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Coach Robyn Lang kicked off the CrossFit Everett CrossFit Kids Program today at CFE with her band of accomplices – Scott, Eddie, Natalie and Karridi, who helped to make registration & the class run so smoothly!
CrossFit Everett is starting two age specific CrossFit Kid classes, which are free for the summer.
- Preschool 3-5 years will be Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-1:30pm
- School age 6-12 years will be Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:45-2:30pm
Check out the CrossFit Kids Parent Packet on our web site’s CFE documents section to get more details about Robyn, how the classes are structured and other things you’ll need to know.
If you weren’t able to make it to the first class, here’s what you missed:
- CrossFit Kids was started in 2004 by CrossFit and has grown from there into after school programs, PE programs and CrossFit gyms use the methodology to add back movement and community while instilling values.
We desire to change the way that kids see themselves – that it isn’t how the body looks but what the body can do that becomes important.
This structure teaches kids how to win with grace and lose with dignity. We live in a world where there are winners and losers – at some point, everyone will be a winner and everyone will lose. This is accomplished in a safe environment with no gloating or parades.
- We like to teach them that hard work is the norm and not the exception. This directly translates into life at school and at home, and results in a good work ethic.
- It is not scaled down CrossFit – it is CrossFit in its entirety, targeted specifically toward the way kids move and develop.
- Muscles: Kids develop strength differently than adults. They use neuromuscular pathways to build strength, as opposed to adults who use hypertrophy to build muscles. CrossFit Kids works primarily through repetition and focuses on form, using light weight (in the 6-12 year group) for resistance and impact loading.
- Bones: Children’s bones are growing constantly. Placing stress on bones causes the body to build denser bones, or a stronger skeleton. Double unders, box jumps, broad jumps, and burpees are all examples of movements that place increased gravitational forces on the skeleton and build bone.
- Brain: CrossFit Kids focuses on increasing balance and awareness of children’s bodies in relation to space. This is referred to as vestibular development. Examples of moves that accomplish this are forward rolls, bear crawls, cartwheels, handstands – anything where the head goes below the shoulders. Multiple studies report vestibular therapy has direct correlation with improvements in visual, auditory, and motor function, and a lack can cause anxiety and depression.
- Lastly, it connects anatomic and physiologic. Studies have shown that exercise in children increases brain growth in the hippocampus, which is what drives our learning and memory. In teens specifically, there is a growth hormone release after a WOD that stimulates retention of information. CrossFit Kids recommends 20 minutes of studying post WOD for teens to increase retention.
- Isn’t it cool that exercise does so much for our kids?
- Overall, CrossFit Kids tries to work with kids physically and mentally in a controlled, safe environment to produce kids with good movement, good work ethic, who respect their peers and value teamwork and who can use their bodies to their full potential. We work for happy, healthy kids.