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 (neurological, cognitive, motor) of that population. CrossFit Kids is the principal strength and conditioning program for many young athletes and the primary PE program for many home schools and charter schools. It is used by athletic teams, martial arts schools and many parents who 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, and 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 socioeconomic groups, providing an easily accessible cost-free resource for Elite Physical Fitness to everyone.
Nutrition for Kids & Teens—Sane nutrition for kids in 150 words:
Our goal with kids is 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, bread, and 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 and listen to your body–eat when you are hungry, stop eating when you are full.