How Can I get my kids Started?
All kids get their first Jersey Devil CrossFit Kids class FREE to see if they like the program. All our classes are run and supervised by a certified, insured coach. You can purchase a 10 class pass for your child for just $100.00!
How can CrossFit Benefit My Child?
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 or teen'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 or teen's fitness and athleticism, CrossFit Kids:
- 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 and self-confidence
- Hones life skills such as concentration, problem solving, perseverance, dedication, motivation, and goal-setting
CrossFit Kids is functional fitness designed to benefit our young athletes throughout their lives.
Is Weight Training Safe for youth?
You probably want to know whether weight training is safe for kids. We believe it is, when done under proper supervision. In fact, we’ve found research showing it’s safer than a lot of other sports out there. Not only that, but we believe it’s a great way for kids to learn athletic fundamentals, improve the way they move, and develop neural pathways that will help them down the road.
To be clear, we’re not talking about max lifts or pushing kids to exhaustion. Not by a long shot. Our first order of business is safety, and we focus on proper form. With the younger kids, we oftentimes don’t ask them to use weights at all. Below we’ve included links to some articles on the subject, but we also encourage you to do your own research.
What is good nutrition for my kids?
Our goal for kids isn't to get them hooked on some special diet, but instead to get the nutrition conversation started. We want our children to be able to think and make good choices about what they eat by teaching them the very basic concepts: sugar is bad, protein is good (eat some at every meal), nuts and seeds are good fats (theres no need to avoid them), pasta and white bread aren't that good for you, eat fruits and vegetables that are all different colors (they're really good for you).
We tell our kids to look at their plate, make a fist and eat that much meat or chicken or fish at each meal; turn your hand over and fill it with nuts and seeds, eat that much good fat; fill the rest of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Try to eat this way as much as you can and you're on your way to great nutrition.
What is Functional Fitness?
To determine what functional fitness is lets first determine what it is not. Unfortunately, the majority of the fitness community is gravely missing the mark when it comes to functionality and is misleading the public. Functional has become an overused term and has been butchered by the commercial fitness industry. It's been applied to any number of useless movements produced on grossly overpriced equipment and an unlimited supply of infomercial gizmos and gadgets. Add to this the propensity toward muscle-specific weight training, and we have a fitness culture of great looking but functionally useless machines and human specimens. The sad truth is the ability required to complete a repetition of any one of these movements lacks any parallel to reality. If we can’t use it for daily life, common sense would tell us it is not functional exercise.
Functional exercise replicates functional movement, that is, the movements we use to get things done in our daily lives. Standing from a seated position, placing things overhead, pulling ourselves up, throwing, running, picking things up - these are all functional movements. A functional fitness regimen utilizes functional exercises to address and enhance our ability to successfully complete these types of everyday tasks. Functional exercise allows our bodies to perform the way in which they were engineered. Squats, push ups, pull ups, deadlifts, box jumps, broad jumps, running - these are but a few of the tools in the CrossFit arsenal. Our goal at CrossFit Kids is to educate and enthuse children and teens about functional fitness. We believe these will be the foundational experiences our children require to embark on lifelong journeys of wellness which will enable them to effectively perform simple, yet necessary tasks well into their adult years. Our dream is to foster generations of healthy, fit individuals who require limited assistance and enjoy freedom of movement and activity throughout their life spans. Always functional, never boring, CrossFit Kids resolves the issues of our sedentary, noxious lifestyles. Working the body according to the way it was designed, we are training a generation to take responsibility for their health via the path of least resistance.