Here Come the Kids!
The Anxiety is Setting In…
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little anxious these past couple weeks. My schedule is changing, I’ve decided to make myself busier and I’m nervous. I will be spending a lot more time with kids in July, both at CPM and in Canton. So I have to ask myself…
😯 How do I take my knowledge and apply it to kids?
🤔 What does a class with 7-10 years olds look like versus a class of 11-15 year olds?
😵 Will I be able to gain the respect and attention of the football team, wrestling team, all teams???
🤓 How do you safely teach kids to lift weights?
😬 How do you safely teach kids to do gymnastic movements?
Barbell Movements 🏋️
Fundamentals are always first. Take back squats for instance. Before they put any weight on their bar, can they properly perform an air squat? If not, let’s work on that. If they can (which most kids can with a little coaching), we can start looking at barbell back squat form with the older kids. Can they keep their heels on the ground? Is their back flat? This is why you must watch your kids or have someone watching them when they begin to lift. Habits are hard to break so start their lifting career off the right way!
Gymnastics Movements 🤸♀️
Another BIG misconception is that gymnastic movements aren’t as “dangerous” as weighted movements. Have you done a kipping pull-up? If you have done one or attempted one, you know the amount of force that movement is putting on your lats. Pound-wise it’s more than your body weight. Some gymnastic movements can actually cause more damage than light weight movements and, just like the barbell movements, you must learn proper technique.
As you will see in videos and pictures this July, I have kettlebells, dummbbells, jump ropes and wallballs just for the kids. We will also be taking advantage of gymnastics mats. This equipment is going to be a game changer for our kids classes and Lisa and I are super excited to get started. 💃
Have a great 4th of July week and don’t forget to wear your Red, White and Blue this Friday!! 🇺🇸
Workout of the Day:
2 Rounds for Time
30 C2B Pull Ups
20 Box Jumps