Jeff Martin shows his progression for teaching young kids how to deadlift. Jeff and his wife Mikki run CrossFit Kids. He explains why barbells are less important for kids, how cues like the Angry Gorilla came to be, and why they're so important for teaching kids.
Kids are not just little adults. They don’t think about their bodies the way adults do, so they don’t respond to the same cues. Uniformity, repetition, visual, kinesthetic, and audio cuing are all necessary for teaching kids. Compound that with the group dynamics of a roomful of five to eight year olds, and a special strategy is required.