CrossFit Kids is a method for teaching CrossFit to children aged 5-18. Based on the principle of Mechanics, Consistency and then Intensity, CrossFit Kids emphasises good movement throughout childhood and adolescence. Consistently good mechanics translates to physical literacy, enhanced sports performance and fewer sports injuries for kids. Not only that, a vast body of research indicates that exercise is beneficial to cognitive function, which means consistent adherence to the program can have a positive impact on children’s academic achievement.
CrossFit Kids is Broad-Inclusive-General FUN. Fun means we provide an active alternative to sedentary pursuits (aka sitting on ones backside), which means less childhood obesity and all-around better health for our children. Further, the needs of second graders and high-school footballers differ by degree and not kind thus the program is scalable for any age or experience level and accounts for the varied maturation status one can find in a class full of kids.
The CrossFit Flourish Kids programme is officially registered with and recognised by CrossFit Kids in the US. Our lead trainers have all completed the CrossFit Kids Trainer course and all have current Blue Cards and First Aid certification.
What does a typical CrossFit Kids class look like?
For those familiar with CrossFit, you might think our classes are all about getting children swinging from gymnastic bars and lifting heavy barbells. In fact, the structure of our classes varies based on a broad age group classification. (Note the age groups are not hard and fast and depend more on individual maturity level and demonstrated physical competence at particular movements.)
Kids (Ages 5-11)
30 minute class where a light load may be introduced via lightweight dumbbells or kettlebells if impeccable form can be demonstrated. The Kids class still comprises a majority of bodyweight/gymnastic movements based around skill development, a wod (workout of the day) and game (if time permits).
Teens (Ages 12-`18)
1 hr class similar in format to an adult class combining all of the elements the CrossFit programme. Barbell movements are introduced (beginning with a broomstick). No additional load is added until impeccable form can be demonstrated. Teens that show particular promise with the olympic weightlifting movements may be invited to join our teens specific barbell club sessions.
How to get your child started?
You are most welcome to visit us when we have a CrossFit Kids class in progress to have a look at how the classes are run. We also offer the opportunity for your child to try out a kids class free of charge. Please email us if you are planning to visit or if your child wishes to trial a session (we appreciate the heads up so we can make sure we have a Trainer available to speak with you – the Kids classes can be pretty hectic otherwise!)
When are the classes on?
Visit our Schedule page for our current gym schedule. Pre-School and Kids classes are offered twice per week and the Teens class is offered 3 times per week. We programme for and run our Kids classes all year round as we believe fitness and the love of movement and activity is something that should be encouraged within our children at all times (just like we do with their parents!), not just during the school term. Your child can attend multiple times per week if desired and as demand grows we anticipate adding additional class times.
What does it cost?
Currently membership is via a 10 Session Pass which is valid for 3 months from date of issue as follows:
Teens $165 for a 10 session pass, or $47.50 per week for an Unlimited Teens membership.
We offer a 10% family discount for second and subsequent children from each family. We also offer a discount for children of adults who hold an Unlimited CrossFit membership with us. If you are an existing box member please get in touch with us to find out the discounted pricing for your child.
The CrossFit Journal – “Child’s Play”
Weight training – Pre-adolescent strength training – Just do it! – Narelle Sibte – Strength & Conditioning Coach, Australian Institute of Sport
Health Check: should children and adolescents lift weights? – Jordan Smith, Lecturer, University of Newcastle