Kids Fitness: Missing the Point… Again

kids fitness By Dr. Kwame M. Brown It would help to read the following article before reading this post, but I will try to summarize below. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/features/article1689463.ece The title of the article: “Is PE a waste of time?”, by Barbara Lantin of the Sunday Times. Yet another provocative title. I guess that’s useful, but the problem is that most do not read through articles like this. I do. So, I am going to first communicate that this title is not supported at ALL by the contents. The gist here is the author and others grossly misinterpreting some longitudinal research done.. More »

Top 3 Speed & Agility With Young Athletes Mistakes – Part 2

Speed & Agility With Young Athletes It is very standard for Coaches and Training Facilities to both expect and ‘sell’ parents on the fact that the young athletes in their care will become decidedly better in only 6 or 8 weeks’ worth of training. And in fact, they’re correct in saying so. But not because their training system is somehow superior or because they possess unique talents as a Coach, quite simply, it’s because human beings are adaptive machines that alter (become better) under the strain of applied demand (training). This is especially true for young people.. More »

Top 3 Mistakes in Youth Sports Training

Youth Sports Training It is customary to see young athletes being taught and drilled on how to run as fast as possible in a straight line. Coaches spend hours teaching the mechanics of ‘linear speed’. Arm drive, hip drive, ankle push, forward lean – all the usual suspects. Whether on a high speed treadmill, gymnasium floor or football field, anywhere you go, you’ll likely see Coaches teaching the techniques of running fast in a straight line moving forward. Now, I don’t really have any fundamental issue with respect to this style of training. I could (and will) argue.. More »

IYCA Offers you More

Industry-wide, we complain that certification organizations are out-dated, take all our money and don’t give us anything back of value in return. Plus, we struggle to earn a living and have one of the highest attrition rates of any profession anywhere in the world. You are confusing the heck out of me! Certification companies ask for your cash, but don’t give you anything of merit for it, and at the same time, you’re unsure how much longer you can keep working in your passion because the long days and horrible hours aren’t making you enough to live.. More »

Kids Fitness: Top 3 Reasons to Play Simon Says

Kids Fitness I’ve just released a very special video of one of my favorite presenters in the world of sport and kids fitness training, Lee Taft. http://iyca.org/dvds/lee It’s from the 2010 IYCA International Summit, where Lee started off his presentation by playing Simon Says for kids fitness with the entire audience – all 300 of us!! But it wasn’t all fun and games as he made some incredibly valid points before he took us through the game:

Teaching Olympic Lifts – Video

Olympic Lifts Coaching The Olympic Lifts are a great tool to use when developing young athletes… … And Coach Wil Fleming is one of the best at teaching them properly. Watch this:

The Youth Fitness Difference

Youth Fitness “Fitness” in Early Childhood: Part I This article is Part I of a series by Dr. Kwame M Brown. There will be more to come, including details about programming and resources for our members. I spend all day around preschoolers and parents. We have a great preschool here at Lee District RECenter in Franconia, VA and the teachers here are all about play! I don’t regularly work formally with the preschool children, but interact with them and play little games with them throughout the day as they bang on my window, or I see them.. More »

The X’s and O’s of Training Young Athletes

Training Young Athletes What a young organism needs to experience in the way of physical stimulus can largely be deduced by chronological age. Certainly biological age (relative body maturation), emotional age (psychological maturation) and even personality (temperament) can all be factored into the equation, but I have found in my 13 year career that chronological age determents can be successfully applied in 90% of the cases – the remaining 10% can be accounted for through proper coaching and identification. Having said all that, the following is a brief rundown of the physical needs of ‘kids’ based on chronological.. More »

Alwyn Cosgrove's Secrets to Success

Each week, I post a new audio for IYCA Members. I call them the ‘8-Minute Rapid Fire’. The amount of information you can get out of someone in just 8-minutes is absolutely amazing… I am stunned at how much experts can reveal in this short amount of time! I want you to listen to Alwyn’s interview carefully. He was diagnosed with cancer twice over the past five years, beat it both times, and in the process, became one of the most successful and inspirational Fitness Professionals in the world… … If this guy is not.. More »

Young Athletes: Teaching the Olympic Snatch – Part 2

by Wil Fleming – www.beforcefit.com Young Athletes and Olympic Snatch Jumping into the second step The second step in our process is very simple. In order to teach the correct methods of activation at the hips, ask your athletes to jump again. This time with the bar in their hands, in a building block method cue the athlete to the start position and then cue with the simple word “jump”. Using this simple switch word, the athlete will begin to extend the hips, within moments of beginning hip extension a slight re-bend of the knees will occur.

How to Teach young athletes the Olympic Snatch

by Wil Fleming – www.beforcefit.com Young Athletes Snatch Lesson On my first day with one of the dozens of high school athletic programs I work with, I rarely walk in and see a bunch of athletes snatching incorrectly. I also don’t have many athletes who come in to my facility for the first time and show technical issues with the snatch. "Great," you say. "A bunch of kids doing a highly technical lift really well." Well… this isn’t exactly the case. I rarely see issues with the snatch on Day 1 because most athletes don’t have any experience.. More »

IYCA: More, Much More

"The IYCA is unmatched as it pertains to the curriculum and practical application of its information. Since obtaining my Youth Fitness Specialists certification I have encountered several opportunities to stand as the expert of youth fitness in my area. The highlight was running a speed and agility camp with over 250 athletes from one of the top 2 soccer clubs in Texas. With my education from the IYCA, I’m confident that I’m, without a doubt, the most qualified youth coach in my area… hands down" That was from my great friend and IYCA Family Member, Donovan Owens. "Brian,.. More »

A Tragedy We’re Just Going to Accept?

Click Here to read the related article again… "I’m not a crazy mom," said Jennifer Sherman of Ridgewood, who explained that she enrolled her 3-year-old son, Jack, because he is desperate to have his own version of baseball after watching so many of his 9-year-old brother’s games. "He wants to do this." For the record, my 4 year old daughter would ‘want’ to have ice cream every night for dinner… Sometimes, parents and coaches need to be the intermediary between what a child wants and what’s best… Please, leave your comments below: – Brian

Goal Setting for Young Athletes

Young Athletes Goals and Dreams Dreams and ambition are great. But how many times have you established a goal for yourself and not completed it? I’ll bet that number totals into the dozens. You start the process, get ultra-excited, amped-up beyond belief… … And then… Nothing. You kind of get started, but not really. You sort of create a plan, but never really follow it. You get confused, overwhelmed, discouraged and then… JUST STOP. Been there myself.

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Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. The main purpose of the IYCA is to assist in

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Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. The main purpose of the IYCA is to assist in

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Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements.

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‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1’ Certification Offered As a Pre-Conference Highlight for Perform Better Tour

Attendees in Chicago and California Invited June 10, 2010 – Attendees at Perform Better events can become certified as Youth Fitness Specialists through the International Youth Conditioning Association; #1 in Youth Fitness and Youth Sports Training. At the Providence, Rhode Island Perform Better event two weekends ago, nearly 50 Fitness Professionals enjoyed an intimate 5-hour seminar, presented by IYCA Founder and CEO, Brian Grasso. "It’s a unique setting and very unique experience for both myself and each of the attendees," said Grasso. "The Perform Better Tour is the only place that interested Fitness Professionals can become.. More »