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...
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...
This week marks exactly one year since KIDz IMPACT was launched and the very first Kidz session ran at Club CrossFit Maidenhead! What a year it's been!
The Kidz and Teens classes at CrossFit Maidenhead are thriving and the community continues to grow each week. The club now has nearly 50 members actively participating in the programme, making great progress on their fitness journey and having fun with their friends every week.
A thriving community at CrossFit Maidenhead.
In fact the numbers show that children really are being inspired to build healthy habits for life...! Between April 2018 - March 2019 more than 80% of children enrolled on a Kidz membership are still active on the programme today, while retention amongst teen members is a huge 96% across the full year!
There have been plenty of other developments too! KIDz IMPACT classes are now part of the programme at Phoenix Gymnastics Club Windsor and are proving to be super popular, with three classes running per week and...
On Good Friday we finished off Winter Term in style at Club CrossFit Maidenhead with an Easter themed workout for the whole family! There were physical challenges, brain teasers and prizes in Easter Egg form.
Fun for the family, with prizes too!
The KIDz IMPACT End of Term Family Workouts continue to be a popular event for our members at CrossFit Maidenhead; they are not only a great way for parents to see first-hand what their children have been learning in class, but our youngest members also have the opportunity to work with our older teenage and parent role models, who they look up to as they build their long-term healthy habits.
Training for the Body and Brain! Can you solve the puzzle in Workout 1?!
There is, of course, always a bit of friendly rivalry between families too ;)
We can't wait until the next event!
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...