Crossfit Kids / IGNITE FAQ

What does a Crossfit kids class look like?

 

Warm Up (0-5min)Easy joint circles, partner or group  games
Game and Lesson (5-15 minutes)First game/activity is designed to demonstrate that they’ve learned the skill or to review skill learned previous week (and be fun of course!)
Teach skill for the day
Main Game or WOD (10 – 20)Workout or game designed for developmental needs and abilities of group
Finishing game (20 – 25)Fun game that ideally uses a previously learned skill, sometimes a Focus Drill (Breathing or attention exercise) depending on energy levels
Cooldown (25 -30)Ask what the students learned in class, in school, light stretching, water

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How do the classes differ for different age ranges?

Early Primary and primary

The programming for early primary focuses on gymnastics movements (primary neurological aspects of fitness such as balance, coordination, proprioception). The workouts are kept short (3 to 6 minutes). If the WODS are longer, they will include a mental element. These non-physical elements allow the students to have rest intervals and practice shifting their attention.

 

The emphasis of the primary classes is very similar to the early primary, with simple, light lifting manipulative (i.e. kettlebell deadlift, kettlebell swing) movements introduced and emphasized in later classes. In early primary (5 to 7) lifting may not be introduced at all.


The emphasis in primary program is always FUN FIRST, meaning that most of the activity in the class should be games which incorporate functional movement, rather than the emphasis being on fitness explicitly.

Intermediate

Like the primary classes, the emphasis on these classes early on is on gymnastic movements, though WODs can be a bit longer (5-12 minutes). Again, most of the longer WODs should include a mental component to act as a rest interval and focus attention. Light lifting movements can be brought in earlier and more often. While the program is a healthy mix of games and WODs, the coach can start to educate on the students on basic movement mechanics and how the movements apply to sport. In other words, how what we are doing in class is important to being healthy and being a better athlete. Emphasizing the sport aspect works particularly well with boys.

High School Programming

High school programming begins to resemble adult programming, as many students’ goals are similar to their parents; to achieve a healthy BMI, to cross-train for other sports, or to pursue Crossfit as a sport. The fun in Crossfit comes from the mental and physical challenge and seeing consistent improvement. While games are used as a warmup and cooldown, they are less central to the programming than the intermediate or primary school programs. In these programs, strength programming can be considered and barbell or dumbbells are used in almost every WOD.


Adding mental challenges into the workouts is still important, as these exercises will help athletes get used to abstract thinking under stress as well as in rapidly shifting attention between cognitive and physical tasks.

 

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