Looking to drop in to a class? Book Here

Edition 003

CrossFit for Teenagers: Elevating Sports Performance and Athleticism

CrossFit isn’t just a fitness trend; it’s a dynamic approach to training that can have profound benefits for teenagers, especially those looking to excel in sports. By integrating functional movements, strength training, and cardiovascular conditioning, CrossFit provides young athletes with a comprehensive platform to enhance their performance on the field, court, or track. In this blog post, we’ll explore how CrossFit can elevate teen sports performance by improving strength, power, agility, and overall athleticism.

Functional Strength for Sports-Specific Movements:

One of the key principles of CrossFit is its focus on functional movements that mirror those used in everyday life and athletic endeavors. For teen athletes, this means training movements that directly translate to their sport of choice, whether it’s sprinting, jumping, throwing, or cutting. By incorporating exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts, and plyometrics, CrossFit builds functional strength and power that directly enhance sports performance.

Lilly and Grace Brauer- pictured above- started training CrossFit with Happy Streets head coach and owner Brian Haida circa 2014-15. Using CrossFit supplementally with their prescribed team (soccer) training these ladies were always ahead of their competitors and strong team leaders. Setting the example of work ethic both on the field and inside the gym! Both had very successful high school soccer careers receiving too many individual and team accolades to list, this would literally require its own blog post. Both earning themselves scholarships to continue their careers and play 4 years in college. Although, it is worth mentioning that both were selected/elected as team captains not only in high school but also in college. Pretty sick, right!? Now they are both bad ass GPP- general physical preparedness- CrossFit athletes, living out a fun and balanced lifestyle.

Enhanced Power Output and Explosiveness:

Power is a critical component of many sports, from basketball and soccer to track and field events. CrossFit workouts, which often include explosive movements like cleans, snatches, and box jumps, are highly effective at developing power and explosiveness in teens. By training fast-twitch muscle fibers and improving the rate of force production, CrossFit helps young athletes generate more speed, acceleration, and agility on the field, giving them a competitive edge over their opponents.

Improved Conditioning and Endurance:

Endurance is another key factor in sports performance, especially in activities that require sustained effort over extended periods. CrossFit’s emphasis on metabolic conditioning, or “metcons,” challenges the cardiovascular system and builds endurance in teens through high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and circuit-style workouts. By improving aerobic capacity and delaying the onset of fatigue, CrossFit enables teen athletes to maintain peak performance throughout the duration of their competitions.

Dynamic Movement Skills and Coordination:

Many sports demand dynamic movement skills and precise coordination, whether it’s dribbling a ball, catching a pass, or executing a complex gymnastics routine. CrossFit workouts incorporate a variety of movements that challenge coordination, balance, and agility, such as kettlebell swings, rope climbs, and handstand push-ups. By mastering these movements in a controlled environment, teens develop better body awareness, proprioception, and neuromuscular control, enhancing their overall athleticism and sports performance.

Injury Prevention and Resilience:

Sports-related injuries are a common concern for teen athletes, often resulting from overuse, poor technique, or muscular imbalances. CrossFit’s emphasis on functional movement patterns, proper technique, and balanced strength training can help mitigate the risk of injuries by addressing these underlying factors. Through targeted exercises that strengthen stabilizing muscles, improve joint mobility, and enhance flexibility, CrossFit promotes resilience and durability in young athletes, allowing them to stay healthy and perform at their best.

Cross-Training for Versatility and Adaptability:

CrossFit’s diverse and varied approach to training makes it an ideal cross-training modality for teen athletes involved in multiple sports or looking to transition between seasons. By exposing teens to a wide range of movements, intensities, and training modalities, CrossFit fosters versatility and adaptability, enabling athletes to excel in different environments and adapt to changing demands on the field or court.

Coach Brian calls TIME on a tough partner AMRAP

CrossFit offers teenagers a powerful platform to elevate their sports performance and athletic potential. By focusing on functional movements, building strength and power, improving conditioning and endurance, enhancing dynamic movement skills, and promoting injury prevention and resilience, CrossFit equips young athletes with the physical and mental tools they need to succeed in their chosen sports. With proper guidance, supervision, and programming, CrossFit can be a game-changer for teen athletes, helping them reach new heights of performance and achievement.

We are doing a summer camp for kids and teens at Happy Streets this year. 8-weeks of fitness, twice a week, split into two sessions. We believe that introducing children to fitness at an early age will help instill healthy habits to last a lifetime, but most importantly it’s a great way for them to be active and have FUN! 

Here are the deets: 

Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays June 4 – 27 
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays July 9 – August 1 
2:00 – 2:45 PM (45 mins, Ages 5-12) $175/session
3:00 – 4:15 PM (75 mins, Ages 13-18) $250/session 

*Limited to 6 participants per group! Register at the link below. 

https://crossfithappystreets.wodify.com/OnlineSalesPortal/Sessions.aspx?LocationId=9381&IsMobile=False&mc_cid=f8aec90e33&mc_eid=UNIQID

See you on the streets!

T. Haida

Editor in Chief

The Stall Street Journal

POPULAR POSTS

Edition 002

Mastering the 10 Pillars of Fitness: A Journey to Optimal Performance in CrossFit Welcome, as we embark on a transformative journey through the 10 pillars

Edition 001

Welcome to The Stall Street Journal, your source for happenings aroundthe globe, regarding fitness and possibly non-fitness related topics. We’rethrilled to embark on this adventure

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE INTRO

Talk with a coach about your goals. Get the plan to achieve them.

FILL OUT THE FORM TO GET STARTED

Take the first step towards getting the results you want!

By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from CrossFit Happy Streets