At every level, our youth program focuses on developing every aspect of our athletes.
We utilize the benefits of an active environment to challenge our athletes not only physically, but their cognitive, creative, and social abilities as well.
The environment we create at LoCo is a safe place for athletes to face fears, overcome challenges, learn without judgement, and be consistently surprised by their own ability.
Our desire is to train up athletes who will not only excel at Crossfit or any athletic endeavor they choose, but also would not hesitate to pick up and carry a teammate at the cost of a win.
BoxTots (ages 4–6)
The BoxTOTS program is where our youngest athletes are encouraged to keep the incredible foundation of movement that they were born with, instead of trading it in for learned bad habits. BoxTOTS set up your child for success in future Crossfit classes or any athletic endeavor they may choose, as well as decrease the risk of injury as they mature. We work on both physical, social, vestibular and cognitive development in the form of games and short skill practice sessions.
Coach Katie begins each 30-min class by encouraging the kids to run, make noise, and to explore the equipment and space safely. Our warm-up tends to focus on specific ways to move through space with an emphasis on those things that are toughest for this age group (two-footed hopping, balance, and control are 3 good examples). We have 1-2 skills to work on during each class (maybe parrot perches to work on stabilization or a game of monkey wars to keep up the awesome grip strength they have). We also work hard to maintain the great habits they were born with. We give names to the things they already do- like squats- and encourage them to continue those wonderful patterns. We end every class with a game that usually involves running. At the end of each month we also include a theme day so the kids can get dressed up and focus on having a blast and getting to know the other kids better.
BoxKids (ages 7–10)
This class focuses on continued development in a fun environment. We start with those fundamental healthy movement patterns maintained in the younger class, and we begin to introduce a few higher- level athletics such as technique work, accuracy, flexibility, coordination, bodyweight strength, core strength, endurance, and goal-setting. This is also the age group where we start to introduce workouts and begin to touch on nutrition. We end each day with a game or two where we keep the kids minds and bodies active while working toward excellent teamwork and leadership skills.
Your kids will learn to love fitness, nutrition, and will learn good motor patterns for functional movement that will benefit them for a lifetime and create the safest foundation for sports and training programs in their future. They will also benefit from coaches who have been trained/certified in how movement affects academics, healthy social interactions, problem-solving and a positive growth mindset. A TON of development occurs between the age of 7 and 11 so as each athlete progresses, our expectation raise to keep them challenged consistently.
The older athletes in this age group will have the opportunity to compete in the sport of Crossfit 2-3 time each year. These competitions will not be required, but are a great opportunity. If this is something they love, they will also have the opportunity to join the competition team.
BoxBeasts (ages 11–15)
This class takes all of the beneficial movement patterns, technique, base strength, character and team development and starts to ramp things up toward specific athlete goals. We add specific strength training, cross-training, gymnastics, mobility, accuracy, speed and agility training as well as work through the Level Method. This training method, created by Nathan Holiday, is how we help our athletes identify weaknesses and provide a systematic approach for improvement. Our focus is on excellent form and safety above all else. We still have a ton of fun but no longer incorporate games at the end of each class. In addition we try to offer a variety of challenges and competition opportunities as well as clinics and camps. Past challenges have included joining an adult WOD, a5k run, a hero WOD, participation in the Crossfit Open and a national youth Crossfit competition.
How Will This Program Benefit Your Teen:
- Performance (explosiveness, power, strength, agility, endurance, speed)
- Functional Fitness (teach healthy motor patterns with lifetime benefits)
- Form (proper technique= safety in weight rooms, full range of motion)
- Constantly Varied (effective defense against overuse injuries common in any given sport)
- Mobility and Nutrition (improve recovery, self-care, create good life-long fitness habits)