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Crossfit Kids - Extended
Transcript of Crossfit Kids - Extended
What is Physical Education?
What is CrossFit Kids?
of Physical Education
of Physical Education
movement performed at a
Infinitely scalable to ability: Everyone is
(motivation) and can learn in a
way (real results)
Improving these skills give us increased work capacity
over broad time and modal domains
more, in any amount of time, anything we
to do or
Fitness can be fun and
being healthy is important
effective and rigorous physical education in a safe and supportive environment
(What is a
Social, Emotional, and Physical preparation
for the rest of a child's
Improving fitness improves
more than just fitness
Not sport specific
CrossFit Kids provides exercise that benefits a child's...
The sport of
Should schools use CrossFit Kids as
a Physical Education curriculum?
Let's start by asking one more question...
...even more dodgeball...
Kids doing these things is good. But consider...
Are your children playing these sports after school?
Does your school need to add another hour of baseball during the day to a two-hour baseball practice after school?
Does your curriculum reach every child as an individual?
Are the "good at sports" kids enjoying themselves while the "not good at sports" kids can't wait to get back to the classroom?
Are your students learning a variety of physical skills, gaining abilities, and fostering a life-long personal value of good health?
...or are they "just getting out of the classroom to run off some energy"?
The Crossfit Kids
The direct teaching and learning about the
of the body
Use: safe, efficient, effective movement
How do we teach kids about human movement and nutrition....
(and avoiding things that are harmful)
: Many different movements (squat, run, jump, catch, etc.) in as many combinations as possible
Every class is different
: CrossFit uses the most important movements of the body to increase fitness (Squat, press, lunge, push, pull, etc.)....
: Intensity produces results, increases participation and maintains interest
because every day, the physical demands
of life are different.
These three things give us...
...in other words...
Even worse, do they stop leading an active and healthy life when they leave your classroom?
So...what should a physical education curriculum be?
Now, how do
fit into all this?
This is where the students go to
get the "gameplan" for the day
Gets the body moving - fun stuff like animal walks and obstacle courses
Students learn a new movement or practice
a difficult one in a safe environment.
Mechanics - Consistency - Intensity (in that order! Always!)
ay, this is where the kids
put their skills to the test. Primarily bodyweight and gymnastic - never heavily loaded
This is can be a regular gym game, a CrossFit game,
or a regular gym game with a CrossFit twist
...giving them valuable physical skills and information they will use for the rest of their lives....
Back to our original question.
Research suggests that increasing sport-specialization in children actually
athletic potential and
the risk of injury.
Obesity and Type II diabetes are currently
the two most prevalent health problems in
with the life-long benefits of
Cognition - A healthy
is a healthy
Social health - friends that
together stay together
Emotional health - Working
every day is
Finally, CrossFit Kids provides
But, here's the challenge:
...both of which are largely preventable
2. Rigorous (learning many skills that benefit students beyond the classroom)
3. Create a valuation of health that extends for the rest of a child's life
It all comes down to
CFKids teaches children
hard work in the gym
in the classroom
of CrossFit creates
which contributes to the synaptic health of the brain
So...one more question...
Should you use CrossFit kids as your physical education curriculum?
Is the current paradigm of physical education meeting these criteria?
....or is there more we can do?
...in a rigorous yet safe environment...
....because these are the
movements the body can perform
All movements, skills, and workouts can be made easier or harder based on a child's individual abilities
This is called "scaling" and ensures that every child is improving in a
and participation is
hindered by ability
....and participation is NOT hindered by ability level
Substantial content presented and performed with
helps ensure a rigorous curriculum
and preserve interest - but good movement ALWAYS comes before high intensity - aka, in CrossFit Kids, children move well before they move fast
producing real results and life-long benefits
because every day, life is different
Kids love to compete...especially when fun is the focus and not winning/losing.