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The #1 Youth Sports Training Question…

 

youth sports training

Youth Sports Training with Weights

At what age should a young person begin lifting weights or using Kettlebells?

 

The question I get asked more than any other.

 

Here’s my brief thought on the matter (taken right from the curriculum found in the IYCA’s Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 Certification (more…)

Your Missing Strategy for Young Athlete Success

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One word for you and your young athlete:

 

Communication

 

Are you communicating properly with your young athlete?

 

If you aren’t, will it impact the potential success for the young athlete?

 

Watch this:

 

 

The Art of Coaching is One of the Biggest Aspects of the IYCA ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1’ Certification…

 

Click Here to See What I Mean —> http://iyca.org/products/yfs1

 

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Youth Fitness Business: Training Adults is More Difficult – Part 3

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Youth Fitness Business vs Adults Continued

Youth Fitness Business

6.) Poor Posture – Let’s face it… adults have been on this earth longer and therefore, have been battling gravity longer. With prolonged static postures at 8-10 hour jobs–combined with inactivity, the typical adult suffers from the most common postural dysfunction: upper and lower crossed syndromes.

 

True, but activity (especially competitive activity) doesn’t lessen the risk or incidence of postural dysfunction, it adds to the matrix of work a Coach must do with young athletes.

 

The one feature present in youth that makes this point even more issue-oriented is the fact that teenagers are in growth. Over-specialization and competitiveness in youth sports have made the time frame of PHV (and beyond) extraordinarily challenging from a coaching, bodily dysfunction standpoint.

 

Conservatively, 60% of the young athletes you will work with are considered ‘sport specialists’ in terms of their lack of multi-lateral development. That degree of over-patterninzation coupled with human growth factors can and does make posture, dysfunction and injury consideration an absolute nightmare at the youth level of coaching.

 

7.) Personalities – Adults are more set in their ways. They present Type A or Type B personalities which force fitness professionals to adjust their coaching style several times per day. Young athletes are typically trained in groups and THEY must adjust to the coaching style. When your 54 year old client is a vice-president of a large investment firm, do you really think he wants to be coached in a manner that invokes he is the “subordinate”? Consider this: a youngster are more coach-able.

 

Couldn’t disagree with this point more. For years, I constructed a personality profile for working with young athletes that was based on the reality of different temperament types – and is the cornerstone of the ‘Art of Coaching’ portion of the IYCA’s Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 course.

 

The days of having all your young athletes ‘adjust to your coaching’ are long past. The reality is that coaching young people is about education and developing skill set – that requires an involved process of altering communication styles and understanding learning sequences.

 

Combine that with the rather diffuse nature of a young person’s personality – if you’ve ever trained a 15 year athlete the day after they’ve broken up with their girlfriend or boyfriend, you know exactly what I mean.

 

The IYCA context of personality profile looks like this:

 

  • High Motivation/High Skill
  • Low Motivation/High Skill
  • High Motivation/Low Skill
  • Low Motivation/Low Skill

 

Each personality type requires an extremely different coaching method in order to ensure adequate communication and learning. Moreover, a given young athlete can (and will) change their profile daily. Learning how to work with varying personalities in the same group and managing to keep effective communication and learning moving forward well is the art of what we do.

 

8.) Orthopedic issues – Most adults will present orthopedics problems stemming from past knee surgeries, hip replacements, frozen shoulders, blah, blah, blah. This list is long. The bottom line is adults have not taken care of themselves for longer period of time than today’s youth. Their bodies are weathered. They have neglected their bodies for a longer period of time and therefore, are paying the price now. Fitness professionals need to adjust, modify, and help correct certain aspects of the kinetic chain to make the exercise program enjoyable, pain-free, and effective.

 

My points from #6 stand so no need to re-hash. I will add however, that 99% of young athletes who come to you have had incredibly poor weight room experiences in the past (and may even continue that trend while in your care). Orthopedic issues abound with every young athlete I have ever worked with and although John’s point of adults being in disrepair longer than kids is reasonable, the alternative side of that argument is, yes… but kids are experiencing loads and improper movement patterns that make orthopedic concerns ongoing and ever changing.

 

Become a Youth Fitness Specialist Today —> http://iyca.org/fitspecialist1/

And start your own path to a youth fitness business

 

– Brian

 

 

Youth Fitness Matrix

 

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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 consumers at large.

 

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Teaching Olympic Lifts – Video

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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.

 

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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 certified through the IYCA live, with me teaching the material."

 

Since co-developing the Level 1 course with Dr. Kwame Brown three years ago, Grasso doesn’t conduct live trainings himself any longer.

 

The next two Perform Better events are schedule for Chicago, Illinois in June and Long Beach, California in August.
The IYCA ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1′ certification course will be hosted live by Brian Grasso on Thursday June 24 (Chicago) and Thursday August 5 (Long Beach).

 

Those interested in attending can contact Perform Better directly at 888-556-7464.      

 

Hawaii Trainer Becomes Leading IYCA Professional

 

IYCA recognition

 

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Brady (melissa_brady@iycasupport.com)

 

 

May 31, 2010:  Michael Labuanan has recently become the IYCA’s most decorated professional in the world.

 

The Hawaiian native was the first IYCA Professional to earn the organizations ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 3’ distinction.

 

The ‘Level 3’ distinction has allowed Labuanan to claim the title as the most credentialed Member of the IYCA International Family of Youth Fitness Specialists.

 

“I love everything about the IYCA and what it stands for” said Labuanan.  “I am ecstatic to be the first certified ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 3’ and the highest ranking IYCA certified trainer in the world right now.  The support of the Members and staff in this organization is by far the best”.

 

“I don’t think we could be more proud of Michael and his efforts” said Brian Grasso, Founder and CEO of the IYCA.  “He is a model for other IYCA Family Members worldwide”.

 

To date, only two other Youth Fitness Specialists have earned the ‘Level 3’ credentials through the IYCA.

 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the IYCA family. Since joining the IYCA in 2008 and becoming a certified YFS two years ago, my youth fitness program has flourished with the education I have received and continue to receive about youth fitness”, said Labuanan.

 

“This has definitely been a life changer and I cannot express the gratitude I have for my IYCA Family”.

 

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Youth Fitness Specialist: How Do I Train Junior Golfers?

Youth Fitness Specialist

Good Afternoon Brian,

 

I am a PGA golf professional and do a lot of teaching, including junior clinics. I am looking to include physical fitness into my junior golf program and get away from having the kids just hitting golf balls for the hour lesson. What information do you have to offer that might specifically address what programs to design for different age groups and child development stages in general?

 

I look forward to hearing from you

 

Thanks,

Joe, PGA

 

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Children’s Health & Lucky Charms – Is This Good or Bad?

 

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Children’s Health

Children’s Health, a new magazine as part of the "Men’s Health" brand,
will be released soon.

 

I’m interested.

 

Anxious.

 

Curious.

 

A new and improved trend or more of the same fluff?

 

It’s very easy to throw stones.

 

In fact, one of the biggest lessons my Dad ever taught me was about
that particular issue.

 

"It’s easier to throw a brick at a house than it is to build one yourself"

 

Dad’s words have always been a staple in my professional life.

 

So, without opinion, criticism or negative talk, I offer you this one
sentence.

 

It appeared in an article about the impending Children’s Healthrelease.

 

"… 15 pages of advertisements in the first 112-page issue. Seven
of those came from General Mills, selling children’s cereals like Lucky
Charms, with 11 grams of sugar per serving…"

 

So, what say you?

 

Respond from the gut.

 

Yes…. Of course I have my thoughts on the matter.

 

But I truly want to hear what you think.

 

Click below and tell me…

 

Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 Certification Course
Click Here to See to Hear What Our Graduates Have To Say

The Growth & Pride of the IYCA

 

 

"I would suggest that one of the greatest decisions that I have made in my life was to take the IYCA Youth Fitness Certification course that you offer"

 

– Bob Acton

 

Become a IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 today and join the movement!

 

 

Youth Speed Training

 

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Youth Speed Training the IYCA way

Facebook

 

Email

 

Phone

 

Even fax……

 

These are the means by which literally hundreds of Coaches, Fitness Professionals
and Personal Trainers from all over the world have contacted me since Friday
when I announced our exclusive Certification Weekend on July 18 – 19.

 

Speed & Agility Specialist – Level 1

 

Youth Nutrition Specialist

 

Never before have you been given the opportunity to obtain two cutting-edge
credentials for the price of one.

 

Especially not ones that have been created and will be taught by such esteemed
and world-famous Coaches:

 

Lee Taft.

The guru of speed and Youth Speed Training.

The greatest speed and agility coach on the planet today.

 

Dr. Chris Mohr.

Co-author of a book with LL Cool J.

Guest on the Montel Williams Show.

Consultant to UnderArmor.

 

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Youth Speed & Youth Nutrition Certification Information

 

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Youth Speed Certification

Okay, the questions have been flooding in and the hype around
the industry is absolutely huge.

 

People want to know!

 

So here’s your inside track information for the Speed & Agility Specialit certification event-

 

Location: Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center, Hoffman Estates Illinois

 

Dates: Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19

 

Times: 1 – 5pm (CST) both days

 

Seats Available: 50

 

Instructors: Lee Taft & Brian Grasso

 

Credentials: Speed & Agility Specialist – Level 1

 

Recommended Hotel: Marriott Chicago Northwest

 

Special Bonuses & Surprises: This is more than a one-liner….

 

On Saturday July 18, Lee and myself will be teaching you our brand-new
4-hour Speed & Agility Specialist Certification – Level 1.

 

That you already knew.

 

But here are the special bonuses and surprises….

 

What I haven’t told you yet is that you will actually be receiving TWO certifications
during our exclusive weekend.

 

On Sunday July 19, Dr. Chris Mohr will be offering you the newest IYCA credential –

 

Youth Nutrition Specialist

 

Two certifications, one price!

 

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Youth Speed Training Exposed

 

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Youth Speed Training Mistakes

Everyone claims to be an ‘expert’ don’t they?

 

It’s the one title that I truly can’t stand.

 

And I say that because there are very few real experts in the industry of
fitness and sports training.

 

Gray Cook comes to mind as one of them.

 

So to does Alwyn Cosgrove, Al Vermeil and Carlo Alvarez.

 

Experts all.

 

Easy to spot on expert, too. They’re the ones who have a major track record
of success when it comes to training athletes, but are also ALWAYS on the
lookout for stuff they don’t know.

 

Lifelong learners.

 

That to me is what defines an ‘expert’.

 

The greatest expert I know in terms of youth speed training and agility training is a man that
I am 100% sure you know.

 

Lee Taft.

 

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