CrossFit for Kids, Is it Beneficial?


CrossFit has become all the rage in adult fitness. Find out how CrossFit Kids can lead to higher level of sports performance outside of CrossFit.
CrossFit has become all the rage in adult fitness. Find out how CrossFit Kids can lead to higher level of sports performance outside of CrossFit.

Over the past few years, there has been  an increased demand of kids and parents interested in an organized program for children to attend and get introduced to fitness. There are many adults getting fit through CrossFit, and the children of these parents have developed a desire to do what “mom and dad” are doing. To meet this new demand, CrossFit Kids classes are now available in many CrossFit gyms.

What is CrossFit Kids?

CrossFit kids is a broad, general and inclusive fun fitness program designed to be an exciting learning experience where children can come into class and learn healthy habits. We leave no stone unturned in terms of what we coach when it comes to the 10 general physical attributes of fitness:

  1. accuracy
  2. agility
  3. balance
  4. coordination
  5. endurance
  6. flexibility
  7. power
  8. speed
  9. stamina
  10. strength

The Workouts

The workouts are typically different everyday unless we are attempting to “re-test ” a previous workout but the one thing that stays constant is that technique always comes before intensity. Some of the skills we work on regulary include squatting with and without weight, pull ups, box jumps, running, jumping rope, core strengthening excercises including planks and handstand holds as well as rowing and kettle bells.

The Benefits

Some of the benefits of CrossFit Kids increased capacity in all 10 physical attributes of fitness which in turn leads to higher level of sports performance outside of CrossFit and with the increase in physical activity research has proven time and time again that excercises improves cognitive function which translates to a better academic performance as well.

In our gym, we currently have 2 coaches that operate our kids class and it is openly available for all children aged 5-17. One coach leads our younger groupies 5-10 referred to as the Kettlebell club and I lead the older children aged 11-17 also known as the Barbell club.

CrossFit kids has been a great experience for all involved from the kids to the parents as well as us coaches and I would encourage anyone that is interested to check it out, whether it be to try out a class to see if it is a fit for your child or even just to watch and see what it’s all about! Contact your local CrossFit gym to see what they have available for your kids!