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:
"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!
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!
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WHAT IS CROSSFIT KIDS?
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?
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.
IS WEIGHT TRAINING SAFE FOR YOUTH?
WHAT IS GOOD NUTRITION FOR MY KIDS?
Sane nutrition for kids in 150 words: