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Over the course of the last 25 years, the importance of youth exercise has been a burgeoning discussion topic. With the startling statistics that come out year after year about childhood obesity, coupled with the explosion in popularity of youth sports, there is a huge need to understand the role that strength training should play in the lives of America’s youngsters. But, for whatever reason, despite knowing all of the positive benefits of adult strength programs, there tends to be a ubiquitous apprehension among parents when it comes to getting their children involved with weight training. As a result, knowing both the benefits and understanding the myths of youth strength training is imperative for today’s parents

 Benefits of youth strength training:

  • Reduce injury
  • Improve long-term athletic development
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Improve confidence
  • Improve health
  • Improve body image/self-esteem

Untrue myths of youth strength training:

  • Training with weights is dangerous
  • Weight training will stunt growth
  • Lifting weights will cause back and joint pain
  • Weight training will adversely affect flexibility and reduce speed
  • Strength training will get in the way of sport specific skills practice

Overall, just like the numerous benefits that adults can enjoy from working out with weights, children have the exact same potential. So long as the workouts are designed, instructed, and supervised by knowledgeable professionals, research has shown that children as young as 6 years old can benefit from strength training. So don’t let the myths fool you! A full life of maximum performance, confidence, health, and over all well-being is waiting for your youngster the day that you decide to put a weight in their hand – we hope that day will be today!

N.B. If there are any specific questions that you have about getting your child, or the child of someone you know started on a strength program, please never hesitate to contact us. We would love to discuss in detail this in-depth topic because youth athletics were such a vital component of each of our childhoods and young adult lives. Understanding is the key to success, and who would we rather be successful more than our future generations… 

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