Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 5.4.2014

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Good morning CFTP,

It was a blast getting together with a few of you yesterday, not only for my bachelor party during the day, but also for the Beast Mode last night. Thank you for all that you do and for being amazing friends.

Today, we have a huge development at CFTP. We are bringing in a Kid’s Program. Coach LaDee just has been certified as a CrossFit Kid’s Instructor and has put together a program for our children at CFTP. Every child should enjoy fitness and this is the best way to get them there.

THIS PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY! We will be doing Kid’s classes at 4 PM Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Monday and Wednesday classes will be for the 3-6 year old age group. The Tuesday and Thursday classes will be for the 6-12 year old age group. The Saturday class will be 11 am for 3-6 year olds and 11:30 am will be for 6-12 year olds. Coach Michelle Newman will continue to teach our kids on Saturdays and we are lucky to have Coach Jaimee joining us as a Kid’s instructor as well. She just completed a very successful Saturday Kid’s Day yesterday and is ready to coach your children!

Along with this Kid’s program we will be adding a Teen class at 6:30 PM Monday-Thursday! Coach Nate Isham will be there to help your teens grow in confidence and in strength. He can’t wait to get your kids fit and ready for all the many activities they already enjoy.

The CrossFit Kid’s program will be $40 for the first child and for every child after that it will be $20 a month. The Teens will remain at $55 a month!

Below is what LaDee plans to do with your kids in depth. It explains a little bit about the kid’s program and what you can expect from CFTP in this aspect. This is for all of you!

Coach LaDee Dangerfield:

I had the pleasure of going to Montrose, CO for the CrossFit kids certification last weekend.  I went into the class with the mindset of getting this silly certification so that we can host some CrossFit kids competitions at our gym (a requirement of CrossFit Headquarters), but I walked away with a whole new perspective on coaching kids. The entire weekend was spent reiterating the goal of CrossFit kids: to have fun and be successful!  The goal of CF kids is to set up our kids for a lifetime of enjoying exercise and activity.  Along with that, they get benefits that we don’t even think about as parents.

First off, let’s dispel the rumors that even I was guilty of before attending this class:

Myth #1: Crossfit Kids is merely a scaled-down version of the adult class.

The goal of CF kids is to set up our kids for a lifetime of enjoying exercise and activity.  This is done in a very methodical programming technique in which every kid is successful every time they leave the gym. CF kids combines gymnastics, body weight calisthenics and, eventually, weight lifting elements. Children and teens have a great opportunity to maximize their physical skills when exposed to stimulus during years of peak development.  The elements are combined to keep children engaged and entertained, while teaching them proper movement mechanics, thus creating a lifelong love of health and fitness for our children.

Many studies have shown that kids that participate in activities in which they are not merely standing upright improves vestibular balance within the inner ear (allowing the body to maintain balance). CF kids promotes this with gymnastics moves, bear crawls, and a multiple of other movements.

Myth #2: Exercise and weight lifting will harm children if done too young.

Contrary to popular belief that weightlifting will provoke growth plate injuries causing our children to become “misshapen dwarves,” this is not what we see with CF kids.  Instead, we see strong, lean, healthy kids who standout in PE class and are able to adapt to a wide range of sports.  Numerous studies have shown a direct link between physical activity and increased bone mineral density which is accomplished through impact movements (box jumps, running, and burpees, to name a few) and weight training. These studies also say that exercise provides the best long term benefit when it is initiated before puberty. Fifty percent of bone growth peaks before adolescence. By the time people are in there 30’s they have all the bone they will ever have and actually will begin to lose it gradually. Reports also indicate that youth resistance training may improve motor performance skills, reduce injuries by protecting muscles and joints, boost heart and lung function, and lower cholesterol. Weightlifting injuries are more commonly seen with improper lifting technique, maximal lifts and improperly supervised lifts, none of which are allowed in CF Kids.

Myth #3: Crossfit is only for kids that are involved in sports and athletics.

Although CF kids has numerous athletic benefits, physical activity has also been proven to aid in the formation of memory, leading to academic success.  Classroom success increases when children are physically active. In fact, most CF kids gyms have a study room in which kids bring homework and work on it right after they have finished their workout. Research suggests the real advantages of exercise comes from commitment to regular activity, a “dose” relationship exists in that, increased amounts of exercise lead to heightened brain enhancement.

Myth #4: Kids that are in a competitive environment will always be harder on themselves and lack self- esteem when compared to their peers.

As a member of the Crossfit community, we learn to not only respect the gym and its equipment, but we also learn to encourage and respect ourselves and others. We have all seen or been a part of cheering an athlete on to finish those very last reps through sweat and tears.  It’s no different with the CF kids. They learn to take the focus off themselves and encourage others, to be a part of community that encourages engagement through positive experiences, motivation, better learning and of course, more fun!

As a parent myself who’s kids have been actively involved in crossfit, I encourage you to get your kids involved.  Tell your friends and family and come enjoy the road to promoting an active, healthy and lifelong love for exercise with our kids.  There is no greater gift you can give them!

 

Thank you LaDee and I am really excited to get your children as active as you are.

Coach Dan

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