Friday, August 10, 2007

When Is It Safe For Kids To Begin Weight Training?

There is no minimum age for kids to begin lifting weights or strength training. Generally, if your child is ready for participation in sports (usually ages 5 or 6), he or she is ready for some type of resistance training. The child should be emotionally mature enough to accept and follow directions from competent adult instructors. Here are some benefits of youth resistance training:

--Increased muscle strength and endurance.
--Increased bone density.
--Decreased risk of injury.
--Position changes in body composition.
--Improved sports performance, running speed and jumping ability.
--Improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
--Overall improved health.

Some great body weight or light dumbbell weight exercises are these:

Squats, lunges, bench press, dumbbell fly, dumbbell row, pushups, biceps curl,
dumbbell heel raise (two legs and single leg),
dumbbell overhead shoulder press,
abdominal crunches, lying back extensions.

Other things being equal, a muscular, powerful athlete will outperform a fat, slower or skinny, weaker athlete. Sports Fitness Hut's Fat Blaster Athletic Power Training System will give you your "lean and mean" athletic machine!

Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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1 comment:

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