Myth #2: It’s Dangerous!
This myth could not be further from the truth.
Children can injure themselves by lifting heavy weights incorrectly and while unsupervised; however, a professional strength training program will make your child less susceptible to injuries.
Scientific studies have debunked the “It’s Dangerous!” myth time and time again.
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One recent research study highlights that strength training can prevent common activity-related and sports-related injuries, manage conditions such as diabetes, prevent or help treat obesity, and improve mental health.
Doctors from the Mayo Clinic recommend strength training to any child over the age of seven who can follow directions for proper technique.
Strength training not only strengthens the bones and muscles in a child’s developing body – it can improve endurance, self-esteem, and sports performance.
Children who learn the proper strengthening techniques at a young age are less likely to get injured in sport and better equipped to safely perform exercises independently as they grow older.
Myth #3: A Lack of Testosterone Makes Strength Training Ineffective for Youth
This myth likely emerges from a misconception that you are only strong if you look bulky.
Testosterone is a major contributor to a bulky look – once your child passes puberty, he can gain more muscle mass to look big and bulky (if he desires).
However, muscular strength is totally different than muscular mass. A child does not need testosterone to have strong, healthy muscles.
Strength training is very effective for children who haven’t reached puberty yet.
Children can still develop lean, toned muscles and strength. The exercises that your child learns through strength training will help them develop healthy habits from a young age.
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Now that we’ve debunked the most common myths about youth strength training, you can see that strength training is actually an essential part of a healthy development.
Of course, you want to make sure that your child only enjoys the benefits of strength training and doesn’t end up hurting themselves with heavy weights or incorrect technique.
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Our youth strength training program in Fort Myers at Back In Motion Fitness & Performance is one of the safest programs out there because it is lead by NSCA certified trainers and overseen by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
We create personalized youth strengthening programs that will improve your child’s health and fitness and help them achieve personal goals.
All of the youth who have completed our strength training programs have left stronger and fitter.
We will help your child reach health and sports performance goals in a positive, fun, and supportive environment.