Kids can be a handful, but they need to have fun and be active just like adults do. Have you thought about adding a CrossFit program for those kiddos at your Box?
At True Glory CrossFit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, programming is offered for kids aged seven to 12 and teens from 13 to 18. However, when it comes to designing successful programming, that’s a different story.
Affiliate Jonathan Burgard offered up 10 tips to make your kids’ program a huge hit:
- If you don’t love children, don’t put yourself in a position where you coach kids. Don’t even create a kids’ program. You won’t be successful.
- Be yourself. Kids know when you’re putting on a facade and they don’t like it. Make sure to remain true to who you are.
- Be up-to-date with current kids’ movies and cultures. Kids are Internet savvy these days, as well as always watching movies. Be current on what those kids love to watch so you can apply it to your lessons.
- Kids love adults who act like them sometimes. Grown men or women who can do voices of popular characters or cartoons, and who put themselves out there as zany or goofy at times, can connect with children.
- Know your boundaries. Kids know when something is wrong. They know when things are right. They know when they need to calm down but are waiting for you to tell them so. Know those boundaries and be prepared for kids to test them.
- Kids complain, but crush it with the fitness game. Sometimes you will get kids who want to be lazy that day. But they always want to do the game, ALWAYS. Even though it is filled with sweating and breathing heavy, they love it. “The sooner we finish our workout, the sooner we get to the AWESOME game.” Complaining usually stops.
- ALWAYS make eye contact and when you do be CONFIDENT, whether speaking about a skill or reprimanding them for an action that was disrespectful. Eye contact goes a long way and almost always fixes the issue.
- Always have a “back pocket game.” Sometimes the games you program will not go as planned and that is okay. It is okay to change the game up when one is not working, so DO IT. However, there is usually one game that always excited the kiddos. Ours is Burpee Dodgeball or the Crazy Obstacle Course.
- Be louder than the kids. Raise your voice, but make sure it reveals care. Sometimes kids get loud and begin talking during class. Raising your voice with a smile shows the kids you are in control and it is time to get serious. This is helpful with expressing points of performance.
- Always have a chant at the end of class. Having a special cheer before they leave the Box is something very special to them. It makes them feel that they are part of a community themselves. This is their group and something like this makes them feel perfect. Ours is “Hands in, ‘WOD Squad on three.'”