“Thumbs out, thumbs on shoulders, feet under thumbs, make a butterfly or a rocket ship, hips back, go down until your pockets are passed your knees, and stand up.” I can’t express the emotions that come over me when I give these cues to children, and I watch them perform a perfect squat!
I get goose bumps every time one of my young athletes stick their thumbs in the air and then place their thumbs on their shoulder. That’s how we teach these youngsters to begin many of the skills introduced in CrossFit. I’ve seen kids of all ages use “thumbs on shoulder” to begin a squat, front squat, press and push press. It’s so simple, yet so effective.
I asked a group of 5 year-olds that I coach if they could show me the Press (a movement we had learned the week before). They all eagerly raised their hand and started jumping up and down. I was shocked that they ALL thought they remembered and could demonstrate the movement. But then I asked them to do it; 90% of those kids immediately stuck their thumbs out, placed their thumbs on their shoulders and raised their hands to the sky. I...WAS...SPEECHLESS. But I was also so proud, and excited, and thought “Eeeek, I had created little CrossFit robots!!!”