Resistance Training Young Athletes #2

No matter what age your child starts weight lifting, his or her first year should be spent learning correct exercise technique and developing a general fitness base.

Strength training has definite benefits:

  • Increases muscle strength and endurance
  • Protects your child’s muscles and joints from injury
  • Improves performance in nearly any sport, from dancing and gymnastics to football and basketball

Even if your child isn’t into sports, strength training can still be good because it does the following:

  • Strengthens bones
  • Promotes healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Helps keep a healthy weight
  • Improves self-esteem

It’s always a good idea to get advice for any regimen from a coach or trainer who can guide your young athlete into a safe and age-appropriate workout.