Teen CrossFit Classes (ages 12-17)
Bainbridge Island CrossFit's teen program is a coached strength and conditioning program designed for 12-17 years olds to improve their athleticism, regardless of their preferred sport(s) and for non-athletes alike to improve overall health & fitness or as a supplement/replacement to their PE coursework. The goal of the program is to provide middle & high school students with a foundation of good movement mechanics and proper weightlifting techniques in a fun and challenging environment designed to instill a lifelong love of fitness.
You are welcome to stop in to observe, or drop in for a free trial class anytime our Teen CrossFit classes are offered. We just ask that a parent or guardian download, print, sign and return the following forms before attending class.
Be prepared to bring along a good book or any homework you need to complete since we encourage taking time before or after class to get some studying done. If you decide to join us, month-to-month group unlimited memberships are available for $125 plus tax (this is your best pricing option if you are attending at least two classes/week).
If you plan to attend less than 2 classes/wk, other options are to purchase a 10 visit virtual punch card for $180+tax, or single class drop in for $20+tax/class. Punch cards and single class drop-ins can be purchased on line, but please give us a call 206-713-7820 or email email@example.com with any questions or to sign-up for a monthly membership.
Q. My child is already active in sports, how will this program help them improve?
A. Coaches have a lot on their plate and need to dedicate their time to sport specific skills. As a compliment, we can help strengthen athletes and better prepare them for the rigors of tough competition in sport, which will reduce the risk of both preseason and in-season injuries. Our program is not a specialized fitness program, but rather a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of the following 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Improved overall fitness leads to better athletes.
Q. I want my child to be more physically active, but he/she has no interest in organized sports. Is this an appropriate program?
A. Absolutely! All movements and loads are scaled for each individual's ability. Our primary goals are to convey the notion that fitness can be fun and to create a community of confident individuals who can rely on one another for friendship & support. We aim to boost teens' self-esteem and confidence so they become physically and mentally prepared to tackle any obstacle thrown their way inside or out of the gym. Our program combines age and ability appropriate weightlifting and gymnastics with high intensity training to deliver optimal fitness and performance, as well as to establish a lifetime love of fitness.
Q. How experienced is your staff?
A. Coaches Chris & Jessica were both Division 1 athletes (ice hockey and softball respectively) and understand the importance of improving athleticism in conjunction with the specific demands of training for a given sport. Coach Brandi is one of only 20 head staff trainers in the world for CrossFit Kids. In addition to coaching kids/teens locally, she travels the world lecturing and providing hands on training for coaches and teachers who want to improve the lives and fitness of kids/teens.
With the guidance of our experienced staff, Bainbridge Island CrossFit's Teen Fitness program can benefit kids at any current level of activity and fitness.
Fitness Through Sports
Are athletes made by playing or training? Seventy percent of kids drop out of their primary sport before they’re 13. Most of those say their sport should be more fun. Decades of research and practice paint a very clear picture: Early specialization in one sport is a bad idea. How can we teach our kids to learn to love fitness for a lifetime?
Strength Training for Young Athletes
Is lifting weight at a young age a good idea? Yes, the American Academy of Pediatrics concurs! Kids need a daily dose of impact loading (jumping rope, box jumps, running and resistance training) along with vestibular training (forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels) to develop strong bones, balance and coordination. Strength is gained neuromuscularly through body weight gymnastic movements until mechanics, consistency and enough testosterone are present to warrant use of external objects/loads.