You want your child to grow up strong and healthy. You know that strength training is beneficial for adults, but what about children?
There are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to youth strength training. The bottom line is that youth strength training is just as beneficial (if not more) to youth as it is to adults.
As long as your child has the proper support and does not overdo it, your child will improve his or her overall health through strength training.
When your child strength trains under the guidance of a professional youth trainer, he or she can grow up stronger, healthier, and more confident.
Don’t let a myth prevent you from helping your child reach his or her full potential in fitness or sport.
Let’s go ahead and bust these three most common youth strength training myths for good:
Myth #1: It Stunts a Child’s Growth
One of the most common questions parents ask about strength training is if it stunts a child’s growth.
We understand where this myth may have stemmed from: there have been a couple of very rare cases of children sneaking into their parent’s home gyms, grabbing the heaviest weights they could find, and lifting them incorrectly without supervision. This can lead to a growth plate injury in a child which can stunt growth.
However, supervised strength training is completely different.
Youth strength training under professional guidance is completely safe and promotes healthy growth in youth.
A professional youth strength trainer tailors a child’s strength training plan based on age, level of fitness, lifestyle, sport (if the child is an athlete), and other factors.
Typically, weights are not even used unless the child is older and/or training for a specific sport.
Many of the best strengthening exercises for youth are not those that use weights, but those that use resistance and bodyweight (such as planks, push-ups, and exercise band exercises).
One recent research study highlights that strength training can prevent common activity-related and sports-related injuries, manage conditions such as diabetes, prevent or help treat obesity, and improve mental health.
We create personalized youth strengthening programs that will improve your child’s health and fitness and help them achieve personal goals.
All of the youth who have completed our strength training programs have left stronger and fitter.
We will help your child reach health and sports performance goals in a positive, fun, and supportive environment.
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