve life skills such as focus, hard work, perseverance, dedication, goal setting and achievement, nutrition, and proper functional movement.
WHAT CAN I DO AS A PARENT?
Parents are encouraged to support their children throughout our program by staying and watching each class. You can also make sure that your child has consistent attendance each week as well as providing your child with healthy meals at home and school. As your child progresses throughout the CrossFit Kids program, we will be focussing on proper nutrition to keep them performing at their best. This will consist of them having a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats at every meal and snack. You play the most intricate role in your child’s diet as a parent, so we encourage you to stay and hear the things we emphasize to your child when it comes to nutrition. Also, please inform us as coaches of anything that should be known about your child’s health that would be relevant to their progress during the program.
CFM KIDS (Pre-K – 2nd Grade)
The Kids class is held on Wednesday’s at 4:30 pm. It is for children enrolled in Pre-K-2nd grade. This class will introduce kids to some of the foundational movements of CrossFit in a fun environment. They will not only learn some of the movements like squats, presses, and burpees, they will also learn a little about nutrition and other things. In this class they will use little to no weight. The weight they would use as they progress would be light medicine balls, light kettlebells or 5 lb. plates. This is only used when the child has shown that they can do the movement properly.
CFM BIG DOGS (3rd-5th Grade)
Our BIG DOGS class is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. It is for children enrolled in 3rd-5th grade. This class introduces kids to the correct foundational movements and will begin teaching some different lifts, starting with a PVC bar and moving up in weight slowly using light barbells, dumbbells, medballs, etc. based on how well they perform the movement. This age group will be introduced to more movements, but still staying in the mode of practicing the movement vs increasing complexity and weight.
CFM TEENS (Middle and High School)
Our Teens class is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. It is for children that are in middle and high school. This class introduces kids to the correct foundational movements and will begin teaching some different lifts, starting with a PVC bar and moving up in weight slowly based on how well they perform the movement. We have several different levels of athletes in the teens class and we will scale their workouts accordingly to help teach them the proper movement and also prevent injury.
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