Why CrossFit Kids
I’ve been coaching kids for as long as I’ve been coaching adults. One of the focuses has always been teaching kids proper movement patterns that will translate when they get into upper grade level athletics and training. Another benefit to starting kids young is that it sets a precedence for them as they get older. Helping them create healthy habits when they’re young that could literally set a course for their future health. We’re training them academically, why not physically also?
“The needs of a second grader and high-school varsity wrestlers differ by degree and not kind; the program is scalable for any age or experience level and accounts for the varied maturation status one can find in a class full of kids. CrossFit Kids is designed to be minimalist; it allows a wide array of socioeconomic groups an opportunity to be physically fit and physically active throughout their lives.”
Let’s take a look at what other benefits kids receive with CrossFit Kids training.
Properties of A CrossFit Kid
- They become proficient in 10 components of fitness, such as: Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility & Accuracy.
- Kids learn the ability to focus their attention on their body, how their body is moving and how to move their body appropriately. kinesthetic sense
- Posture naturally becomes better.
- Kids learn the value of working hard (not to mention learning to have fun doing it).
- Moving their own body weight and learning to weight lift, brings muscular development that translates in their daily lives. (how much easier would lifting their backpack be for them?)
- Kids become a true athlete, not just athletic in a specific sport. Yes, there is a huge difference.
There have been many myths and misinformation passed around over the years when it comes to kids and training. Let’s take a look at some.
- “Weightlifting will stunt a kids growth/interfere with growth plates.” Quite the contrary, there is actually no data that supports that. In fact, there is more data that promotes (proper) weigh training. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/strength-training/art-20047758
- “It will interfere with my child’s sport.” With proper training, your child will get better in their sports and have a reduction in sports specific injuries. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Sports_Injuries/child_sports_injuries.asp
- “My kid needs to learn leadership skills, so they need team sports.” Not all kids are cut out for team sports, this is especially true for kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. With CrossFit Kids, the kids learn how to focus entirely on themselves, how to move properly and then are given opportunities to “teach” others how to do the same. This not only increases their self confidence, gives them an opportunity to lead, and also help their friends understand proper movement technique when they see them moving poorly. https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/best-sports-for-kids-with-adhd
I’ve had many kids over the years, but one of my kids I often use as an example is Sebastian. Sebastian is 14 years old and has been a CrossFit kid since about age 9. Sebastian has never played team sports. This year he decided to participate in track and field. He excelled in every area he tried out for. Although Sebastian wanted to do short distances, those spots were filled quickly with kids who could only do short distances. Since Sebastian was more versatile in his ability, the coaches put him in the mile run, long jump and anchor for 400 relay.
Sebastian continued to train in CrossFit Kids during his track season. One week (after months of begging) I allowed him to find a max deadlift. He pulled a 230lb 1 rep set, two days later he PR’d his mile run at 5:21.
Sebastian’s abilities are limitless. If your kid, Timmy, started playing baseball at 9 and has only played baseball for the last 6 years, baseball is all Timmy knows. Timmy has not gained strength, endurance, speed, or power. Timmy is not fit, Timmy just knows how to play baseball.
Sign Them Up
Our CrossFit Kids classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 5 p.m. Kids do not need experience in anything, I will teach them all they need to know. They will learn and do things they never thought or knew they could. Watch your children grow, you will be amazed at their new found abilities! http://www.crossfitnbs.com/about-us/crossfit-kids/