CrossFit Squamish Kids aged 3-18!

Our kids program is designed for a special population: those with rapidly growing bodies and minds. The effect of training in a supportive and well-structured environment has profound effects on their bodies, their confidence and the formation of healthy fitness habits and knowledge. Our groups are co-ed "Minis" 3-4 years old (Thursdays 4:30-5pm), co-ed "Monster Minis" 5-8 years old (Thursdays 5:05-5:35pm), Jayde's girls 9-12 years olds (Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm), Jayde's girls 13-17 years old (Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm), Pre-teen boys 9-12 years old (Wednesdays 5:30-6:15pm), coed Teen Lifting Program 13-18 years old (Monday and Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm with an additional conditioning day optional). Our fall semester details are now posted on our blog on the COMMUNITY page above!

CROSSFIT KIDS

  • Kids learn how to control their bodies and external object safely, find their physical capacities, and re-discover those capacities when they suddenly grow a few inches!
  • By learning functional movement patterns at an early age they are setting neural pathways that make those movements natural. This helps to prevent postural imbalances and injury.
  • They learn how to be proud of themselves, and have regular opportunity to achieve small wins. They are regularly presented with new tasks or revisit tasks they have performed before. This gives them the opportunity to problem solve or try to better their previous performance.
  • The kids learn to work together in pairs, teams and as individuals. It is important that kids are able to work as part of a team as a means of supporting each other and learning how they can contribute to a task. They also learn to be accountable for completing tasks or workloads in individual workouts. Very few sports give kids the opportunity to be part of a team and still require them to work hard as an individual.
  • Skills taught in our kids program include: staying together as a group (3-4 years olds!), how to warm up for fitness, squats, box jumps, gymnastic skills (pullup bar work, ring work, hanstands), burpees, skipping, sprinting, kettlebells and an introduction to barbell movements for the older kids.

CrossFit Teens

Our teen class is a special niche. These kids, aged 13-18 years old, can train up to 4 days a week at 3:45pm for an hour. The programming is a variation of the adult CrossFit classes with a little bit of “CrossFit Kids” adaptation because they are still “big kids”! The volume of training in the hour is reduced compared to the adult programming and an extra heavy emphasis is placed on form.

Their bodies are growing rapidly and the varied functional movement patterns and skills of CrossFit allow them to maintain a healthy and well-balanced joint and muscular system. The strength they gain supports good posture that can be maintained through life. This is important while they are in a phase of their lives where sitting is a large portion of their day. Teaching their bodies to be strong and flexible is imperative to everything they do: injury prevention in sport, balancing out weaknesses that develop in their other sport specific skills, and maintaining good posture if they go into a career that requires them to sit, drive or use their bodies in varied positions.

We also strongly believe that it is important for teens to be in a positive supportive community environment outside of school. They are surrounded by healthy fit adults (coaches and other gym members) who demonstrate a passion for fitness. We are proud to be one of few sport environments where girls and boys work alongside each other or together at tasks. At CrossFit Squamish we work hard to neutralize gender and age. This creates a strong culture of respect for hard work regardless of demographic.

Because of the technical nature of the movement patterns in our teen programming they are required to complete our regular CrossFit Foundations prior to starting. This also allows them to join regular adult classes once they are done Foundations on days they can't make their teen class time. During the 8 week summer break they also join regular classes to allow for flexibility with summer work and travel plans. Their first teen pass for Foundations commences on the 2nd day of Foundations (class 1 is free), includes the Foundations group classes (make up sessions are extra) and continues to cover their teen or regular CrossFit classes until the end of that month period.

“ ...I love to see how CrossFit has improved her ability to excel at a sport she loves. Just amazing ”
- Kylie’s mom