CrossFit Kids founders Jeff and Mikki Martin were recently contacted by Good Morning America to provide some insight on their program philosophy. Here is the video:
Here is the statement we delivered to Good Morning America:
When training preschoolers or elementary-age kids, looking for max weight lifted or fastest times on a workout is inappropriate and outside the intent and recommendations of CrossFit Kids.
Because CrossFit Kids focuses on mechanics and is based on long-term athletic development, we are always teaching proper movement patterns. This means no loads are introduced and intensity remains deemphasized until the child performs safe and efficient movement consistently.
When load is introduced, we adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. We are also aware of the positions of the National Strength and Conditioning Association; the UK Strength and Conditioning Association; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, among others.
Our methods are based on longstanding research in exercise science and allied fields, and we do our best to keep abreast of new research that can help us continue to refine our methods.
Regarding safety, we teach proper and safe functional movements in progressions that have a stepwise increase in difficulty designed to work over years. Our intention is to make children safer in their daily lives, such as when lifting a backpack or on the field of play when they have to run, cut, jump, etc.
Again, our focus is on movement; that is what we coach. A CrossFit Kids trainer should never tell children to lift more or move faster, but should always be teaching them how they can move more safely and efficiently.