This is something that I am interested in… training youths. And I’m keen for them to be doing ‘strength training’ from an early age. This post will not be a position statement or argument why I believe this, but rather, just an idea of how to sell strength training to youths and mainly, their parents.
You mention strength training or resistance training to parents (of a 10 year old, for example) and they will probably think that their child shouldn’t be doing that sort of thing. But why is that such a popular belief and what do they think strength training is?
If they are imagining their child lifting heavy weights and putting their body under high stress straight off the bat, then I am with them, thinking that their child shouldn’t be doing it.
So what is Strength training for youths:
- Movement Control and Awareness
- Mobility and Flexibility
These are just off the top of my head, so I’m sure you can think of more. If you were to mention this list to parents (especially the first 5), I can’t image they would have any problems with it! However, the list above is basically what strength training is for youths! You could even shorten the list further and call it ‘Movement and Awareness Training’ to begin with as no load or weight is needed for beginners.