Posted: December 5, 2013 in Guest Blogs

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Parents, mammies & daddies are your children looking for weights this Christmas?

Before running out to the local Argos store and purchasing weights for your children at Christmas id really think twice about how you go around it. Speak to your local qualified coach for guidelines on how to implement this and they will design something for them that is safe, functional and wont damage your kids health down the line. Education here is massive. Schools don’t do enough on this for my liking if I’m honest and i think the minister for education (or whoever) need to change the system. Teachers in primary schools simply don’t do a good job on fundamental movements and its a massive window for these kids to learn them. I’m not blaming the teachers here, some teachers contact us for advice and even asked us out to the schools to do some work with their pupils.

Just last night we had 30 plus u16 girls into the gym for some S&C work and its was frightening to see them move but with a couple of simple external cues on movement it was remarkably better in 15 seconds. Remember don’t be skipping the basic and jumping to the fancy stuff cause it will let you down. Kids need to build from the bottom up, not from top down. 

You could be ruining your child’s long-term development and health. It’s a scary thing right. Don’t be leaving your children unsupervised or risk ruining your child’s health in the long run.Take it from me as I benched my brains out in my teens and did endless stupid shit and now my body hates me with aches and pains in places I didn’t know I had. I see it all the time in commercial gyms, these young lads of 16, 17, 18 years of age gathering around a barbell and not having a clue what they’re doing 0END.0.

Funny thing is in leisure centres/commercial gyms there is so-called fitness instructors or level 1 personal trainers walking right by these young lads and doing nothing about it. Every single day you will see a group of young lads surrounding a bench press, benching at every single angle imaginable, and then moving onto 5 different bicep exercises. (I did it)  Yes you will have a big chest, big arms but you will also develop terrible posture, sore back, shoulder issues etc. and funny thing is you won’t really be strong. It’s funny how people think they are strong because they can case on number on a certain lift but can’t do 20 push up or 5 chins

Oh it’s not always the kids that want weights in the house either, it’s sometimes the parent who push it thinking “Jason is really good at Football/Rugby and he needs to be doing strength and conditioning so he can make it to the top”

My advice for Jason is to get a basic AA (anatomical adaption) program that has the basic foundation fundamental movements. Learn to master these movements  efficiently, build strength, and improve mobility, stability and suppleness.

Once he starts nailing these basic movements then you can think about adding in external loading.

Every child should have these basic movements mastered weather they play sport or not.

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All us S&C coach’s know now for a long time that weightlifting can be affective and increase performance for youth’s in athletic training programs to develop strength, power, and speed in recreational and elite level athletes.

These programs are carried out under qualified and certified coaches so parents please seek advice if they are purchasing weight for your kids.

It is suggested by some of the leading sports science authorities, such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), that in the presence of Suitably qualified personnel, resistance training in general is a safe and effective practice for young athletes to participate (Long-Term Athletic Development and Its Application to Youth Weightlifting) 

If parents need advice or direction then you can contact us on 0861677045 and we will try our best to send you in the right direction. 

We are big followers here of Kelvin Giles and his work on movement. If you want to read more about him follow link to his website  

We also have Kelvin over in February of next year for a one day workshop and it will be beneficial to any body working with kids, athletes of any age, teachers, S&C coach’s. personal trainers and physio’s.

  1. Fred says:

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