Parents and teachers, send me your questions on youth fitness topics

I am in Boulder, CO right now for the CrossFit Coaches Prep certification. This is the prerequisite to apply for the CrossFit HQ seminar staff. I am here to become a better coach for my adult athletes, and also to begin my journey on the path towards teaching others how to train children in the CrossFit Kids program. I believe this program is going to save public school education. In the schools that employ it, the CrossFit Kids program has increased testing scores, decreased behavioral problems and improved the overall wellness and academic achievement of the kids.

A open invitation to local Fargo-Moorhead-Area schools: I would love to visit with you about how to implement CrossFit Kids in your curriculum. Teachers, I can show you how to use CrossFit for brain breaks in the classroom. Many of our athletes at CrossFit Fargo are also teachers and youth sports coaches. Without me ever suggesting it, they have brought CrossFit to their classrooms because they know the tremendous impact functional exercise has on the developing brain. Children need rigorous activity for their brains and bodies to develop properly. Plain and simple.

This is the introduction to a series on youth fitness where I will cover multiple topics suitable for parents, teachers and coaches. All information is taken from relevant and reputable studies, as well as my own experiences.

The purpose of this series is to inform parents and educators on the importance of youth fitness and to teach readers how functional exercise at high intensity benefits our kids. Coming next, we will start with the following topics:

  • Impact loading for strength and increased bone density – jumping and agility drills.
  • Training the vestibular system to increase balance, coordination and cognitive development – monkey hangs, log rolls, cartwheels, handstands, push ups and burpees.
  • How to make exercise fun for kids – GAMES!
  • Exercise and attitude – winners, losers, cheating, self-confidence, pride and respect.
  • Nutrition – teaching kids to select the best choice available.

I invite parents and educators to contact me via email at if you have any questions you’d like to have answered. If I don’t know the answer, I will find it for you. I will post questions and answers to this blog. Also, if you have any topics you would like me to cover in depth, send them my way!

Jessica Grondahl
CrossFit Fargo
Community Built, Performance Driven

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