The Youth – Stronger – Fitter – Faster program is an inclusive strength program targeted at teenagers who want to get stronger, fitter, and faster. This program will:
– Develop stronger tendons, ligaments, and bones
– Improve athletic potential in sport
– Improve muscle activation and core strength
– Improve balance and coordination
– Decrease risk of injury
– Improve mental toughness and self confidence
– Develop healthy exercise habits into adulthood
Don’t forget, they’ll have fun doing it! It is crucial to have a coach that knows what they are instructing during this phase of maturation for youth.
We ensure the body is capable of progressing and joints and ligaments can withstand progressing further into strength and conditioning work. We will ensure you get the best support for overall development before progressing to more advanced skillsets within the gym; this ensures appropriate development for their sport.
If you’re a young athlete then this program will improve your speed off the mark quickness, agility, change of direction, top end speed, jump height, muscular and aerobic endurance, and general strength. You will become a better athlete overall.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I heard lifting is bad for kids. Doesn’t it stunt their growth?
There isn’t any evidence (research based or anecdotal) to show that this is the case; children have issues with the growth plate when inappropriate loads or used or poor technique is used. This comes into play specifically with one repetition maximum lifts at a young age. These are only performed after they are competent to lift. If you can provide appropriate technique and gradual progressions then the potential that can grow is incredible.
Won’t it be too demanding on my child to train like an athlete?
Not at all. A combination of low intensity and high intensity stimulating programs helps the child to fully develop. Higher intensity exercise (including strength training) stimulates cartilage growth, but too much can cause bone growth issues. We balance this for children and ensure they enjoy the time they have in the program but not overload them. It will also help social skills to be brought up in junior programs, meeting new friends and enjoying the session. At a more elite level (Stage 3) the intensity changes and we tailor the program more for their specific weaknesses.
How early is too early to start weight training?
The younger a child can start moving in a fun environment, the better. Our strength programs run from thirteen years old. The more a child can move and learn to move in critical periods of development the better they will be for it. It helps the tendons and ligaments get stronger, it helps cartilage growth, general strength and overall maturation of the child. Strength training is a specific type of training the enhances the child’s athletic potential.
What is athletic potential?
The future ability of a child in athletic form; this means if a child wants to play rugby league, undertaking strength training will enhance their tendon, and ligament strength, along with many other physiological and biomechanical characteristics that will improve their ability to play rugby league. The same goes for rowing or netball or any other sport you can think of.
When: School term 4 ,2017
How Much:10 week program – $400