Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's never too early to start strength training

Axel driving hard and getting full extension on a clean. It's blurry because he's moving the bar fast, not because I'm a terrible photographer.
I always thought that my strengths were working with adults, but it turns out that some of the most fun I have is working with the teens that come in for their special programs. Getting started with strength young has a ton of health and sport-specific benefits, but I won't go there now; if you're reading this you probably already believe that. I think the biggest benefit for kids is that they learn that working hard and sticking with something can have results (even if it takes a long time).

Strength is a skill that takes years to develop. But if you put your mind to it and you consistently come in and work outside your comfort zone, you'll get results. It's one of the last places in the world where we don't have a instant solution (though many are promised in the fitness industry). Teaching kids (well, everyone) to slow down and put in consistent work is an important life lesson. Getting stronger is a side benefit.

You can tell when someone sees the results of their work. They walk around looking more
confident, not just in the gym, but everywhere else in life. And a little extra confidence is especially valuable when you're young.



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

front squat 5-3-3-3x3

Accessory/Skill

2 TGUs between strength sets

Group Workout

5 rounds
row 500m
work:rest 1:1



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