Junior (Ages 6-11)
Saffron Walden CrossFit Kids & Teens

Able to focus and take instruction on the foundational CrossFit movements. Introduction to Gymnastics-style resistance training with very light external objects, e.g., starting with a PVC pipe and moving toward 10-pound dumbbells contingent on capacity.

CrossFit Kids & Teens
Saffron Walden CrossFit Kids & Teens

CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specially designed for kids and teenagers and their specific developmental needs and helps them to develop a lifelong love of fitness.

Teens (Ages 12-17)
Saffron Walden CrossFit Kids & Teens

Approaching proficiency in body weight movements and seeing an increase in volume. Familiar with light dumbbell movements and beginning to use barbells with light loads.

What is CrossFit Kids?

We teach - Fitness & Fun / Nutritional Values / Self-Discipline & Manners / Goal Setting / Life Skills

CrossFit Kids
A method for teaching CrossFit to children and teens, ages 3.5-17
CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specially designed for kids and teenagers and their specific developmental needs and helps them to develop a lifelong love of fitness. In a group setting, children and teens participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well-rounded athletes.

CrossFit Kids workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive and general (B.I.G.) and are scalable for any participant at any level.

Constantly Varied
What does this mean?
Constantly varied means that, for the most part, no two workouts are the same, so kids and teens never get bored and the novelty of each workout keeps them excited about participating. The functional movements involve exercises that are fundamental to all things that kids need to do when they play – pull, push, run, throw, climb, lift and jump. All of the movements are taught safely and effectively under the close supervision of thoroughly trained CrossFit Kids trainers.

When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive, and general (B.I.G.) it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes who will be better at any and every sport that they play because CrossFit Kids doesn’t coach them to be good at just one thing. Our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

With workouts that are scalable, CrossFit Kids can equally benefit a person who is less active or an accomplished athlete by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged just enough to deliver measurable results and personal athletic progress.

Preschool (Ages 3-5)
General Age-Specific Guidelines
Preschool (Ages 3-5): Able to focus enough to engage in supervised play that involves fundamental movement skills and the simplest foundational movements and Basic CrossFit Gymnastics e.g., the squat, bar hang, Ring hold, jumping… All movements are done without weights. To make this clear: We NEVER load preschool-age kids during a workout. NEVER.

When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive, and general (B.I.G.) it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes who will be better at any and every sport that they play because CrossFit Kids doesn’t coach them to be good at just one thing. Our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

With workouts that are scalable, CrossFit Kids can equally benefit a person who is less active or an accomplished athlete by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged just enough to deliver measurable results and personal athletic progress.

Junior (Ages 6-11)
General Age-Specific Guidelines
Able to focus and take instruction on the foundational CrossFit movements. Introduction to Gymnastics-style resistance training with very light external objects, e.g., starting with a PVC pipe and moving toward 10-pound dumbbells contingent on capacity.

When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive, and general (B.I.G.) it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes who will be better at any and every sport that they play because CrossFit Kids doesn’t coach them to be good at just one thing. Our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

With workouts that are scalable, CrossFit Kids can equally benefit a person who is less active or an accomplished athlete by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged just enough to deliver measurable results and personal athletic progress.

Teens (Ages 12-17)
General Age-Specific Guidelines
Approaching proficiency in body weight movements and seeing an increase in volume. Familiar with light dumbbell movements and beginning to use barbells with light loads. Starting to explore heavier loads with weighted movements and higher volumes and intensity more generally.

When fitness is defined as broad, inclusive, and general (B.I.G.) it means that participants will become well-rounded athletes who will be better at any and every sport that they play because CrossFit Kids doesn’t coach them to be good at just one thing. Our workouts will increase physical competence in 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

With workouts that are scalable, CrossFit Kids can equally benefit a person who is less active or an accomplished athlete by tailoring workouts so that each participant is challenged just enough to deliver measurable results and personal athletic progress.

A Typical CrossFit Kids session
A typical CrossFit Kids session will run for 45mins and will consist of the following:
The Whiteboard – This is where the kids get the ‘game plan’ for the day.
The Warm-up – Gets the body moving – Fun stuff like animal walks and obstacle courses.
The Skill – Kids learn a new movement or practice a difficult one in a safe environment.
The WOD – The Workout Of the Day, this is where the kids put their skills to the test.
The Game – This can be a regular gym game, a CrossFit game, or a regular gym game with a CrossFit twist.

In a group setting, children and teens participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well-rounded athletes. CrossFit Kids workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive and general and are scaleable for any participant at any level.

Everyone can participate
Everyone!
Classes are designed to accommodate Kids & Teens of all fitness levels.
Workouts are tailored for the individual.
Athletes to Beginners will receive enough intensity to be pushed to their limits and improve.
Your little athlete will become faster and stronger in their chosen sport.

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Important safety note

Start slow. Yes, we want the kids to work hard, but we never demand children to work harder or faster during a workout. This is a critically important point: With children, we always privilege good movement over speed.

It is our long-standing experience that when children move well consistently over time, they will eventually move faster safely.

BEARWALDEN CROSSFIT COACHING TEAM

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Samuel Lee Parke
Head CrossFit Coach & Owner
Gymnastics Coach / Mobility Coach
CrossFit Kids Coach
British Weightlifting Coach Level 1
Strength & Conditioning Level 3
Personal Trainer
I passionately believe in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness that CrossFit can provide. The love, friendship and the will to achieve at Bearwalden is almost overwhelming!
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Barny Fitzer
CrossFit Coach
Mobility Coach
CrossFit Kids Coach
Personal Trainer
Love CrossFit, my PT clients & the community at Bearwalden Gym. I used to race motorbikes and fall off a lot. I also love to cook and drink the occasional beer.
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Mark Hamerston
CrossFit Coach
British Weightlifting Coach Level 1
Kettle Bell Trained Level 2
Nutritional Adviser
Diploma in Fitness
Personal Trainer
Love the facility at Bearwalden that offers my PT clients so much. I found CrossFit around 3 years ago while searching for new and exciting ways to get fit and test myself. I couldn't find a local CrossFit box to train in so I built my own gym at home. I also love food and drink the occasional beer.
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Will Luther
Boot Camp Coach
Personal Trainer
Sports Massage
Being rugby and fitness mad along with a passion to learn and teach, for me there's nothing better than coaching at Bearwalden. Pushing people, having fun and joining in with the madness.

Samuel Parke is the Director of Operations for Bearwalden CrossFit. He has been in the coaching field since 2003 and has worked with all types of individuals in that time. He holds a number of CrossFit and Coaching related certifications including participating in OPEX, Precision Nutrition Certification Program, Professional Coach Certification… just to name a few. He has also travelled the world training with Elite Units within the British Army. Sam loves to read – especially about the psychology of habits and how to make lasting change through fitness – Constantly learning and developing new skills so he can mentor and educate everyone within the gym.

Sam began coaching because he passionately believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness. His goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes. He has found that CrossFit’s scalable intensity and commitment to functional movement makes it the perfect program for individuals of all ages and abilities.

At Bearwalden CrossFit, the fastest growing gym in Saffron Walden, we believe that the psychology of sport and fitness training plays a vital role in the success of any program. We foster a positive training environment to help clients overcome self-doubt or perceived limitations to achieve their full potential.