Youth Strength Training

Youth Strength Training: Programs for Health, Fitness, and Sport (Strength & Power for Young Athlete)

The benefits of strength training for children and adolescents are well documented. However, teachers, fitness instructors, and youth coaches are frequently at a loss for how to proceed, and end up diluting adult strength-training programs.

That is most emphatically not the way to proceed. However, authors Avery Faigenbaum and Wayne Westcott, who have a combined 50 years of experience teaching and coaching youth strength-training classes, can point you in the right direction—and back it up with the latest research on instructional techniques and program design for youth.

Long recognized as experts in strength training, Faigenbaum and Westcott assist you in developing effective, enjoyable, and productive programs for children of varying abilities in elementary school (ages 7 to 10), middle school (ages 11 to 14), and high school (ages 15 to 18). (15 to 18). You’ll begin with a broad-based, balanced muscle development program and progress to comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs.

Additionally, Youth Strength Training teaches you how to

– efficient warm-up and cool-down protocols;

– techniques for increasing joint flexibility;

– novel strategies for incorporating resistance exercises into physical education classes, sports practice sessions, and fitness facilities; and

– proper technique for 111 resistance exercises performed with weight stack machines, free weights, medicine balls, elastic bands, and body weight.

Much has changed since the authors first published a book on strength training for youth, and this book incorporates those changes, as well as information on nutrition, hydration, and recovery to maximize the effects of strength training and minimize the risk of overtraining. Additional changes are reflected in workout frequency, exercise repetitions, related training components, and other factors that affect program design and conditioning results, as determined by the authors’ research. All programs were developed in accordance with the most recent NASPE standards.

Faigenbaum and Westcott have added new information on periodization and long-term planning, the youth perceived exertion scale, over- and undertraining, dynamic warm-ups and static stretches, new exercises, effective youth instruction, and plyometrics.

Children as young as seven years old can develop a strong musculoskeletal system through strength training, which will help them improve their health and fitness and also prepare them to withstand the rigors of sport participation.

Youth Strength Training is the definitive resource for guiding you as you design and supervise programs for the children with whom you work, whether in a school, fitness center, or at-home setting. If you want to see rapid strength development and instill a life-long interest in strength-building activities, Youth Strength Training is the way to go.