7 Steps to Kids Programming: Part 3

Kids Programming Picking up from yesterday… Over the years, I have grown fond of referring to these issues as the ‘Likely Bunch’ and have created a training template intended to meet of the aforementioned needs as a matter of principle rather than what an assessment tells me. Rather than programming for the day, week or month, my standard Training Template for a high school athlete looks as follows: Tissue Quality – 10 minutes ROM/Torso/Activation – 10 minutes Movement Preparatory – 10 minutes Movement – 10 minutes Strength/Power Technique – 10 minutes Strength Execution – 10 minutes.. More »

7 Steps to Programming for young athletes: Part 2

Programming for young athletes Here’s where I left off yesterday… Moreover, I’d be willing to bet that 90% or better of the 13 year olds who walk into your facility would ‘fail’ this standard assessment: They’re growing and lack mobility They growing and lack coordination They sit all day and have inappropriate hip functionality as a result They’ve been introduced to improper ‘training’ and lack posterior strength A formal assessment can certainly show us gains, improvements and corrections when performed at regular intervals – and because of that, I am all for them. But here’s what.. More »

7 Steps to Programming for Young Athletes

Programming for Young Athletes Template Design is a style of programming that has yet to truly catch on industry-wide, but is remarkably effective; especially when working with younger, sport-based populations.   Although I enjoy articles that are weighty in scientific specifics and complete in the depiction of the theories they are purporting, I also tend to benefit as much, often more, from less wordy commentaries that are pithy in nature.   So today, brevity wins.   In the current state of our industry (and I admit, this may be a terribly unpopular statement) we tend to over-scrutinize from a formal.. More »

Young Athletes and Skill Sets

KISS Me: Skill Setting the Jump Shot for young athletes (Part I) My college kinesiology professor may have been the first to introduce me to the KISS Principle, but I have come across it many times since. “Keep it simple, stupid!” is a mantra we might all do well to give some thought as we develop our programming. In my opinion, there is simply no better way of “keeping things simple” than skill setting. A long time IYCA staple, skill setting is the process of breaking down movement patterns into smaller elements, teaching and refining those elements, then.. More »

Youth Fitness Matrix

The Youth Fitness and Sport Training market has officially exploded. Trainers, Coaches, Facilities and Health Clubs worldwide have all jumped at this new opportunity to provide quality service to the demographic most in need. And the market has responded. More than 1 million kids and teenagers hired a Personal Trainer last year in the United States alone and as much as $4 billion are spent every year in this country on training and coaching for kids. But as with any new marketplace, the professionals who can claim ‘Specialist’ status will eventually become the go-to-experts for.. More »

Back to School with the IYCA

IYCA Education Time… September marks the beginning of yet another long school year for kids all over the world. I remember distinctly the feelings I had as the lazy summer days came to a close and the word ‘responsibility’ started circulating through my daily thoughts. Responsibility to wake up earlier than I had been used to. Get to class on time. Diligently tend to my homework nightly.

Youth Training By Eric Cressey

Youth Training Done right Last November, a good buddy of mine who is a very accomplished college strength coach came up to Boston for a seminar we put organized on a Sunday. He actually flew up Friday night so that he could observe on Saturday while we trained our clients – which was a nice blend of youth training, high school, college, and professional athletes, plus our adult clientele. All told, I’d say that high school athletes are 70% of our clientele. That Tuesday morning, I woke up to this email from him:

Young Athletes & Motor Skill – Audio

Motor Skill Development & Young Athletes… The cornerstone of progressive training programs. Enjoy this information on young athletes and please be sure to leave a comment below:

Pro Athletes & Youth Conditioning

Here are your updates to www.IYCAMembers.com for the week of August 30, 2010 1) AUDIO – HOW PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ARE AFFECTED BY YOUTH CONDITIONING & TRAINING Our newest IYCAMembers.com Columnist is the incredible, Sue Falsone. Sue is the Head Physical Therapist for Athletes Performance, a Speaker on the Perform Better Tour and the PT for Major League Baseball’s, Los Angeles Dodgers. Quite the pedigree! In this interview, Sue explains the role of Youth Athlete Development Training and its impact she sees everyday with elite, professional athletes. Quality training at the youth level is.. More »

The 3 Rules of Youth Fitness: Part 1

Youth Fitness Rules to follow When I look around the industry, I find myself becoming more and more discontented with the view.  It seems that there is a never-ending litany of new, innovative and advanced techniques in the field of strength and conditioning that are, in essence, just re-fabricated models and methods that have proved tried and true for literally decades. This is especially true at the youth level where we tend to walk the fine line of wavering between dummying down adult-based prescription and creating ‘novel’ schemes of building the same results that can, and are developed through.. More »

Youth Fitness: The Missing Ingredient

Missing Ingredient in Youth Fitness From IYCA Columnist and internationally-acclaimed Coach, Wil Fleming: “If you truly want your athletes to succeed, the IYCA nutrition certification is an absolute must! The IYCA Nutrition Certification is just one more thing in a long line that the IYCA has produced to help those in the youth fitness industry become more complete professionals. The information contained in the certification is practical, and easy to implement to give your athletes the best tools to succeed. “Dr. Chris Mohr presents the information in an easy to understand and straightforward manner, it does not need.. More »

Young Athletes & Nutritional Supplementation

IYCA Training Advisor, Dave Gleason, posted this incredible question on our Members Only message board a few days ago: Gatorade is making a big push with its Series – Prime, Perform and Recover. I have questions about – 1) Its efficacy 2) Its quality 3) Its potential as a viable alternative for the young athletes we deal with on a day to day basis. Dr. Chris Mohr chimed in with an answer:

Professional Athletes & Youth Nutrition?

Youth Nutrition Importance The Kansas City Chiefs. Washington Red Skins, Kansas City Royals, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks and University of Louisville… Not to mention Men’s Health, the Discovery Channel and Under Armor. That’s a short list of the professional sports teams, institutions and multi-media organizations who think Dr. Chris Mohr is ‘top dog’ when it comes to nutrition. And that’s precisely why I hand-picked him to create the IYCA’s “youth nutrition Specialist” certification course. Scientifically sound nutrition strategies that when implemented will improve athletic performance Reinforce effective nutrition teaching tools to provide.. More »

The Chicken or The Egg in Youth Fitness

Youth Fitness: which came first? Mobility before Stability? Stability before Mobility? I’ve read research that states both… In your practical experience, which order makes most sense in youth fitness? Please… Let us know:

Youth Conditioning Market: The Train Is Leaving…

Youth Conditioning Market: the perfect storm Fitness Professionals with acumen for business will clearly recognize that the youth conditioning market represents a literal perfect storm in terms of revenue potential and stability.  There are relatively few professionals who specialize in this niche and yet the consumer demand is growing by the day.  In fact, unlike adult-centric demographics, the youth conditioning market contains sub-niches – all of which may satiate a respective Trainers desire to work with certain individuals and not others. The most common opportunities found in the youth conditioning market are as follows – 1. Youth Conditioning.. More »

Are You Irreplaceable?

It’s not about the certifications, letters after your last name, education, experience or even results. It’s about whether or not you have made yourself indispensable. In the immortal words of modern-day marketing sage, Seth Godin, to find success, you must become a “Linchpin”. Linchpins are those things you absolutely cannot live without. They are what make your life both possible and efficient. Sometimes, they are the obvious, notable and large things. But more often than not, they are the subtle and behind-the-scenes contraptions, services or actions that most don’t even realize are there… More »

Qualifications to Work with Young Athletes

Young Athletes and the qualifications needed to train them I started my career by training nothing but Olympic Champions, National Team Competitors and Professionals Athletes. But what I came to realize is that none of those experiences made me qualified to train young athletes.  Neither would I be qualified if I had an Olympic Medal around my neck or a Super Bowl ring on my index finger. We constantly mistake ‘big names’ or ‘big credentials’ as qualified. Let me put it this way… The most impressive and decorated mathematician at NASA is a literal genius with the topic of math, but.. More »