CrossFit Kids 57 North
- CrossFit Kids 57 North
CrossFit 57 North is delighted to announce we have been given the green light to become a registered CrossFit Kids affiliate. Therefore this Saturday 21st, at 0900-1000hrs, we will be holding a free taster session for kids between the ages of 7-12 with a view to implementing regular classes from January onwards.
This program is something we here have been enthusiastically proceeding towards for some time now. We are passionate about introducing our youngsters to functional movement and a healthy lifestyle and look forward to being part of an active youth development program.
The CrossFit Kids program aim is to – “……educate children and teens about functional fitness and inspire them to it. We believe these will be the foundational experiences our children require to embark on lifelong journeys of wellness that will enable them to effectively perform simple yet necessary tasks well into their adult years.” – CrossFit Kids.
CrossFit kids combines gymnastics, body-weight calisthenics and weightlifting elements to develop capacity across Jim Cawley and Bruce Evans 10 General Physical Skills. These include:
- Cardiovascular and respiratory endurance – the ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen
- Stamina – the ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
- Flexibility – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
- Strength – the ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units to apply force.
- Agility – the ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
- Balance – the ability to control the placement of the body’s centre of gravity in relation to its support base.
- Speed – the ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
- Power – the ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
- Coordination – the ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movements.
- Accuracy – the ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
The above come with an additional focus on elements that encourage bone density and vestibular system development. However it must be stressed that although CrossFit, the Kids program is geared and designed for a special population and the specific developmental needs of that population. For CrossFit Kids it is imperative to pair fitness with fun; and thus create a lifelong love of health and fitness for our children.
Why work out? Exercise and brain function
Research indicates that exercise can enhance scholastic performance. In 2005, New Scientist reported that walking three times a week for as little as half an hour improves learning, concentration and abstract reasoning by 15 percent. The same article cites a UK study in which 10-11 year olds who exercised 3-4 times a week achieved higher than average grades on their exams. So how much exercise is required to experience positive brain stimulus? Scientists have yet to place a value on the amount of exercise needed for cognitive benefits but what is certain, is that exercise increases blood flow, thereby delivering nutrients and oxygen to brain cells at a higher rate. This increased blood flow can cause cerebral blood vessels to grow larger, creating a healthier, more efficient brain. Perhaps more importantly, exercise aids in the generation and retention of nerve cells and neural pathways.
Why work out? Body control
If anyone knows anybody who trained in gymnastics or Olympic weightlifting as a child, I am sure you will agree that their body movement and control is impressive. Introducing and maintaining youngsters to exercise through fitness and healthy nutrition (as well as to master their own body-weight and control external objects), is incredibly beneficial to an enhanced quality of life. The skills youngsters can learn with the Kids program can cross-over to improve not only their cognitive and sports performance, but also to their daily quality of life in everyday pursuits.
Important Safety Note: Start slow. Yes, we want the kids to work hard, but we never demand children to work harder or faster during a workout. This is a critically important point: With children, we always privilege good movement over speed.
(1) We do not want them so sore the next day that they are hurting.
(2) It is our long-standing experience that when children move well consistently over time, they will eventually move faster safely.
Our coach who will be spearheading the program will be Paddy Esler. Paddy is an ex Royal Navy PTI with over 22 years’ service. Many of you will already recognise Paddy as a regular from the beginning at 57 North both at classes and coaching on the weekends. Paddy has been hard at work over the past few months having attended the CrossFit Kids coaching certification, and subsequently delved into and immersed himself with the practice and methodology. Paddy is a fitness and health enthusiast and possesses a natural affinity with youngsters; being able to inject fun and enjoyment into all his endeavours. He will be I am sure, an excellent mentor for the young to learn from.
Assisting Paddy will be Stacey Brown. Stacey has also been training at CrossFit 57 North from the beginning and has been on the coaching scene for some time now. In addition to her various other adult fitness classes, she has been a coach at the Fyrish Gymnastic Club for over 3 years.
Questions and booking
If you would like your child to take part in this weekend’s taster or are interested in starting them in the New Year, please get in touch through the below contact details. If anyone has any questions or require further information, we would be delighted to help:
Tel: 01463 237621