Is Strength Training Safe for Kids?

Parents who want to give their kids an extra competitive and athletic advantage are equally worried about not pushing their kids too hard.

You may hear “strength training” and think that it’s a bit of an overkill at this age.

But strength training means working muscles to make them work better. It’s not about bulking up by lifting massive weights.

A lot of the strength training done by adults is for competitions where everyone tries to look the biggest and lift the heaviest. This would naturally be harmful to young still-developing bodies.

So even if your child has dreams of becoming a bodybuilder, it’s best to set those aside for the next few formative years.

In the meantime, how can strength training (safely) benefit your kids?

  • Increases endurance
  • Reduces likelihood of sports-related injuries
  • Boosts endurance
  • Strengthen bones
  • Encourage a healthy weight for your child

Kids’ strength training programs are different from those of adults. They should be fun, light, and focused on technique. Kids also need adult supervision and plenty of time to warm up and cool down. As teens age, they may choose to focus on increasing resistance or weight or reps. But childhood a great time for kids to learn the right form.

To provide safe strength training, your child needs two things:

1. The ability to follow direction for proper technique
2. An experienced trainer

At STACK Sports Training & Therapy, we welcome kids as young as 8 into our Accelerated Young Athlete Program. That’s the perfect age when kids are able and eager to pick up on the proper technique for improving strength.

For the best youth fitness training course in Atlanta, stop over at none other than STACK Sports Training & Therapy!

Posted on behalf of STACK Sports Training & Therapy