CrossFit Kids & Teens

Getting Started in Our Youth Program

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

*** A registration information email was sent to parents of kids/teens who were registered in the cancelled 2020 spring semester. If you did not receive the email or would like a copy of this information please email admin@squamishbarbell.com

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 (majority of the semester) as well as experience in our program and general maturity. Space is very limited and fills quickly.

MINIS (coed 3-4 yrs):  Thursday 4:30pm-5:00pm, Sept. 16-Dec 2, $190+gst 

MONSTER MINIS (coed 5-7 yrs):  Thursday 5:00pm-5:30pm, Sept. 16-Dec 2, $190+gst 

PRE-TEENS (coed 8-12 yrs):  Thursday 5:45pm-6:30pm, Sept. 16-Dec 2, $190+gst 

TEEN LIFTERS (coed 13-17 yrs): Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:15pm (must do both days), Sept. 14-Dec 2, $350+gst  

* All inquiries about Minis, Monster Minis, Pre-Teens and Teen Lifters can be directed to admin@squamishbarbell.com. To register, or be added to the waitlist, your child must have an account in our Mindbody booking system. This can be created either from the “schedule” on our website or via the Squamish Barbell app. Please make sure to add a valid credit card unless you intend to pay via eTransfer.

JAYDE’S GIRLS (girls 9-17 yrs): 

* All inquiries about Jayde’s Girls can be directed to jayde@squamishbarbell.com. To register, or be added to the waitlist, your child must have an account in our Mindbody booking system. This can be created either from the “schedule” on our website or via the Squamish Barbell app. Please make sure to add a valid credit card unless you intend to pay via eTransfer.

Group 1 (8-12 years)  Time: 315pm – 415pm 
Group 2 (12+ years)  Time: 430pm – 530pm
Thursday October 14th 
Thursday October 21st
Thursday October 28th 
Thursday November 4th
Tuesday November 9th 
Thursday November 18th
Thursday November 25th
Tuesday November 30th
Thursday December 9th 
Thursday December 16th
Semester cost: $200+gst
 
 

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:

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.