It’s a familiar story: members start bringing their kids to a CrossFit gym, and suddenly there’s an obvious demand for a CrossFit Kids program.
Ameer Lambert-Smith is involved in the kids program at CrossFit Vitality in North Carolina, and he talks about what drew him to coaching young CrossFitters, as well as some of the modifications he uses with them.
Lambert-Smith also addresses some of the standard questions about running a program for kids: what’s a good coach-athlete ratio and how do you deal with differences in age?
Of course, CrossFit Kids really always comes back to making fitness fun.
“If the children are working out, in the long run they’re going to be happier (and) the adults are going to be happy. It’s good for anyone at any age to start working out,” Lambert-Smith says.
Additional reading: Mind the Gap by Mikki Lee Martin with Keegan Lee Martin, published Feb. 21, 2012.