You can lecture a kid about deadlifts and lumbar and thoracic extension, or you can just tell him or her to show you the “angry-gorilla back.”
Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids speaks a language kids understand, and he uses it to help young CrossFitters get fit safely. In this video from a CrossFit Kids Certification, Martin teaches attendees how to get children to deadlift properly with very basic instructions.
Martin has developed a simple deadlift progression, the key piece of which comes from the zoo: saying “angry-gorilla back” helps kids envision exactly what they need to do each time they pull anything off the floor, whether it’s a barbell or a backpack.
Video by Again Faster
Additional reading: Will CrossFit Make American Kids Smarter? by Lisa Bakshi, published Jan. 26, 2009.