Kids Can CrossFit Too!

Josh and Aubri MacDonald coach both our Advanced and Beginner CrossFit kids classes.  Josh is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and works at AZOPT with Ryann and Teri Roberts.

Josh and Aubri MacDonald coach both our Advanced and Beginner CrossFit kids classes. Josh is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and works at AZOPT with Ryann and Teri Roberts.

At CrossFit Fury we have a pretty well developed kids program. From age four through high school we have programs to get kids active and moving. We use the methodology of CrossFit to develop kids whoare stronger, faster and more coordinated. But our programming is not just a scaled version of the adult classes. We plan our classes and program sessions according to the developmental needs of kids at each developmental stage.

Our primary goal is make each child the healthiest and best athlete possible. Combining that with the knowledge of the developmental progression helps us make classes that are fun, challenging and designed to constantly improve their level of fitness.

Classes are centered around a warm up, learning a skill and/or lift, a wod and usually wrapped up with a fun game.

Classes are centered around a warm up, learning a skill and/or lift, a wod and usually wrapped up with a fun game.

The Elementary Class is designed for kids from 4-8 years old. These kids are learning basic body awareness and coordination. They don’t yet understand verbal cues well, so we coach with more creative cues and imaginative play to get them moving well (e.g. a front rack position uses pretend lasers in the elbows that need to point straight ahead to shoot the coach). We use lots of body weight movements (jumping, squats, animal walks, etc) to develop strength and body control. The use of weights or other objects is limited until they learn how to move efficiently and safely. We would rather see perfect quality with little or no weight than bad form with weight that is too challenging.

The Advanced Class is for students from 9 years-old through 8th Grade. In this class we begin to teach more of the complex movements and skills. We work on more technical gymnastic movements as well as barbell and dumbbell movements that require more strength and coordination. We still require excellent form before adding weight. Kids bodies learn during every rep of a movement and we don’t want them learning any bad form. This is the class where kids are introduced to olympic lifting as well as more of the power lifts. These athletes are also pushed a little harder and they learn just how hard their bodies can work.

Deana and Will run our Student Athlete program which has grown steadily over the last year.

Deana and Will run our Student Athlete program which has grown steadily over the last year.

The Student Athlete class is for high schoolers looking to take their fitness to another level. They lift heavier, workout out a little longer, and ratchet up the intensity even further. While their bodies are still not fully developed and ready to be turned loose just yet, they can begin to work on barbell complexes and workouts that are even more taxing. These kids are expected to follow the standard cues and demonstrate quality movements before they can add weight to the bar.

The workouts for all of the kids classes are designed to develop coordination, strength, speed, and mental toughness. We take into careful consideration their limitations and unique needs based on the age of the class and we program skills and workout that will help them become skilled athletes. If you have a child and are interested in one of our classes, then ask at the front desk or talk to Josh or Deana. We look forward to forging the next generation into amazing athletes.