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5 Common Resistance Band Training Misconceptions

Dave “The Band Man” Schmitz gave us access to a 30+ minute instructional video on Resistance Band Training including mistakes, when you should start implementing bands with kids, progressions and so much more in our Exclusive IYCA Insiders members site.

It was so good that we had to take a snippet of information and share it with you for free!

Common Resistance Band Misconceptions

  1. Bigger is BetterDave
  2. Quantity over Quality
  3. Bands Don’t Need Progressions
  4. All Bands are Created Equal
  5. Band Training Doesn’t Need Guidelines

Size matters when it comes to bands and bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to working with youth.

Quality trumps quantity in almost all aspects of training kids, but especially when it comes to resistance band training.

Pro Tip: Band training is about high quality recruitment, and great recruitment leads to great movement.

If you think you can just throw an athlete in a band and expect good recruitment, you are wrong. Proper progressions and guidance are needed to provide the best results for your kids.

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Learn when to implement bands into your programs and how to get the most amazing results using this compact tool!

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About the Author: Julie Hatfield

Julie Hatfield (1)Julie is the Executive Director of the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). She grew up as an athlete and played collegiate softball at Juniata College. She currently owns and operates her own youth fitness business pouring into young athletes. Her areas of expertise are youth sport performance, youth fitness business and softball training/instruction. Julie grew up on a dairy farm and can challenge the best of the best in a cow-milking contest. 😉


S’s of Success in Sport Performance

S’s of Success in Sports

A year and a half ago I co-wrote an e-book entitled, Pigskin Prep: The Definitive Youth Football Training Program. Although Pigskin Prep is geared towards preparing our youth for the sport of tackle football, many of the concepts apply to all young athletes.

One of the most important concepts in Pigskin Prep is the S’s of Success. Every coach who works with young athletes should follow this.

Kids are kids. The days of lording over them and expecting them to simply “do as you say” are over. Using the framework of the Pillars of Prep (Pigskin Prep), the four S’s of Success for training and coaching youth athletes were born.

Four S’s of Success

S of Success #1: Smile

Best friendsThis comes first because it is by far the most important S when working with young athletes. If kids do not enjoy what they are doing, they will more often than not tune out their coach and not be attentive during the training session or practice.

Parents will use the disposition of their kids after practice as a thermometer to gauge whether it’s worth the time, commitment and financial investment.

If the perception is that the kids aren’t enjoying it, parents are going to be reluctant in having them continue their involvement with the team or training program.

All kids have the potential to learn and improve their overall physical ability.

What they need is an environment that is both enjoyable and conducive to learning. There is a fine line, however, with how far you can go with this.

Pro Tip: Children still need structure and will benefit most from a systematic approach to training. Show your personality and relate to the kids in your own way. Foster a positive, fun and safe training/learning environment.

Cooperative-based games early in a training session or practice get kids smiling and laughing while simultaneously setting the tone for the remainder of the day.

Pro Tip: Positive affirmation is very important with young athletes. A simple high five or “great job” can go a very long way in building trust. The goal should be intense positivity with your environment and culture.

S of Success #2: Sweat

Sweating is one of the top S’s of Success for youth athletes. The goal of any solid youth fitness program is to prepare children for physical performance!

One of the main goals when training youth athletes is to increase their ability to do more work (work capacity). It may come as a surprise, but this is accomplished by…wait for it…steadily increasing the amount of work they do!

It is perfectly fine if kids are pushed to a point where they’re breathing heavy and feeling uncomfortable. Learning how to get out of one’s comfort zone is an extremely valuable lesson.

One of the biggest mistakes we see when it comes to training children is overworking. There’s a big difference between optimal training and hard training.

Pro Tip: Your goal is to have kids train hard enough to sweat and breath heavily while maintaining the ability to still execute the exercises and/or drills correctly. As soon as form breaks down, you’re wasting time and ingraining flawed movement patterns—which serves no purpose whatsoever.

S of Success #3: Smart

Having a positive and success-minded attitude isn’t something people are just born with—it CAN be taught. In addition to teaching youth athletes the How and Why of training, trainers and coaches have the incredible opportunity to teach them the requisite tools for success in life, not just athletics.

Most children are actually very success hungry. Without experiencing it regularly, they get deflated, which can lead to their self-esteem being negatively affected (Drabik 1996).

This is NOT a rationale for the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality.

Learning that failure is real and loss does happen is equally important for the overall development of a child.

Pro Tip: Finding the balance and challenging kids creates opportunities for them to experience success on a regular basis. Success begets success.

The more success children have, the more of it they want.
Check out Our FREE Mental Toughness Checklist today.


S of Success #4: Snack

almondsNutrition is critical for youth athletes. In their formative years, the majority of a child’s nutritional habits will be set.

In addition to setting the foundation for a healthy life, kids need to learn that what they’re putting in their body can affect their performance both positively and negatively.

Below are a few points one can use to set the foundation for a healthy life when it comes to real food:

  1. Just eat real food
  2. Minimize processed sugars
  3. Consume protein in every meal
  4. Eat every 3-4 hours
  5. Understand how proteins, fats and carbohydrates function in relation to your body


“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
— Vince Lombardi

About the Author: Jeffrey King

Jeff KingJeffrey King, MA, CSCS
– Director of Athletics at Fitness Quest 10
– Co-author of Pigskin Prep: The Definitive Youth Football Training Program

Sport Specific Youth Training: Part 1


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For Sports

As a given sport evolves and the participants within that sport begin to break records and perform what was once considered impossible, you can be sure that advancements in training and conditioning regimes have occurred within that sport. Very few athletes ever become great sport technicians without the inclusion of a comprehensive athletic development and conditioning program as part of their training package. Over the past decade, the type of training and conditioning performed by young, developing and elite athletes has gone from basic fitness to more functionally- based and developmental activities. Figure skating and all of the disciplines under that umbrella are such examples.


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For example, many training coaches prescribe that their skaters practice landing jumps and performing balance based skills (such as spirals) off the ice. On the other side of the spectrum, there are the ‘athletic developers’ who tend not to concern themselves with producing specified strength gains but instead work more directly at improving the complete athletic profile of the skater. The general conception among these professionals is that the greater degree of athleticism the skater has, the more likely he or she will be able to carry out athletic skills. While traditionalists often incorporate basic and conventional exercises into their training programs, the athletic developers come from a more movement based perspective. This style of conditioning is often referred to as ‘functional’ training, which is in fact a misnomer. Let’s examine that.



The X & O Factors in Training Young Athletes


Training Young Athletes

For the purposes of this article, let me say this:


“Kids” is a term I will use to encompass everyone who inhabits the ages of 6 – 18.


Athletes and Non-Athletes alike.


Miniature superstars, bench-warmers and the overweight, will all be lumped under the same umbrella.


And simply stated, I do this because the development parameters of physical stimulus needed for ALL ‘kids’ is the same – at very least in the beginning phases of training spectrum.


Training stimulus with this demographic is guided, primarily, by physiology.



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On Thursday November 19 at 7:00pm (EST) I’m hosting a Teleseminar with Pat Rigsby where we’re going to discuss youth training and answer all your Summit-related questions.


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– Brian