Our mission at Renaissance Youth is to improve the health and fitness of the youth in our community!

Renaissance Youth is a strength-and-conditioning program specifically designed for kids ages 7-17.    We introduce our kids to exercise in a fun, exciting, and safe format that will set them on a life long path toward health and fitness.  Our methodology leads to improvements in physical literacy, enhanced sports performance, and protects kids and teens against sports injury.

Build a foundation with focus on mechanics and movement patterns

Improve coordination, stamina, strength, and agility

Build confidence through goal setting, discipline and team building

All while wrapping fitness in fun!

Expert Coaches

Our coaches are experts at scaling movement to tailor the class to the abilities of the individual.  As a result, each child gets the intended stimulus appropriate for their physical ability, and is rewarded with the physical and mental benefits of the class!  

Strong Youth

The best part is that our athletes leave class feeling more confident!  They discover that they are strong.  They discover that they are capable.  And they learn that they can set goals and achieve them!

All students entering the Renaissance Youth program start with the Foundations Course.


Two 30 minute appointments – Schedule Upon Request

This semi private course sets new athletes up for success and gives the coach an opportunity to understand the student’s current abilities, and personality.  Your Athletes will learn the foundations of movement that will become the building blocks for future activities – in the sport of Crossfit, or any other sport they pursue down the line.

Book a Youth Intro with Coach Jess to get started!

Junior Varsity

Ages 7-10 Tuesdays 6:15-7pm  or Wednesdays 4:15pm

Ages 9-12 Saturdays 10am

In Junior Varsity, we build a foundation for athletics and physical literacy with a focus on those fundamental movements, and healthy movement patterns.  We wrap fitness in fun as we work on learning new skills, improving endurance and flexibility, and building strength with bodyweight movements.

Format of the class:

  • Warm-up with a focus on preparing our bodies for the class.
  • Skill work – focus is still on fun, we begin to work on specific movements and proper mechanics.   
  • Workout of the day – an ever changing workout that will incorporate skills and build endurance.
  • End class with a game that keeps us moving.      


Ages 12-17 
Monday 4pm, Wednesday 6pm

We build on the healthy movement patterns and physical literacy in the Varsity program.  After establishing the foundation of sound technique, we look to increase strength and conditioning toward specific athletic goals.  We introduce Olympic Weight lifting, additional strength training, gymnastics, and speed/agility training. Athletes learn that fitness makes us feel great – physically and mentally!

Format of the class:  

  • Warm up: students will learn about their joints and how to warm them up for exercise.
  • Skill or strength work – work is scaled appropriately for the individual athlete to ensure safety and maximum benefit
  • Workout of the day – an ever changing workout that will incorporate skills and builds endurance.
  • Cool down and stretching.

Celebrating our Bright Spots!

Jessica Thomas

Program Director, Renaissance Youth

Jessica joined CrossFit Renaissance, as a coach in September 2017.  Later that fall she launched Renaissance Youth, a strength and conditioning program designed for kids ages 5-17 years old.  The mission: to improve the health and fitness of the youth in the community.

Contact Coach Jess with any questions:

We look forward to sharing the joy of exercise and the sport of Crossfit with you!


Don’t worry about your current fitness level, we’ll meet you right where you are!

We were one of Philadelphia’s first CrossFit gyms – opening in 2009 -, also one of the largest at 6,000 sq ft, so space is never an issue here. Our coaches have been working in the fitness industry since 1995. There’s not a type of client we haven’t trained during that time, from seniors in their 70s, members who have lost 150+ pounds, weekend warriors, professional athletes, and everyone in between.