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CrossFit Kids FAQs

There’s a lot of excitement over the new CrossFit Everett CrossFit Kids class starting this Saturday (over 24 reposts of the original article on FaceBook – wonderful and a bit scary!). We hope to see you all for the kickoff at 9:30 am and the always prepared Robyn Lang who will be heading up the class & coaching thought that a question / answer post before the class would help to get everyone on the same page. Any questions that aren’t answered here, can be asked/answered at the class and we’ll see you this Saturday!

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cfk11.  What is CrossFit Kids?
CrossFit Kids is a program that was introduced in 2004 to provide strength and conditioning to children while meeting their developmental needs physically, neurologically and cognitively as well. There are currently over 400 gyms offering programs & countless PE as well as athletic programs utilizing the methodology as well. Learn more at CrossFitKids.com.

cfk32.  What ages can participate in the CrossFit Kids programs?
Currently CrossFit Everett offers two age categories, Preschool (or age 3-5) and Kids (ages 5-12). *Please note that placement in the classes is determined as the coach evaluates your child’s individual fitness level and coordination.

CFK23.  What should my child bring/wear?
Each child should have a water bottle labeled with his or her name and should come dressed in clothing appropriate for jumping, running, climbing, and being upside down.

cfk44.  What does a CrossFit Kids class look like?
Classes are held in a group setting where we use functional movements that are constantly varied to develop well-rounded athletes. Classes are primarily game based, incorporating skill work and weighted movements that translate directly into what kids do every day in play: running, jumping, climbing, throwing, pushing and pulling. A typical class usually starts with a warm up, moves into skill work, a workout, and finished with a game. CrossFit Kids’ primary goal is to equate fitness with fun, thereby placing fitness as a priority in life.

cfk55.  Will my child be lifting weights?
Weighted movements are incorporated into CrossFit Kids workouts after the age of five at the discretion of the CrossFit coach. Dumbbells and kettle bells are used as opposed to barbells with children to prevent causing bar path issues and to work with changing coordination in constantly growing children. With kids’ classes, emphasis is placed on perfecting form as opposed to adding weight or performing max lifts.

cfk76.  Is weight lifting safe?
Under appropriate supervision with appropriate form and technique, yes! CrossFit Kids is designed with your child’s utmost safety in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as several independent researchers have both affirmed that lifting weights and impact loading is beneficial to bone development and creates well rounded, strong young athletes and may actually prevent sport injuries.

cfk87.  Are you going to recommend that my child start eating a specific diet?
No. CrossFit Kids encourages whole nutrition, encouraging kids to make the best choices in all situations, including food. We recommend whole foods over processed foods, and believe in helping children distinguish between protein, carbohydrate, and fat as the building blocks they need to fuel their bodies.

288468_1797523951813_3723878_o8.  Do I need to stay during CrossFit Kids classes?
It is preferred that a parent/or guardian stay on the premises at all times. If a rare occasion arises that this is not possible or that one parent will be dropping off a child and the other will be picking him/her up, please inform the coach.

9.  My child is shy. Am I allowed to participate?
Absolutely! You are more than welcome to come and stand by your child as they get used to the class setting. As he or she gets more comfortable we hope that they will begin interacting and participating on their own, but we understand that adjustment time period may be different for everyone.

Lang men warmup

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The first CrossFit Kids class is at CrossFit Everett, this Saturday 6/29. Come at 9:30 am to learn more about CrossFit Kids and have any questions answered. We will talk about class times and age categories, class content and why CFK’s main goal is to equate fitness with fun while helping our kids to win at life!

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At 10 am, we will have a huge CrossFit Kid’s style WOD open to Kids of all ages
(that means everyone)!

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For this first class, if your child wants to WOD, we will need one parent/guardian to WOD with them because of the volume of people expected – while Robyn is an AMAZING person, parent and CrossFit Coach – she is not (yet) Wonder Woman and would appreciate your help with this!

The gym will be closed to regular WODing Saturday starting at 9:00 am since the CrossFit Kids programming will be using the WHOLE gym. If you are not a CrossFit Everett member, you are still welcome – there is no cost to those who are not members of CFE or have never been to our gym before. We will have waivers for you to sign if you would like to participate in the WOD as we welcome everyone and every skill level!

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