CrossFit Kids & Teens

Getting Started in Our Youth Program

Most parents are looking for the quick and easy on how to register so let’s start with that! The format details of each age group are outlined in the sections below.

*** DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF COVID-19, THE LOGISTICS OF THE TRANSITION INTO THE FALL SEMESTER OF SCHOOL, AND THE CONSTRAINTS OF OUR MANDATORY SPACING PROTOCOLS IN THE GYM, WE ARE UNABLE TO SCHEDULE A FALL SEMESTER OF OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS. WE HOPE THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE ABLE TO RUN SMOOTHLY AND WE ARE THEN ABLE TO OFFER A WINTER SEMESTER OF OUR PROGRAMS STARTING IN JANUARY. WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE WITH INFORMATION AS WE KNOW MORE. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY DISAPPOINTMENT AND APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AS WE ALL COLLECTIVELY WAIT PATIENTLY FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUTURE!

Our youth programs run on a semester system (September, January and April start dates) and we break for Christmas holidays, spring break and summer holidays. Pricing for each semester depends on the number of weeks in the semester. Age groupings are determined by age of the child for the majority of the semester as well as experience in our program and general maturity.

MINIS (3-4 yrs):  TBD

MONSTER MINIS (5-7 yrs):  TBD

PRE-TEENS (8-12 yrs):  TBD

TEEN LIFTERS (13-17 yrs): TBD

JAYDE’S GIRLS (9-17 yrs):  TBD

* All inquiries about Minis, Monster Minis, Pre-Teens and Teen Lifters can be directed to info@squamishbarbell.com

* All inquiries about Jayde’s Girls can be directed to jayde@squamishbarbell.com

Program Overview

Safety and fun are prioritized core objectives in our youth programs every time we meet.  In addition, our goals within the programs are to:

  • Establish comfort in a gym environment, with equipment and other people.
  • Teach youth that prioritizing quality of movement produces not only safer movements but also better outputs and results.
  • Establish a thorough understanding of how to manage one’s body through a broad range of movement patterns.
  • Build a foundation of physical training that produces results for each kid outside of the gym both in daily life and sport applications.
  • Introduce the kids to and establish a comfort with, a broad spectrum of (life transferable) movements with and without external objects.
  • Teach kids to be responsible for their own actions and contributions to an environment regardless of whether it’s an individual or group task.
Minis & Monster Minis
3-4 & 5-7 Years Old

Broad movement selection including push, pull, drag, carry, jump, squat and balance.

We aim to teach that movements are skills you can learn, that fitness is fun, that sweating feels good, and that by working together you can accomplish more than by working alone. We focused on skills like the squat and kettlebell deadlift as we feel these movements are appropriate and important at this level. They have the greatest potential for improvement (for all children) and the most potential for gain (in the gym, life, and sport). These two movements also feed many more patterns that are introduced through the Pre Teens and Teen Lifting classes. They teach a more complex body awareness and feed athletic resilience. In addition to that we play with “odd objects”, practice agility and balance and core body control skills. We play games that require teamwork and give opportunity to practice skills.

All training sessions are data based and tracked for volume and types of movements being utilized. During class time we start with a “gather around” talk to discuss the session ahead (as we would with all adult groups), we do a warm up and game followed by skills and then a workout (workouts can be individual or working in pairs, team, or teams). We always try to wrap up the day with something fun (if time allows). To maximize focus (always a challenge when working with youth!) we keep class time to 30 minutes.

Pre Teens
8-12 Years Old

Squat movements, hip hinge movements, pressing movements & bodyweight movements.

In this group we focus on teaching gym and lifting etiquette while empowering these kids to make their own decisions on weight choices or movements (separate from what their friends are doing). They are taught that quality movement execution and quality rep counting are more important than being finished first.

We introduce and expand their repertoire of movements and workouts while still focusing on the basics. We continue to promote an environment where each individual is invested in each other’s success. Much like the Minis and Monster Minis we emphasize the value in squat and deadlift mechanics, but at this age we start to add in many more common CrossFit patterns (wallball, push-ups, pull-ups, kettlebell swings, box jumps, rowing, etc.).

During class time we focus on a “gather around” talk to discuss the session ahead (as we would with all adult groups), a warm up, sometimes a game, and then skills followed by a workout (workouts can be individual or working in pairs, team, or teams).

Teen Lifters
13-18 Years Old

Squat, bench and deadlift (including variants), accessory work and midline work.

In our Teen Lifting program we prioritize safe and efficient lifting mechanics, accessory work to aid in strength development and injury prevention, and midline work (spinal mechanics and stabilization).

Many of our teens participate or compete in sports outside the gym. Many spend time in outdoor recreation and time focused on sport specific training (mountain bike or BMX is quite common).

For some, the gym is their physical balance to their efforts in academics or the arts. Our hope is that our program adds the missing (and should be foundational) element of broad base athletics to whatever lifestyle a teen lives. Our objective is to create a more durable and successful youth through strength, power, and body awareness.

At this age we have all our athletes record their work to track improvement, establish structure in their training, and provide numbers to work off of in future sessions. During class time we focus on a “gather around” talk to discuss the session ahead (as we would with all adult groups), a warm up (lead by a different teen each day), sometimes a game, and then they perform a primary lift followed by complimentary accessory work and midline stability work.

We prioritize the quality of the movement over the load at all times, and we talk about the bio mechanics and physics of leverages and angles. We encourage them to ask questions and learn (not just lift).

Jayde’s Girls
8-17 Years Old

Creating self-confidence through movement. Focus on body positioning, introduction to gymnastics, movement patterns, metabolic conditioning and an introduction to weightlifting and powerlifting mechanics.

A fitness mentorship program designed for young girls starting at age 8 and extending to late teens. This program is about inspiring girls to gain more confidence in themselves through fitness.

We focus on foundational movement patterns to increase strength, build better body awareness, and improve overall athletic development. This group allows girls of similar ages from a variety of athletic backgrounds to have a lot of fun together.

Girls Group is a space where these young ladies are encouraged to learn new things, be proud of their accomplishments, and enjoy the feeling of hard work. Mentorship is an integral part of this program and happens organically. The girls work together and support each other during class. Occasionally we take our time together outside on hikes, lake swims, and enjoy hang out events during some holidays. 

Jayde’s Girls are divided into 3 classes by age. Classes are capped at 12 participants, run once a week, are 1 hour in length, and are semestered through the school year.  Contact jayde@squamishbarbell.com for more information or registration details. Alternately, email info@squamishbarbell.com.