CrossFit Kids (CFK) combines gymnastics, body weight calisthenics, and weightlifting
elements to develop capacity across ten general physical skills: cardio-respiratory
endurance, power, strength, stamina, speed, agility, flexibility, balance, accuracy, and
coordination. Additional elements encourage bone density development, cross body
movements and exercises that involve the vestibular system. Children and teens have a
greater opportunity, relative to adults, to maximize their physical skills when exposed to
this stimulus during years of peak development. The elements are combined to keep
children engaged and entertained, while teaching them proper movement technique and
creating a broad athletic foundation. Nutrition is also discussed as the basis of athletic
performance and health. For CFK, it is imperative to pair fitness and fun, to create a
lifelong love of health and fitness for our children.
CFK is an evolving program, where new concepts are investigated, implemented and
evaluated. CFK is a progressive program offering classes in the following age groups:
1.) Preschool (ages 3-5)
2.) Kids (ages 6-12)
3.) Teens (pages 13-17)
- Following this, teenagers matriculate into adult CrossFit classes or “Main
page CrossFit;” following CrossFit.com.
The class structure across the age groups is generally the same. Preschool and Kids classes
include a warm-up, skill work, a workout, and an exercise-intensive game. Teen classes are
similar, but sometimes include post-workout study. Research has found that there is an
optimal learning capacity of the brain for 20-40 minutes after exercise.
Expectations and Parental Support
Kids may attend as often as they can and want. If your child has a sports practice schedule,
please speak with a CFK trainer to evaluate their schedule and to see where to incorporate
CFK. We recommend CrossFit training be maintained even during sports season; you can
discuss a “maintenance” schedule with your trainer.
Please bring or purchase water, so that your children can stay well-hydrated. Provide
layered clothing for changes in temperature, and athletic shoes (preferably flat converse-
style). Shoes must be tied normally. Jewelry, belts, etc. should be minimal.
Speak with the trainer to let them know how they may best provide care for your child.
Especially let them know if there are any special needs or medications of which they need
to be aware. Changes in health status should also be discussed.
Below are some rules that we must enforce as a CrossFit community to best protect your
1.) Walk your child inside the building for the start of the class, and come inside the
building to pick them up.
2.) Bring your child to the designated Kids area, where the Head Coach will meet them
and take them onto the gym floor for the day’s class.
3.) Immediately notify the Head Coach if you see anyone in the parking lot or in the gym
that does not belong there.
4.) Unless pre-arranged with the Head Coach, the child is only allowed to go home with
whoever drops them off.
5.) Sign your child in and out with the Head Coach so we can ensure that they are going
home with the appropriate person.
6.) Payment is month to month, and due the first of each month.
7.) A waiver, signed by a parent or legal guardian, is required for each child before they
are allowed to participate in a class.
8.) Ensure your child has a bottle of water, or a bottle that can be filled up at the
drinking fountain. (Don’t forget to put their name on it!)
9.) Ensure your children are wearing clothes appropriate for running, jumping, rolling,
pulling, swinging, climbing, crawling, throwing, and being upside-down.
10.) If you choose to stay and watch the class (which we hope you do!) please no
coaching your child.
11.) Children with disciplinary problems: first warning=free of consequence, second
warning=sit out the first two minutes of the Game, third warning=go to the parent.
12.) Finally, please make the Head Coach aware of any special needs for your child that
may facilitate their individual safety, learning and growth, such as medications,
illness, physical/mental limitations, injury, sports, etc.
Graduation within the Program
Trainers will determine when children are ready to move from one program to the next.
This will differ for each child: the age recommendations for each program are just that.
When a child is ready to move on to the next class, a graduation certificate will be awarded;
the trainer will advise the parents; and the child may attend the new class. There are three
primary elements that are evaluated: physical capacity, behavioral ability/control, and
safety. In some cases, physical size can also be a factor. Many children excel in one area
but not in another. Graduation is at our discretion, and we attempt to place all children in
the appropriate class. In some cases, kids do not fit well in any class at the time of
assessment. Private Training is also available for these children.
Weightlifting and Children
Weightlifting is both safe and beneficial for children when properly supervised. Please
refer to the articles in the “Resources” section for more information. Also, please visit
CrossFit.com and CrossFitKids.com for more information about the program.
Safety and Child Weightlifting:
Policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2008. Pediatrics. 121(4), April.
Policy statement of Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. 2008. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 33:
Policy statement of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 2009. Journal of Strength and Conditioning
Research, 23(5): 560-579. August.
Kids & Weightlifting: Dispelling the Myths. 2008. CrossFit Kids Magazine (CFKM), 27. February.
Link: http://catalog.brandxmartialarts.com/pub/ CFKKids&WeightLiftingFeb2008.pdf
The inherent Responsibilities of training Children and Teens.
Articles by Avery Faigenbaum.
The Paleo Diet is a way of eating in the modern age that best mimics diets of our hunter-
gatherer ancestors: combinations of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. By
eating the foods that we are genetically adapted to eat, followers of the Paleo Diet are
naturally lean, have acne-free skin, improved athletic performance, and experience relief
from numerous metabolic-related and autoimmune diseases. This truly is the world’s
healthiest diet. We recommend the same eating habits for your children as we recommend
for you; Paleo. Here are some useful points to help your family enjoy eating healthy and
1.) You are in control. Your kids cannot eat what you don’t buy.
2.) Hunger rules. They will eat what you give them if they are hungry enough. No child
with food on their plate has ever starved.
3.) Education. Tell them why they should eat this way. If you are also eating healthy,
they will want to imitate your diet.
4.) Cook together. Have your children help you cook to get them involved in the
process, and also in what they are eating and serving.
5.) Lie if you have to! Tell friends or family that your children have gluten or wheat
allergies so they are fed well outside of your house.
6.) Fish oil. Fish oil is important for adults and children. The recommended doses per
day of fish oil are:
- .5 g for preschool-aged children
- 1 g for kids
- 3 g for teens
CrossFit Revelation CFK Emergency Card
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activities, through video, camera and digital camera, to be used solely for the
purposes of CrossFit, CrossFit Kids and/or CrossFit Revelation promotional material
publications and/or website, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership
thereto. Last names of minors will not be given or posted on the internet or website.
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