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Old 12-07-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
Chris Cooper
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CrossFit In The Classroom

Hi folks. We've had tremendous success getting CrossFit programs into schools (I get a number of emails about it daily.) We advocate short "interventions" of 3-7 minutes between subjects, using AMRAP - style activities. A number of local schools have adopted the idea, and we've been contracted now to perform our third study on exercise and attention, focus, and grades.
A friend (Jeremy Frisch of Achieve Performance Training) just created a really simple video to illustrate how easy this is. Here's the link (SFW): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=cPKYoYof8Q8

To get the program into schools, we've used a few different methods (I'll share the successful ones) and CrossFit Kids has also begun to have success in this area (we're a CFK Affiliate, but use our Ignite! program to get into schools.)
  • Antibullying presentations (we partner with a MMA group) - see antibully.ca (SFW)
  • Workshops for teachers in our Box
  • Antiaggression workshops for Social Workers
  • An 'Ignite Games' alternative to Track and Field days
  • A 'Youth Fitness Leader' program where the schools send their 8th-graders in for 4 sessions, and they demonstrate exercises and run workouts for younger kids
  • Hosting advocacy groups and speakers for autism, ADHD, and bright/Gifted kids
  • Hosting PD Days for Teachers
  • Distributing our book (Enrichment Through Exercise) to schools for free
  • Appealing to the Teachers' Union. This was a surprise success; the union advocated for teachers to learn our strategies, and now the school Board is covering the cost for a pilot project of 10 teachers.
  • Help writing IEPs for students with autism, which we do for free
  • Transposing private therapy for head-injury clients into a more social atmosphere (the classroom)
  • Area-wide challenges and, soon, a high-school "league" for CrossFit
  • School highlights in our newsletter
  • Handouts delivered into the mailbox of EVERY teacher in the Board
  • Advocacy through our clients who are teachers
  • Written, downloadable curriculae for teachers to use

Other ideas are welcome. We're passionate about this: we have to get kids moving, and I think we all can help. On the business end, the only service we provide for free has been highlighted; the rest are covered by the Board, the Province, or private insurers.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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Re: CrossFit In The Classroom

Tight. Your stuff is very interesting.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Re: CrossFit In The Classroom

Very Cool. I am also a PE teacher. Any other resources?
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:13 AM   #4
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Re: CrossFit In The Classroom

Hi Matt - start with Spark! by John Ratey, and go from there. We record our resources at www.ignitegym.com (SFW) too - hope it helps!
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