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Youth Fitness! The Importance Of Strength Training For Youth!

Youth Fitness! The Importance of Strength Training For Youth!

First of all, I want to say that strength training for today’s youth is something that everyone should consider as long as your kid meets certain standards. Now what do I mean by standards? It is fine for a child to participate in a youth strength training program provided that the kid is mature enough to focus and follow instructions.

I want to clarify that when I say strength training, I am talking about a well-structured and competent program that is supervised and meets the needs of the participant involved. This doesn’t mean competitive weight-lifting. Also, when I say supervised I mean professionally supervised. Mom and Dad, unless you are a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist don’t bother trying to be the expert. Set aside your pride and let the professionals take over if you want what is best for your kid. I have been training kids and youth athletes for a long time and have seen too many problems with kids getting injured, misinformed, or burned-out due to receiving incompetent instruction from an unqualified adult. Too many problems like childhood obesity and youth onset diabetes are piling up in this country. Not only are we the fattest nation in the world, but because of the many health problems I just mentioned the same diseases we face as adults are spilling over into our youth. Strength training for kids offers a tremendous solution to these raging health issues. It gets kids used to handling resistance and developing lean muscle tissue to promote a healthier foundation further on into their adulthood development.

Get your kids involved. Youth exercise should be a priority for your child. Be a proponent of fitness and use your own health as an example to get your child involved in a strength training program!

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I’m Brandon Richey the Strength and Conditioning Pro!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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