How it Works
Being a good athlete depends on developing a wide variety of skills, movements, and strength. This program works to integrate all of these functionally through a long-term process. We will start from square one so each athlete learns proper technique and can perform every exercise safely. Workouts will focus on body control, mobility, movement skills, explosive power, core/medicine ball work, different types of strength development, speed and agility skills, and (sometimes) elements of conditioning. Sessions will follow a general workout scheme and will be tailored to each individual. Each session will be approximately one hour in length.
Athletes aged 10-14 are at the perfect age to start higher-level athletic training. This includes basic strength training, core/trunk stability work, speed and agility skills, and low-intensity plyometrics. These are crucial skills to start learning and developing in order to lay a foundation for success in high school. Waiting will put you behind the curve, training them now will prepare the body for higher-level work and help boost overall performance. Most workouts will be body-weight or light dumbbell/kettlebell, we will not be lifting heavy weights since this is unnecessary and unhelpful at this stage.
Who is This Class For?
The Beginners Strength Program is designed for all athletes from all sports ages 10-14. We tailor the training so it is appropriate for each kid’s age and ability level. The program can benefit all athletes who have been cleared by their doctor for athletic activity, both with and without prior experience. We structure our classes to help kids learn to train in the right way with fun but highly focused programming.
Weekly Class Schedule
Athletes train 2-3 times per week (depending on their selected program). Athletes training 2x/week have three chances to make two classes. Classes are at the following times:
- Monday: 5:00-6:00 pm
- Thursday: 5:00-6:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00-1:00 pm
Is This Program Safe?
Workout programs like we design and implement are completely safe (outside of the normal risk associated with any form of athletic training). Research has consistently shown that younger athletes can safely lift weights and even do low to medium level plyometrics without concern for long-term effects. The key is to focus on teaching proper technique, gradually increasing intensity, and emphasizing form and execution over heavy weight. We want to create athletes, not muscle-bound kids. To this end we follow the recommendations and programming advice of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Youth Conditioning Association. Our focus is on athleticism, and the majority of the training will be body weight or light resistance (bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc.).
What if We Miss a Class or Go Out Of Town?
Athletes who miss classes are able to make up all classes within each monthly billing cycle. For example, an athlete signed up to 2x/week training can go to all three classes one week if he missed a class the previous week. You can also freeze (via your online account settings) the monthly payment if you will be out of town for an extended period of time. You can then restart it when ready to get going again.
How Long Does the Program Last?
Each individual progresses differently. Athletes can make tremendous, sustained progress with consistent work over time. At a certain point they will need higher level training, at this point they can move onto to our Sports Performance Classes. This might happen after 1 year, or several years in the Beginner Strength Program.