At a Level 1 Cert, trainers break the med-ball clean down into five easily digestible steps. When training kids, you have to break things down even further.
With a complicated movement like the clean, it’s not practical to go through a host of progressions that will only confuse and frustrate the kid. Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids says you only need a few simple and clear cues designed to encourage the most essential parts of the movement—in this case, hip extension.
His cues for the clean: dip-shrug and drop-stand. It’s that simple.
“You’ll have one kid in a hundred that’ll fully extend, do everything right,” Martin says. “Everyone else is going to be a mess, and you’re going to work with it, because that’s the way it is. They’re kids.”
He adds: “That’s how the process is with kids: we have a long time to fix things before we expect them to be perfect.”
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: The Inherent Responsibilities of Training Children and Teens by Jeff Martin and Cyndi Rodi, published July 1, 2008.