Welcome to Central Bucks CrossFit Kids
What is CrossFit Kids?
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 of that population (nuerological, cognitive, motor).
CrossFit Kids is the principal strength and conditioning program for many young athletes and the primary P.E. program for many home schools, charter schools. It is used by athletic teams, martial arts schools and many parents that want their kids to grow up healthy, strong and have a lifelong 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.
Kids Schedule and Rates
Our CrossFit Kids program is for children ages 5-11 years old. Class times are as follows:
Monday – 5:15-6:00pm
Thursday – 5:15-6:00pm
Saturday – 10:15-11:00am
$100/month for 1 child
$150/month for 2 children
$115/month for 3 or more children
Punchcard for 10 sessions: $100 – can be used at any class
Kids drop-in rate – $20
Membership entails 2x’s week classes. We offer 3 class times throughout the week, this gives you a choice for 2 of those days. It does not have to be the same 2 days every week.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can Central Bucks CrossFit Kids benefit my child?
Central Bucks CrossFit Kids enhances a child’s motor skills by teaching better movement and cognitive skills through engaging children to think about their movement, count their reps, remember the sequences, and work towards goals. CrossFit Kids augments a child’s involvement in sports by incorporating strength training and conditioning to make our CrossFit athletes better athletes at any sport.
In addition to increasing a child’s fitness and athleticism, Central Bucks CrossFit Kids:
makes fitness FUN, not work! With a variety of skills and games, your child will find that exercise is something to look forward to.
encourages proper nutrition. Your child will learn about making the right nutritional choices for themselves. Food is our fuel and your child will learn about the types of food their body needs to be healthy.
creates an encouraging atmosphere for your child with reassuring words and great energy. All exercises will be scaled to the ability of the child.
instills a lifelong definition of health and positive body image.
reverses prevalent health issues such as obesity.
protects against injury.
creates a community of like-minded individuals for support, self-confidence, and team work. We are not trying to compete with each other, but rather work together toward a common goal, cheering on our teammates and offering support.
hones life skills such as concentration, problem solving, perseverance, dedication, motivation, and goal-setting.
Central Bucks CrossFit Kids is functional fitness designed to benefit our young athletes throughout their lives.
How will you run CrossFit Kids classes?
Our job as coaches is to make exercise fun and to help children move better–safer and more effectively–to prepare them for the rest of their lives. A certified, insured coach will supervise and run kids classes. Classes are set up to include a warmup, skill work, workout, and game using the skills. This makes learning and exercise fun!
What can I do as a parent?
We encourage parents to support their children and the class, stay and spectate from the sidelines, cheer, participate in CrossFit adult classes, help their children maintain consistency in CrossFit attendance, and provide healthy meals at home and for school. Healthy meals consist of protein, carbohydrate, and fat at every meal. The tenets we follow are: lots of lean meat, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, and no grains. These foods are the optimal fuel for the most sophisticated machines: our bodies. We emphasize the importance of unprocessed, real foods in balanced proportions. Scientific studies and personal trial and error among ourselves and our athletes have found that these dietary choices make us feel good, improve our physical and mental performance, and enhance our physical and mental health. We also insist that parents of our underage athletes inform us of medical conditions and allergies that may impact a child’s health, performance, and capability.
What is inappropriate behavior for parents?
Generally, we would like parents to resist the urge to interrupt class or counter our training expertise. Behavior we would like parents to avoid includes but is not limited to the following: shouting cues to children, encouraging rivalry and competition, encouraging risky behavior, encouraging bad form, encouraging heavier weights, choosing weights, arguing with coaches during class, stealing child’s attention and focus, interrupting class, infringing upon class space, bringing children late to class or pulling them out early (exception: emergency situation), criticism of children or coaches, overriding coaches’ decisions, or bringing sick kids to class. CrossFit Kids should be a fun experience for kids and their parents, so we want to keep it that way!
What is inappropriate behavior for children?
Generally, we would like children to maintain self control and not act against the coaches’ instructions. Inappropriate behavior for children includes but is not limited to: inappropriately distracting others during class, not listening to the coaches’ instructions, disobeying coaches’ instructions, disrespecting others, disrespecting equipment, creating a dangerous environment for self and others, criticizing others, or acting without own or other children’s safety in mind. CrossFit Kids should be fun, so we want to keep it that way for everyone!
At the request of CrossFit’s founders, Greg and Lauren Glassman, CrossFit Kids was launched in 2004 at Brand X, and is now being instituted at hundreds of CrossFit affiliate locations around the world.
The format of the program is simple, but not simplistic. Research and development is an ongoing process wherein new concepts are investigated, implemented and evaluated.
CrossFit Kids combines elements of gymnastics, body weight calisthenics, and weightlifting to optimize use of the ten general physical skills: cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina strength, speed, power, flexibility, agility, coordination, accuracy, and balance.
Additional elements that encourage bone density development cross body movements, and exercises that involve the vestibular system are incorporated to take advantage of the window of opportunity for peak development in both children and teens.
These elements are combined in a way to keep children engaged and having fun, while introducing them to properly executed functional movements as well as creating a foundation for optimization of athletic performance and health. Nutrition is discussed as well, and good food choices are encouraged within our supportive community.
CrossFit Kids is a progressive program addressing the developmental needs of younger kids, continuing into teens/advanced and eventually matriculation into adult CrossFit classes.
Our CrossFit Kids classes begin with a warm up, then Focus or Skill work, a workout, and then followed by an exercise intensive game.
CrossFit & CrossFit Kids is the optimal fitness program addressing all ten general physical skills within the context of a variety of functional movements, performed at high intensity. Again, these 10 general skills are: 1) Cardio/respiratory endurance, 2) Stamina, 3) Speed, 4) Flexibility, 5) Strength, 6) Power, 7) Coordination, 8) Agility, 9) Accuracy, 10) Balance.
However, without the synergy of changes to food intake (content and volume), both child’s and adult’s physical progress may be exceptional but will surely be muted.
For the most part, children do not purchase their own food. We do it for them. In this way, parents have a great deal of control over what kids eat. This is an important aspect of the lifelong health of a child, over which a parent has a direct impact. You are instrumental in the health of your child to the extent that you do or do not intervene with their dietary choices.
We highly encourage you and your child to investigate dietary options to support their optimal health. Follow the simple rules below:
Sane Nutrition for Kids in 150 Words
Our goal with kids isn’t to get them to go pure paleo, but rather 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 seed are good fats. Eat them, don’t avoid them. Pasta, white bread and rice are not that good for you. Stuff that’s red, yellow, and green and found in the fruit and vegetable aisle are good for you.
Look at your plate, make a fist, and eat that much meat at every meal. Turn your hand over and fill it with nuts and/or seeds and 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.
– Content courtesy of CrossFit Kids