Kids Fitness And The Little Things about Coaching…

Kids Fitness Coaching Tip. By Brian Grasso

Great kid.


Hard worker.


Lots of talent.


But very quiet and tends to get left out in other kids fitness partner drills.


It’s very faint in the video, but you can just barely hear me talking to him.


I’m inspiring him based on what I’ve seen about his personality.


Talking just to him.


Notice the ‘high five’ and quick pat on the stomach at the end of his set.


Sometimes it’s good to motivate loudly.


Other times it’s effective to be highly energetic and charismatic.


But you have to understand your audience and determine how best they will listen to your message.


In this case, I felt it was critical to let him know I thought he did a great job without being overly exuberant about it.


The Art of Coaching Kids fitness at work…





5 Responses

  1. Andy sasimowicz says:

    Yes you must get to know how the individual ticks and responds to you as the individual.Without doubt, as teachers coaches, etc we need to ask this question, what does this person require and how do we as teachers deveop and improve them, taking ito account the persons personality?Body language, talk and encouragement are all part of this intricate process.But its not easy I speak from 25 years experience! hey but nothing is impossible.IYCA is pointing us all in the correct diection.

  2. Andy Voris says:


    Very good stuff! Keep up the good work!

    Want to ask you….how do I get the high schools to stop the madness in Glen Ellyn.
    This week was the first week for many sophomores in the area to lift(ever) with the team and they are already doing 3-5 sets of 8 reps heavy dead lift and cleans. I don’t get it…..how do I get through to these guys?

    I would love your input!

  3. BrianGrasso says:

    Thanks for the comments, fellas!

    I agree Andy… it can be quite an uphill battle. For me, it became a trust issue. Once the coaching staff trusted my philosophies and methodologies, it swung the door open for a real conversation about what needed to change in their system.

    I started slowly and constantly pointed out young athletes who were excelling from a technical perspective. I explained how quality execution was the single most important building block to biomotor gain. I coached with charisma (as I always do) and the kids began to trust me as well. It took a few months, but I was able to generate enough trust to allow for an open and communicative discussion… Haven’t looked back since.


  4. Mike Skofalnc says:

    Brian looks like a great drill and a great approach to coaching young INDIVIDUALS!! Too many times coaches seem to want to throw a big blanket over everyone and coach 30 different kids in one fashion. By the way I would love to hear your opinion on this workout that was being done at the High School that I coach at. (not this particular sport) Young Freshmen and Soph. football players pushing the JV Coach’s 3/4 ton 4×4 truck up an incline using 3 kids at a time. Potential for disaster??? Or am I not with the times?? Would love to air my opinion with the coaching staff, but would want to do it in a professional and rational way.


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