We may not be able to get to the gym right now, but here at Kidz Impact we are no strangers to a good home workout and a bit of home school*.
Here is a young Coach Emma (former GB gymnast, and Kidz Impact CEO) going through her home conditioning routine, circa 1989! At the time Emma trained around 16 hours per week at the Meapa Gymnastics Club in Kent, and regularly used this home conditioning workout to stay fit and strong on her days off.
Whether you are new to exercise or an aspiring athlete, incorporating a bit of movement into your daily routine is a great habit to set from an early age as it provides the foundation for lifelong health.
Through our collaboration with Flair Gymnastics we are proud to offer access to Gym Classroom, an online platform to provide children of all ages and abilities daily home workouts from Kidz Impact, mobility sessions and gymnastics classes, as well as mindset and relaxation resources to keep the whole family entertained at home.
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Learn how Izzy and Gabby use the Kidz Impact programme to stay flexible and build strength to support their dancing!
Kidz Impact is a super fun fitness programme specifically designed to cater for children of all ages and abilities. Our Mission as a company is to inspire all children to build healthy habits for life!
Super fun fitness
Through our group fitness classes children are exposed to a wide range of activities to help them stay healthy, get active and build confidence, with an emphasis on having fun!
The programme is designed to improve children’s physical literacy by developing qualities such as balance, coordination, speed, endurance, strength and power through training functional movements, i.e. movement patterns that are used in everyday life.
Kidz Impact classes incorporate a variety training styles, practice and play, including elements of metabolic conditioning (cardio), gymnastics (bodyweight) movements and weightlifting technique, appropriate to...
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...
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...