Teaching them to move

by carney on December 19, 2012

 

There are 16 teens from the Mountain West Youth Track Club (MWYTC) that join us every Friday as part of their winter training program. Parents pay extra to have their kids train with us because of the success that our teen program has created for many young athletes. Some of the athletes in the picture have been with us now four years, and as an interesting coincidence, are the top performers on their school’s team. The central component of our CrossFit Missoula Teen strength and conditioning program is not loading them with weight and attempting to make them stronger as we would with a collegiate or professional athlete. And not pushing them through lengthy conditioning workouts  in an attempt to specifically improve their VO2. We never do workouts that last more than 15 minutes. The success of our program is a result of teaching these young, growing bodies to move effectively and more efficiently. Teaching a person to use their whole body to move objects (weightlifting) and themselves (gymanstics) through space is the holy grail of human performance. These young people are getting bigger and stronger simply as a result of their natural growth, but no one outside of CrossFit is teaching them to move themselves in a way that’s not related to their sport, whether it’s running, throwing, swimming, cycling, etc. Learning to move is foundational to anything you want to do in life, whether you’re an adult, teen, or child – athlete or not. It’s never too early, or too late to start to learn to move better. CrossFit Missoula offers adult and teen programs. Check out our Schedule page and Getting Started page to learn more, or Contact us direct if you still have questions or want to sign-up.

Workout of the Day
For time:
100 sumo deadlift high pulls, 40 kg
100 gator crawls
100 jumping lunges

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