Bringing Fitness to the Schools

By Coach Jeff of CFM
It’s a challenging experience, working with middle school aged kids. Communicating and getting through to young adults can be a difficult endeavor, as we all well know. But two things everyone from that age and beyond can appreciate are health and fitness. For four weeks during the winter and starting up again today (Friday), Coach Cesar and I have been collaborating on Crossfit style programming at Harborside Middle School in Milford. As a supplement to their regular P.E. classes, we have been putting them through weekly workouts that focus on functionality and intensity. Of course, we don’t have a full blown gym at the school with barbells and kettlebells, and rowers so Cesar and I have been programming gymnastic style workouts based on body weight movements performed at high intensities. These plans are designed to promote endurance, power, flexibility, body awareness, core strength, coordination, agility, and more. But most importantly, we are trying to create a fun atmosphere with our energy and innovation. In my opinion, the kids seem to respond well to us. It’s a good feeling when a student comes up to me and says, “Do you remember me? Last time you were here you said I was your favorite.” And when I bring up Cesar’s name in my classes, I get responses like, “Is that the guy with all the tattoos?” One of the most rewarding feelings is having a special needs student in class perform all the movements at near flawlessness while maintaining a completely flawless smile on his/her face.

Overall, it’s a cool experience to introduce fitness to kids who may not get much exercise otherwise. Getting them to understand that Crossfit will help them if they want to play sports in high school or simply be a healthier, fitter person in everyday life is cool thing. I like to think that we are a positive influence and that we somehow get through to these kids. This is obviously a trying task these days, but if some of these students use these things that they are learning to their advantage in the future, then Cesar and I will consider ourselves a huge success.

Warm Up
3-5 minutes of workout prep
– kb swing
– back ext.
– hollow hold
– double under

Then

FITNESS-
A. Snatch grip DL + shrug x 5 x 3
B. Snatch grip RDL to pause at knee x 5 x 3
+
5 sets
30 sec KB swing
30 sec double unders
30 sec box jumps
30 sec squat thrusts
rest 2 min b/t sets

PERFORMANCE-
A. Snatch grip DL + shrug x 5 x 3
B. Snatch grip RDL to pause at knee x 5 x 3
+
5 sets
30 sec KB swing (55/35)
30 sec double unders
30 sec box jumps (24/20)
30 sec burpees
rest 2 min b/t sets

REMINDER!
Monday Memorial Day Schedule is as follows:
9:00am
12:00pm
4:30pm