The mission of our Mastodon Minis kids program is to positively impact health and wellness through fun mini workouts and games . Exploring different ways of moving to help build strength for sport injury prevention, balance, coordination, and confidence. We aim for maximum fun and a little bit of sweat!
Just as CrossFit benefits adults of all ages, the same can be said for kids — training for kids versus adults varies by degree, not kind. There are countless Kids programs held in thousands of affiliates and over 400 schools all over the world serving youth athletes.
Whatever the goal, the program offers kids a head start on a healthy lifestyle encouraging a love for fitness and an understanding of the impact of nutrition.
The prescription for youths doing functional fitness is the same as for adults: constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity (relative to the individual). The difference is the time one takes before entering high intensity. For adults, the process can be a couple of weeks to a month or more before we start to do more reps or start to push a little harder. For children, we have five to seven years before we need to think about pressing the intensity. The Kids program is informed by research in the fields of exercise science, behavioral science, molecular biology, and others, always ensuring the methodology evolves as we learn more about kids and fitness.
The program combats some of the largest health problems facing our youth today including childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. As a result of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, humans today move less and eat more highly processed foods with loads of added sugar. History shows that our children are likely to adopt habits they saw growing up, so if a lack of movement and poor nutrition is the lifestyle of their elders, children are statistically more likely to live a similar unhealthy lifestyle into adulthood. One of the goals of the Kids program is to break the cycle of passing on poor behaviors by instilling in this and future generations of children a positive association with exercise, a desire to be fit, and a goal to live a long, healthy life!
Our Kids program teaches foundational movement patterns, providing children with a portion of their prescribed amount of exercise for the week, improving muscular fitness, engineering endless opportunities for success, and discussing roles for food while keeping the class and its information fun and engaging.
Mastodon Minis has the power to positively change children’s lives from a very young age. If you are interested in enrolling your kids in a Kids class today!