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ABOUT CROSSFIT KOP KIDS

Our program delivers a fitness that is broad, general and inclusive. CrossFit Kids is specifically designed for children and teenagers to prepare them for life. We specialize in constant variety, functional fitness and of course FUN!!! While including scaled down versions of adult skill training and workouts, CrossFit Kids also focuses on fun to get kids excited about exercising.

  • Cubs - Our Cubs class is for our littlest CrossFitters, ages 3-6 years old (must be potty trained). The class is a basic introduction to functional movement through fun and games. Classes are 30 minutes in length. If there is a concurrent adult class children of parents taking it will be supervised for the remainder of the hour.

  • Bears - Bears is our Class for ages 7 and up. School Aged Children and older children that are new to CrossFit can expect to learn and have fun in this 45 minute class. We will focus on Agility, Coordination, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Balance, Strength and Accuracy getting these kids ready for sport and life. If there is a concurrent adult class children of parents taking it, will be supervised for the remainder of the hour.

  • Teens - Our teens class is for ages 13 and up who are ready for Intermediate class. Although emphasis remains on technique and safety, teens who attend this class are ready to bring some intensity to their workouts. Classes are one hour. We also offer a teen barbell class, that is invite only- for teens who have shown the ability and focus to delve deeper into strength training.

10 PHYSICAL SKILLS

These ten general physical skills, as enumerated by Jim Cawley of Dynamax and adapted by CrossFit, incorporate every aspect of athletic activity, as well as each of the human energy pathways. A comprehensive fitness program addresses each of these and can be deemed successful only to the degree which if offers improvement, while individuals are considered fit in equal measure to their competency in each of these skills. Coach Greg Glassman, the creator of CrossFit, gives us the bottom line regarding the ten general physical skills:

  1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance

  2. Stamina

  3. Strength

  4. Power

  5. Speed

  6. Flexibility

  7. Agility

  8. Accuracy

  9. Balance

  10. Coordination

 

"You're only as good as your weakest link" (Glassman). Coach recognized early on that the conventional definition of fitness was severely lacking. After much observation and shock at how specialized athletes are held up as prime examples of fitness, a more comprehensive approach seemed necessary. In real life (e.g. nature, sport and work) the demand for the elements of physical fitness are never separated. Segmented training leads to segmented capacity. Therefore a functional fitness program, one which prepares the individual for the rigors of daily life, must collectively enhance each of these areas of fitness. CrossFit was his answer to that dilemma.

The CrossFit Kids program uses the template of randomized, functional exercises, performed at high intensity. Adjustments are made to accommodate the specific needs and requirements of children and teens. Workouts consist of exercises containing elements drawn from the above enumerated physical skills, while special attention is paid to utilizing progressions for difficult or compound movements, and progressive loading dictated by size, age and consistency in form.

Using the above template, CrossFit Kids often perform workouts with a time component, moving quickly from one exercise to the next, thereby creating the intensity necessary to achieve these goals. Highly vigorous exercises like box jumps, tuck jumps, jump rope, sprints, etc. create aerobic and metabolic changes which increase cardiovascular/respiratory endurance and stamina. This positively impacts the body's capacity for exercise and lays the foundation for the remaining general physical skills.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

We encourage parents to support their children and the class, stay and spectate from the sidelines, cheer, participate in CrossFit adult classes, help their children maintain consistency in CrossFit attendance, and provide healthy meals at home and for school. Healthy meals consist of protein, carbohydrate, and fat at every meal. The tenets we follow are: lots of lean meat, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, and no grains. These foods are the optimal fuel for the most sophisticated machines: our bodies. We emphasize the importance of unprocessed, real foods in balanced proportions. For more information on the nutritional guidelines we follow, ask us about Paleo and Zone. Scientific studies and personal trial and error among ourselves and our athletes have found that these dietary choices make us feel good, improve our physical and mental performance, and enhance our physical and mental health. We also insist that parents of our underage athletes inform us of medical conditions and allergies that may impact a child's health, performance, and capability.

What is inappropriate behavior for parents?

Generally, we would like parents to resist the urge to interrupt class or counter our training expertise. Behavior we would like parents to avoid includes but is not limited to the following: shouting cues to children, encouraging rivalry and competition, encouraging risky behavior, encouraging bad form, encouraging heavier weights, choosing weights, arguing with coaches during class, stealing child's attention and focus, interrupting class, infringing upon class space, bringing children late to class or pulling them out early (exception: emergency situation), criticism of children or coaches, overriding coaches' decisions, or bringing sick kids to class. CrossFit Kids should be a fun experience for kids and their parents, so we want to keep it that way!

What is inappropriate behavior for children?

Generally, we would like children to maintain self control and not act against the coaches' instructions. Inappropriate behavior for children includes but is not limited to: inappropriately distracting others during class, not listening to the coaches' instructions, disobeying coaches' instructions, disrespecting others, disrespecting equipment, creating a dangerous environment for self and others, criticizing others, or acting without own or other children's safety in mind. CrossFit Kids should be fun, so we want to keep it that way for everyone!

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU AND YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH

CrossFit Kids and CrossFit King of Prussia services are not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical examination. Prior to participating in any program, activity, or exercise you should seek the advice of your physician and other qualified health-care professionals. You understand that these exercises can be strenuous and should be done in moderation. There is an inherent risk in any exercise that, while providing some health benefits, can also cause unknown health issues. You understand that there are weights, balls, bars, mats, chairs, and many other items commonly associated with a gymnasium that can be left around by any person associated with CrossFit Kids and CrossFit King of Prussia. It is every person's responsibility to anticipate these items being left in places where they can cause injury. Application or reliance on the techniques, advice, ideas, and suggestions of any person associated with CrossFit Kids and CrossFit King of Prussia are at the sole discretion and risk of the participant and his/her parent and guardian. You agree, by participating in any program associated with CrossFit Kids and CrossFit King of Prussia, that CrossFit Kids and CrossFit King of Prussia shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, or exemplary damages for any injury or harm to you or your child incurred in or around the property where exercise occurs.

BOOK A CLASS

Fill out the form to book your child's first class (it's free), purchase a Kids Class Punch Card or learn more about our Crossfit Kids Birthday Parties!

 You can also contact us directly by calling or emailing:

info@crossfitkop.com 

973-885-8728

WHAT IS CROSSFIT KIDS?


CrossFit Kids is not simply a scaled down version of CrossFit, it is entirely absolutely CrossFit geared and designed for a special population and the specific developmental needs of that population (neurological, cognitive, motor). Since Late 2004 CrossFit Kids has been Forging The Future Of Fitness and is currently in over 400 gyms in North America, Australia, Europe, Africa, India, Japan and Panama. CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specifically designed for kids and teenagers and helps them develop a lifelong love of fitness.In a group setting, children and teens participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well- rounded athletes. With a network of over 2000 CrossFit Kids Trainers, CrossFit Kids is being implemented in preschools to high schools with before-and-after school programs and integration into Physical Education curriculum. CrossFitKids.com contains thousands of archived workouts, video demonstrations and informative articles that provide interested parents or teachers with a foundation for understanding how the CrossFit Kids program can be implemented at home or at school. CrossFit Kids workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive and general and scaleable for any participant at any level. What does this mean? This means that, for the most part, no two workouts are the same, so kids and teens never get bored and the novelty of each workout keeps them excited about participating. The functional movements involve exercises that are fundamental to all things that kids need to do when they play-pull, push,run, throw, climb, lift and jump. All of the movements are taught safely and effectively under the close supervision of thoroughly trained CrossFit Kids Trainers. When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive and general it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes who will be better at any and every sport that they play because CrossFit Kids doesn't coach them to be good at just one thing. Our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. With workouts that are scaleable, CrossFit Kids can equally benefit a person who is less active or an accomplished athlete by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged just enough to deliver measurable results and personal athletic progress.




HOW DO I GET MY CHILD STARTED?


All kids are allowed one FREE drop in class to see if they like the program. At these classes a certified, insured coach will supervise and run the class. Classes are all set up to include a warm up, skill work, workout and game using skills if applicable. This makes learning and exercise fun thus paring fun and fitness!




HOW CAN CROSSFIT BENEFIT MY CHILD?


CrossFit Kids enhances a child's motor skills by teaching better movement and cognitive skills through engaging children to think about their movement, count their reps, remember the sequences, and work towards goals. CrossFit Kids augments a child or teen's involvement in sports by incorporating strength training and conditioning to make our CrossFit athletes better athletes at any sport. In addition to increasing a child's or teen's fitness and athleticism, CrossFit Kids:

  • Instills a lifelong definition of health and positive body image
  • Reverses prevalent health issues such as obesity
  • Protects against injury
  • Creates a community of like-minded individuals for support and self-confidence, and honest life skills such as concentration, problem solving, perseverance, dedication, motivation, and goal-setting.
CrossFit Kids is functional fitness designed to benefit our young athletes throughout their lives.




IS WEIGHT TRAINING SAFE FOR YOUTH?


You probably want to know whether weight training is safe for kids. We believe it is, when done under proper supervision. In fact, we've found research showing it's safer than a lot of other sports out there. Not only that, but we believe it's a great way for kids to learn athletic fundamentals, improve the way they move, and develop neural pathways that will help them down the road. To be clear, we're not talking about max lifts or pushing kids to exhaustion. Not by a long shot. Our first order of business is safety, and we focus on proper form. With the younger kids, we oftentimes don't ask them to use weights at all. Below we've included links to some articles on the subject, but we also encourage you to do your own research.




WHAT IS GOOD NUTRITION FOR MY KIDS?


Sane nutrition for kids in 150 words: Our goal with kids isn't to get them on the zone, but to get them to think and make good choices about what they eat. Our goal is to teach them very basic concepts, sugar is bad, protein is good and you need to eat some in every meal. Nuts and seeds are good fats. Eat them, don't avoid them. Pasta, white bread, and white rice are not that good for you, stuff that's red, yellow, green and found in the fruit and vegetable aisle is good for you. Eat a lot of it. Look at your plate, make a fist, eat that much meat every meal; turn your hand over and fill it with nuts and seeds, eat that much good fat, fill the rest of your plate with stuff you found in the fruit and vegetable aisle. Fill your plate this way at every meal, don't eat more.




WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS?


If we look closely, we will discover our daily lives still demand that we move and function in ways that are similar to those required of our hunting, gathering predecessors. The only way we will be able to successfully perform such movements past our childhood years is to train and strengthen our bodies in ways that mimic those early human activities and prepare us to effectively meet the challenges of daily life. Our goal, then, is functional fitness which means we must engage in functional exercise. So what is functional exercise? Let us first determine what it is not. Unfortunately, the majority of the fitness community is gravely missing the mark with regard to functionality and is misleading the public into a black hole of wasted time and effort. Functional has become an overused term in the library of fitness literature and has been butchered by the commercial fitness industry. This term has been erroneously applied to any number of useless movements produced on grossly overpriced equipment and an unlimited supply of infomercial gizmos and gadgets. Add to this the propensity toward muscle-specific weight training, and we have a fitness culture of great looking but functionally useless machines and human specimens. The sad truth is the physical exertion required to complete a repetition of any one of these movements lacks any parallel to reality. If we can't make it analogous to daily life, common sense would tell us it is not functional exercise. Functional exercise replicates functional movement, that is, those movements we use to get average things done in our daily lives. Standing from a seated position, placing things overhead, pulling ourselves up, throwing, running, picking things up-these are all functional movements. A functional fitness regimen, then, would be one that utilizes functional exercises to address and enhance our ability to successfully complete these types of everyday tasks. Functional exercise allows our bodies to perform the way in which they were engineered. Squats, push ups, pull ups, deadlifts, box jumps, broad jumps, running-these are but a few of the tools in the CrossFit arsenal. Pared down gyms equipped with boxes and weights, D-balls and medicine balls, ropes and monkey bars are the fertile grounds from which functional fitness is born. Our goal at CrossFit Kids is to educate and enthuse children and teens about functional fitness. We believe these will be the foundational experiences our children require to embark on lifelong journeys of wellness which will enable them to effectively perform simple, yet necessary tasks well into their adult years. Our dream is to foster a generation of healthy, fit individuals who require limited assistance and enjoy freedom of movement and activity throughout their life spans. To that end, we design each of our workouts with the varied modalities that will increase fitness levels across a broad spectrum of performance and health considerations. Always functional, never boring, CrossFit Kids resolves the issues of our sedentary, noxious lifestyles. Working the body according to the way it was designed, we are training a generation to take responsibility for their health via the path of least resistance. Defining Functional Fitness for Kids As a CrossFit Kid, you've probably heard the term functional fitness a million times. Have you ever stopped to wonder what that means? Functional fitness uses movements that help your body function like it should, giving you the ability to get normal things done in your daily life.





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(973) 885-8728

200 DeKalb Street

Bridgeport, PA 19405

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