Fitness Training For Youth – what age do you start training someone?
How old should your fitness training for youth clients be?
How about young athletes?
I have to admit to being utterly stunned by the opinions
some very esteemed members of our industry shared on this
topic on a popular website recently.
“No one under the age of 12”
“It’s hard to teach kids under the age of 14 proper technique”
I am more convinced than ever that the IYCA is 100% necessary
in this industry.
In the world for that matter.
What is magical about the age of 12?
Why is that considered an age that adjunct fitness training for youth is fine,
but 11 or 10 is an issue.
Here’s the real crux of the problem –
Many people in this industry simply don’t understand.
And although we live in a free country and I wholly support
the right of everyone to express there opinion, it really
makes me wonder why highly esteemed and influential
members of any community don’t first understand the issue
before stating a strong stance on the matter.
Notice how I never discuss the virtues of training highly
elite athletes or senior citizens?
It’s because I understand and respect my limitations as
a professional and find it silly to wield any sort of
influence over a topic I know nothing about.
Ideally, I wouldn’t want to have children pay for my
Kids should be outdoors, in the sun, playing and growing
physically for the exercise stimulus they encounter.
Just like I was as a kid.
The problem is they’re not doing that.
Kids should be enjoying at least 45 minutes of well-designed
and developmentally-sound physical education everyday in
But that’s not happening either.
That is why we need fitness training for youth.
If you know anything at all about human growth and
development, you know that the plasticity of the nervous
system is such that exposure to physical activity is a
must at an early age.
And while I would love to see kids just step outdoors
again and enjoy ‘free play’ experiences or partake in
vigors daily exercise in gym class, I also long for the
days when the gas to fill my car cost less than an
Obese kids aren’t active and must outlets to become
Young athletes are at the mercy of under-educated and
over-zealous Coaches so must have a voice of reason in
their adjunct training programs that involve more than
just pushing through biomotor increases.
I’m not going to say that our industry has done a fantastic
job of understanding and applying proper elements of fitness training for youth…
… But that’s all the more reason to LEARN them through
a credible organization rather than merely cutting off a
segment of the population who desperately needs help.
Let me know your thoughts…
‘Till next time,