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Building Powerful Children Through Interval (Weight) Training

This week our Lesson Plans feature a session focused on building explosive power endurance through a method of training called Interval Weight Training (IWT).

 

“Short-term intense interval training is highly effective in altering the ratio of lean body mass to fat without compromising muscle mass.” - Pat O’Shea

 

The method was developed by Pat O’Shea in the 1960s and includes intense interval work that combines explosive movement patterns with aerobic exercise. This style of training uses a large percentage of the body’s muscle mass and both fast and slow twitch fibres. It has been shown to have a major impact on developing explosive power and endurance simultaneously and is a great tool for optimising human performance for any sport, such as athletics or gymnastics, or simply to build healthy humans.

A typical IWT session has three phases: 

Phase 1: A circuit that combines an explosive lift or movement, such as one of the...

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The Benefits of Strength & Conditioning Training for Children

Getting children involved in a good strength & conditioning programme from an early age has many benefits that provide the framework towards building lifelong healthy habits. It also forms an essential component of training for improved athletic performance in any sport from grassroots to elite level.

Why do strength & conditioning?

Strength & Conditioning is primarily concerned with developing proper movement patterns through practice and play in a safe, controlled environment. By repeatedly training a variety of fundamental movement patterns amongst the joints, they become second nature; developed in the brain and engrained through neuromuscular motor development to build neurological pathways that last a lifetime.

A well-rounded programme that includes the basic movements of hinging, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, crawling, rolling, carrying, running, jumping, throwing etc. forms a basis from which children (and adults) can learn more complex skills, as well as...

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KIDz IMPACT: Proud Partners of GymCon 2019

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We are super excited to announce that KIDz IMPACT is an official partner of GymCon 2019

Come and visit the KIDz IMPACT stand on the day, where we have an extra-special treat in store for all gym club owners/managers! We look forward to seeing you there!

GymCon is Europe's leading gymnastics coach education event, created by world-class gymnastics coach and consultant Nick Ruddock. The event will host over 400 like-minded and forward thinking gym owners, coaches and sporting experts who will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience on the ever-important topic of creating strategy for success. 

There is also a fantastic line-up of expert speakers including Aimee Boorman, Barry Collie, Gerben Wiersma, Kate Richardson Walsh and Nick Ruddock.

GymCon 2019 takes place on June 2nd at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham > secure your ticket.

It is a real privilege to work with Nick Ruddock Gymnastics and the GymCon team and we can't wait to be part of...

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A Pirate Map for Success!

Back in January I, and the Coaching Team at CrossFit Maidenhead, ran a workshop for their adult members on setting Goals and Habits for success in and out of the gym.

When we planned the event we were keen to go beyond the usual Goal-Setting activities that people often go through at the start of the New Year, only to be forgotten by February! We wanted to help members build the habits and strategies to help them sustain long-term progress towards their goals, while supporting a happy, healthy life beyond the goal itself.

I was reminded of one of the activities we went through at the workshop while listening to a podcast with Pat Flynn and Strength & Conditioning expert, Dan John last week. As it turns out it was a useful and timely exercise for me to revisit, so I wanted to share my own example as I think it is useful, not only for adults, but for children too. In fact I believe goal setting and strategic thinking are valuable skills for children to...

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Coaching the next generation of Coaches

On February 18th the very first KIDz IMPACT Coach Training Day took place at Phoenix Gymnastics Club Windsor!

Sixteen Coaching Role Models from Phoenix Gymnastics, Flair Gymnastics and CrossFit Maidenhead attended the course. A couple of our Teen Impact members were also given the opportunity to participate and have been hand-picked to join the team because they share our values, have a passion for our mission and show great potential as future coaching professionals.

The Coach Training Day covers topics including Strength & Conditioning, Principles of Coaching and Safeguarding Children, as well as everything that's needed to Deliver the KIDz IMPACT Programme, bespoke to each gyms facility and membership.

Enthusiastic participation in the Practical Sessions (including a workout led by Coach Emma!) is also essential and provides an opportunity to get to know other passionate kids coaches in a fun and friendly setting ;)

The full KIDz IMPACT Coach Education Programme extends...

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