CrossFit KIDS Catonsville! Forging the Future of Fitness

About CrossFit KIDS Catonsville

CrossFit Kids isn’t just a scaled-down version of CrossFit — it is CrossFit, but we program it for a special population, designed to improve their specific neurological, cognitive, and motor developmental needs.

CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specifically designed for kids,  helping them cultivate a lifelong love of fitness. In group settings, children participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and promote well-rounded athleticism.

The CrossFit Kids network of trainers and programs continues to grow because it works. Over 2,000 trainers believe in the methods we use to help get kids healthy, and over 1,100 schools so far have implemented a CrossFit Kids program for their students. From preschools to high schools, after-school programs to full-fledged physical education curricula, CrossFit Kids is being shown to work and work well. CrossFit Kids workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive, general and scalable for every participant’s fitness level.

What does this mean?

CF Kids - Pushup

For the most part, no two workouts are the same, so kids never get bored and the novelty of each workout keeps them excited about participating. Our functional movements involve exercises that are fundamental to all things that kids need to do when they play — pull, push, run, throw, climb, lift and jump. All of these movements are taught safely and effectively under the close supervision of certified CrossFit Kids trainers.

When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive and general, it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes. Therefore, kids in our program have higher chances of success in any sport that they play. We don’t coach them to be good at just one thing, we help them become better at skills that translate into many areas of success.

Instead, our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 intuitive fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. With workouts that are scalable, CrossFit Kids can benefit both people who are less active and accomplished athletes; by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged at their own level, our programs deliver measurable results that translate into personal athletic progress.

Why Do Kids Need Exercise?

CF Kids - SitupAs of 2012, an average of one third of kids were overweight and the extreme form of overweight – Obesity – has increased from 7% to 18% in kids ages 6-11.

The availability of media like TV’s, video games, and iPads has helped keep kids in front of the screen longer – up to 6 hours every day! And if they’re in front of the tube, they aren’t running, jumping, playing, and exercising.

Couple this with the fact that most kids don’t actually know what a healthy body looks and feels like, and you have the makings of a huge problem: Unhealthy Kids.

What About Injury?

The risk of injury for kids doing CrossFit-like programs is much lower than in team sports, which has become the standard for “kids fitness” over the last few decades.

The average injury rate for kids playing traditional sports is 0.8 for every 100 hours spent training or playing. So, if a kid participates 2 hours per day, with weekends off, they would train 522 hours per year. Based on the average, every kid playing team sports will get injured 3-5 times per year.

The average injury rate for kids training in a gym for general fitness under supervision is 0.003 per 100 hours spent training. If we assume the same amount of training as the sports teams, that’s 0.016 injuries per child per year. Yep, less than 1 injury per year on average. You would need to have 100 kids training for 522 hours per year, to see one injury.

In recent years the injury rate in teams sports for kids has gone up 400%; that hasn’t happened in gym-training. I don’t know about you, but to me that is a huge difference.

Next Steps

Ready to get started or have questions we didn’t cover? Send us an email or call us at (443) 963 – 9348! We’ll be happy to help.

The current Kids and Adults schedule can be found here.

The current pricing for all programs can be found here.