What is CrossFit Kids?
CrossFit Kids is not merely a scaled down version of CrossFit. It is entirely absolutely CrossFit geared and designed for a special population and the specific developmental needs of that population.
-Mikki Lee Martin, CrossFit Kids Co-Founder
CrossFit Kids explores the physical and mental development of kids and teens. With a focus on gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weight training, as well as nutrition and academics, CrossFit Kids hopes to develop kids and teens in the same manner as adults.
The basic definition of CrossFit Kids is what has inspired coaches Jeremy and Cianna Franklin to start CrossFit Kids Meridian. Over the last several months, kids and teens have learned and applied the basic foundational movements of CrossFit. The progress and efficiency of the kids and teens classes are incredible, and it continues to grow each week.
Meeting three times a week, kids ranging in age from 5-17, develop everything from push-ups and sit-ups to pull-ups and handstand push-ups (HSPUs). Each week, kids focus on a different skill whether it is in the instructional class or staying afterwards to practice. A wonderful example of this is one student who was determined to learn HSPUs. On her first day of class she thought she couldn’t even kick into a handstand. By the next class, she was up on the wall with no problem. Over a period of 4-5 weeks, this student went from not knowing how to do a handstand to multiple repetitions of kipping HSPUs! The excitement and energy she had after her first HSPU was amazing! Now that she has learned HSPUs, she has found a new goal to work on…rope climbs.
The pure joy of watching a member of the CrossFit Kids Meridian program accomplish a goal is something every coach takes pleasure in. The coaches here are at CrossFit Kids Meridian focus on goal setting, hard work and integrity with each of their members.
Classes continue to grow in size and demand. CrossFit Kids Meridian now offers three classes, three times a week. If you are interested in checking out a CrossFit Kids class, please contact Jeremy or Cianna Franklin for more information. If you are curious about whether CrossFit Kids is safe and effective for your child, the article Is CrossFit for Kids Safe?, written by Colin Daileda will help answer these questions. This article describes the ups and downs of CrossFit Kids as well as the popularity this program has gained.
CrossFit Kids Meridian in collaboration with CrossFit Meridian looks forward to the continued development of this program. We thank you for your support and hope that you are encouraged to involve your children in the very program that has changed your life as an adult!
Daileda, Colin. (2012). Is CrossFit for Kids Safe?. Washingtonian. Retrieved from