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CrossFit Kids – 945A Summer Session Added Beg. Jun 12 Tues & Thurs!

Beginning Tuesday, June 12, we are adding a new CrossFit Kids session on Tues and Thurs  starting at 9:45a through August 23.

  • Register via our website your mini-athlete monthly and the 9 week program is only $180 for 18 classes
  • Drop in fee is $15
  • 10% sibling discount available!
Please note: there are no CFI Kids 945A sessions  July 10,12,17 and 19

 

CrossFit Impavidus Kids Registration Opens Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011

Our Summer Open House for CrossFit Kids was a great success! Thank you all for sharing your athletes with us and trying out our Free CrossFit Kids classes.

Our Final Free Session is  Thursday, September 29th.  Our first CrossFit Kids Class begins Tuesday, October 4!

Ongoing Registration Begins tomorrow for our CrossFit Impavidus Kids Program.

Registration Opens Saturday, September 17, 2011!

Beginning October 4th – our schedule for CrossFit Kids is as follows:

Tuesday
545P – 6:30 Teens
6:45P – 7:15 Kids

Thursday
5:45P – 6:15P Kids
6:30P- 7:15P Teens

Sat,
1130A Kids

Rates are based on 4 week cycles:

Kids Classes
Two classes per week $80 (monthly)
One class a week $60 (monthly)

Drop in fee: $15

Teens
2 times a week $100 (monthly)

CrossFit Kids: Teens at the CrossFit Games

Teens: They’re Coming For You

While the Team and Individual competitors threw down on the Track and the Stadium, 7 teams of CrossFit teens from across the country gathered in Lot 17 for 4 workouts over 3 days.

The teens, who are all high school age, were on a mission to show the community that CrossFit Kids is not just for little kids. The workouts showcased their conditioning, skill, and strength. Event 1 on Friday was an AMRAP in 12 minutes of 50 power cleans (135/95 lb.), 50 box jumps (30/24 inches) and 150 double-unders, with one team member working at a time. This was followed by a 1-rep-max front squat for each member.

 

Video: See CrossFit Kids in Action

Watch some CrossFit Kids in action from CrossFit New England

3 Reasons Your Kids Should Try CrossFit

Three Reasons Your Kids Should Try Crossfit from breakingmuscle.com 

As a parent it can be daunting to select activities in which to enroll your child. Sports, dance, or martial arts? What about school? Kids have a lot going on these days and they also have their own opinions about things, too. As the founder of CrossFit LA Kids and therefore having coached kids of all ages in CrossFit on a daily basis I can tell you there are many reasons it is a great discipline for your children. CrossFit can be a great base for kids to carry them into other sports and also develop them as healthy fit human beings.

 

There are three main areas kids gain from CrossFit:

 

Physical Benefits – CrossFit is great for kids because of the wide variety of disciplines it involves, from weightlifting to calisthenics to gymnastics. Kids brains are like little sponges, itching to make neurological connections and adaptations. These connections in the brain are made in response to stimuli. The more kids can be exposed to when they are young, the more connections and capacities they develop and retain for the rest of their lives. Think of friends you have who did not play sports growing up, unless they have consciously worked at it as an adult, they are probably still somewhat uncoordinated. On the other hand, people you know who trained regularly in athletics growing up have a capacity to take on new things still as adults and display efficient and effective movement with their bodies.

 

Emotional Benefits – CrossFit is similar to sports and martial arts in how it can develop children on an emotional level. In my program we work with kids on sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, listening skills, self-discipline and manners. These are all skills, though not physical, that will help kids become successful later in life. In addition, I see a noticeable difference in the confidence level of children who have been doing CrossFit. As their bodies get fitter and their abilities expand, children generally become more physically active and less self-conscious in other athletic situations. I have also seen children lose considerable amounts of weight, resulting in a major change in body image and a big boost in self-esteem. This is especially important and beneficial in the pre-teen years.

 

Fitness as a Lifestyle – One of the main reasons I started working with children is because it was important to me to instill the value of fitness at an early age. It is also important to make sure kids find fitness fun – if children grow up associating working out with being something enjoyable and clearly seeing the benefits to their bodies and health, then they are more likely to keep fitness as a priority throughout their lives. Eating healthy becomes a natural and normal choice and being active becomes something they just do. Enrolling kids in an all-encompassing program like CrossFit also shows children health and fitness is something their parents prioritize and want to educate them about.

 

The benefits of a program like CrossFit Kids can be long lasting for children, both physically and mentally, and it is a great activity for children to get into at any age. At my school, CrossFit Los Angeles, we coach kids from ages 5 to 17. At the younger ages, CrossFit develops their bodies across a broad range of skills. By exposing them to a variety of stimuli therefore their bodies adapt and grow both physically and neurologically. As teenagers, CrossFit is a fun and efficient way for young athletes to develop the strength and conditioning base they need to excel in their sport of choice. CrossFit Kids is not available in all cities, but it is opening up at more and more CrossFit affiliates across the country.

 

My favorite thing as a CrossFit coach is when a whole family ends up working out together. We have numerous families who are all members of my gym. So maybe when you bring your children to check out a CrossFit class, you might check one out yourself, too. Sharing a love for fitness can be not only a time for your family to bond, but also ensures you more happy healthy years together.

CrossFit Impavidus Kids at YouthFest 2011 Sat 3p

A Free Day Long Event for Teens - YouthFest 2011 is this coming Saturday. CrossFit Impavidus will be there offering a free demo and information on our CrossFit Impavidus KIDS program. Join us!

YouthFest 2011 is June 25, 2011 at the Brambleton Town Center. The event is planned by teens for teens and features the top local youth bands and performers, attractions, interactive exhibits, food and more.

  • Where: Brambleton, 42395 Ryan Rd, Ashburn, VA 20148
  • Date: June 25, 2011
  • Time: 3:00pm–7:00pm

 

Playing Lego Games

Today I took my daughter and a friend to one of the CrossFit Kids classes that CrossFit Impavidus held to start prepping for the summer session. They had opened it up to all members’ kids, so why not tire my kids out on a Sunday morning.  I had read about what CF Kids was all about, but I was curious to see it put into action.

Coach Lori and Coach Jerry started off with gathering the kids in a circle and talking to them a bit about what was on tap for the session. What I liked about that was they talked to them in kids speak so they could understand what’s going to happen. They went over some of the other skills the kids would have to use when doing the exercises and then into the warmup they went. This session was more geared towards the 5-8 year olds than the older kids.

They did some general stretching and then began to get ready for the Lego Game.

In teams of 2, each partner has to do broad jumps to one wall to earn 3 lego pieces – then with lego pieces in hand, they run back alternating for 6minutes. They can earn 3 more lego pieces if individually they decide to do 3 burpees right after their broad jump. The team that can construct the  highest lego structure within 5 mins of time being called wins.  What I loved about this was i combined exercise with learning to work as a team and then use your brain to figure out how to get the tallest structure.

After they did a quick clean up of their lego pieces, the gang headed outside to play a game of tag with a twist. One person is it – once they tag someone, everyone freezes –

and those 2 (tagger and taggee) have to do 3 reps of the exercise that the coach calls out. For this game it was squats, push ups, and tuck jumps. So the 1st tagger/taggee had to do 3 squats. Everyone unfreezes and the taggee becomes the tagger and goes after someone else — doing the 3 push ups and so on. … The kids were well run after this was over –

Then they regathered in the circle for a wrap up and afterwards were able to look around and try out a few exercises on their own if they wanted — like push ups, pull ups, box jumps and ropes.

I love that these games are designed to be fun and active and also engages their mind. They learn strategy, teamwork, and patience!  My daughter loved it!

What is CrossFit Kids?

From: CrossFitKids.com

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. (nuerological, cognitive, motor)


CrossFit Kids is the principal strength and conditioning program for many young athletes and the primary P.E. program for many home schools, charter schools.  It is used by athletic teams, martial arts schools and many parents that want their kids to grow up healthy, strong and have a life long love of working out thus avoiding the common problems associated with childhood inactivity and obesity.


Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Healthy living requires that our kids push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift, jump, effectively and safely regardless of whether or not they play athletics. Athletics is a specialized pursuit.  Our goal is to support the specialist, but reward the generalist.


The CrossFit Kids program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for 4 year olds and elite high school athletes. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.  The needs of our second graders and our high school wrestler differ by degree not kind.


CrossFit Kids is a minimalist program.  It is not expensive, often requires little or no equipment therefore can be used across broad socio economic groups providing an easily accessible cost free resource for Elite Physical Fitness to everyone.


We also publish the CrossFit Kids Magazine designed to support the CrossFit community as a whole as well as teachers, trainers, and parents actively engaged in coaching CrossFit Kids. The CrossFit Kids magazine details the theory, techniques, and practice used by our coaches in our gym, in essence bringing your garage or gym into ours,  making you part of our Crossfit Family.