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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

January 31, 2012

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CrossFit Kids have all the fun: laser beams for elbows, hands that hold up the sky and the dance moves of an Oompa-Loompa.

In this video, Kids Seminar Staff member John Brown explains how to teach the press series: the press, the thruster and the push press. That’s right: thruster before push press.

“Once we sort of set kids in motion with this explosive opening of the hips … the push press is now just a shortened range of… Continue Reading

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In Kids

January 31, 2012

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Mikki Lee Martin describes ways to drill your kids repeatedly without boring them to distraction.

At the CrossFit Kids Trainer Course, we discuss some teaching methodologies based on how kids learn. They learn primarily through imitation and shared attention, and retention is then further enhanced through repetition, novelty and complexity. Novel experiences are more likely to be retained.

Likewise, youngsters with short attention spans learning perishable… Continue Reading

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Sweet Cauliflower Mash

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids

January 24, 2012

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Turn kids on to vegetables when they’re younger and they’ll have a lifetime of healthy eating ahead of them. One way of doing this is by dolling those veggies up with all things fun and delicious.

Turn a bland head of cauliflower into a sweet and crunchy mash and soon your kids will ask you to make them vegetables!

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In Kids

January 23, 2012

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The Games’ first CrossFit Kids Teen Challenge exemplifies what the youth program is all about. Dan Edelman explains.

We are near the end of CrossFit Brand X’s Teen weightlifting class. Fifteen-year-old M. tightens his belt and steps onto the platform. In pursuit of a one-rep max back squat, he has already PR’d, so this 285-lb. attempt is gravy. He positions himself under the bar, lifts it… Continue Reading

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Where Are Your Knees?

By Jeff Martin

In Kids

January 17, 2012

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Jeff Martin explains how and when to cue kids who are squatting in your box.

“Knees out! Knees out!”

If the workout has squats in it and you are in a CrossFit box, you will hear this cue—or you should hear it—being yelled out throughout the WOD. When we teach the mechanics of the squat, we discuss that the knees must be in line with the feet. This is the most efficient and safest… Continue Reading

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Squash This

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids

January 10, 2012

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Getting kids to eat vegetables isn’t as easy as it sounds—but some vegetables are easier than others. This recipe puts a spin on roasted butternut squash and gives it a little kick! Watch the red pepper flakes if you don’t like it too spicy.

This recipe is a great carbohydrate side dish to serve with lean protein and a hearty helping of leafy greens.

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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

January 05, 2012

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Get a peak inside a CrossFit Kids Trainer Course with John Brown of CrossFit Kids. In this segment, Brown explains how to teach the squat to preschoolers, kids and teens.

“These kids cues work great across all spectrums of client, whether it be the 3-year-old or the 73-year-old who’s never exercised before,” Brown says. “It’s really easy to get somebody even if they’re brand new off the street to… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Kids “Switch”

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

January 03, 2012

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Mikki Lee Martin explains a simple game that’s been getting rave reviews at CrossFit Brand X.

Sometimes the simplest things are the most engaging for kids. Think empty refrigerator carton vs. expensive, high-tech toy.

We recently tried this game with our CrossFit Kids classes, and the kids responded by asking for it over and over again. It is easily adjustable for all age groups by varying the difficulty of the exercises.

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