I'm sure, like me, you want the younger generation to develop the skills they need for living a happy and healthy life. Here at Kidz Impact our Mission is to inspire all children to build healthy habits for life. Through our super fun Strength & Conditioning system, specifically designed for children of all ages and abilities, we work hard to help kids stay healthy, get active and build their confidence. I just wanted to share some deeper insight with you into the 'Why' behind the method (and often the madness!) in delivering our Kidz Impact mission...!
Building a foundation of General Physical Preparation
As a former gymnast and now a competitor in the sport of weightlifting I have put in a fair few hours of strength & conditioning training over the last 30+(!!) years. I know that progress is built on a solid foundation of mastering the basics first - from eating well and getting enough rest, to moving with integrity and purpose on a regular basis. Our syllabus, from kids through to teens, is therefore based on a progressive system, with badges and awards, personalised to each child's pace of learning, so that they can build from their solid foundation up.
Functional training for a healthy life
Having participated and coached in several different sports over the years I understand that no matter what the activity, whether it's elite sport or day-to-day life, they all share in common a fundamental set of movement patterns. Our ability to perform those movement patterns unfortunately diminishes if we don't set aside time on a regular basis to get active (you've heard of the expression 'use it or lose it'...?). At Kidz Impact we design our lesson plans so that they are fun and varied, incorporating a wide range of skills, but always rooted in the fundamentals of good movement.
More than fitness
I also know that through my experiences in sport as a child, not only did I build the foundations for a healthy adult life (as well as for a second career in a different sport), but I also learnt what it meant to work hard, to set goals, to be part of a team, to fail, to succeed, to build confidence, to be open-minded and to make friends for life. Our programme is carefully constructed to give all children the opportunity to develop their 'real-life skills' in a progressive and fun environment. And get super fit at the same time!
By applying these three simple rules: 1) Training functional movements, 2) Training progressively and 3) Incorporating the skills applicable in everyday life, we can inspire all children to Build Healthy Habits for LIFE!