You may have been told at some point that kids shouldn't do resistance training or weight lifting because "it isn't safe" or it could "stunt their growth". That way of thinking has evolved over the years, and many researchers have found that strength training is actually beneficial for children.
"Light weights allow mechanics and consistency to be developed with a manageable load and can reduce the severity of accidental injuries. This invested time also translates to more efficient movement, promoting orthopedic safety as loading incrementally increases with athletic tenure."
This article highlights a study which found "To conclude, resistance training is absolutely an important component to add to the training regime of kids, regardless of age group. Physiologically, muscle fitness is associated with decreased adiposity, improved bone health and a reduction of metabolic risk factors (6). Additionally, it also is positively associated with self-esteem and perhaps even cognitive ability."
If you have kids aged 5 - 13 and you'd like them to build physical competency and improve self esteem, have them try our Kids Class every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30pm!
Start at 70-75% and build to a Heavy 5-Rep
12 min AMRAP:
5 Deadlifts (275/185)
3 Bar Muscle Ups
Rx+: Deadlifts @ 315/205
Goal: Keep the bar moving, consistent pace