Personal Training for Kids & TeensPosted by Tyrone Cane on May 10, 2011 in Featured, Personal Training, Personal Training Blog | 0 comments
Personal training isn’t just for celebrities anymore…in fact, it isn’t just for adults anymore. More and more parents are hiring personal trainers to work with their kids to help them stave off a major problem we’re seeing lately – childhood obesity. Some statistics show that about 30% of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight while about 15% are obese. With PE classes on the decline, it’s no surprise that many parents are turning to personal trainers for help. If you’re looking for ways to get your kids more active, is personal training the answer?
Personal Training for Kids
One reason parents are turning to personal trainers is to help their kids excel at sports. Another major reason, of course, is help in managing weight problems. Whatever the reason, the decision to hire a personal trainer should be up to you and your child. One thing we do know is that getting kids and teens to exercise can be tough…forcing your child into a type of activity or exercise he doesn’t like can backfire and not every child will enjoy working with a personal trainer.
If your child does express interest in working with a trainer, you might wonder what a trainer can do for your child. A good trainer can help her find activities she can enjoy while teaching her the proper way to exercise for her age and goals. A trainer can also teach her how to lift weights, which has a number of benefits for kids and teens such as:
* More strength
* Protection from injuries
* Better health
* Higher self-esteem and confidence
A trainer can help determine what your child is capable of and teach your child how to exercise safely, effectively, and most importantly, how to have some fun so these habits stick into adulthood.
Other reasons you may want your child to work with a trainer are:
* Sports specific training. Athletes often need specialized training and kids who want to pursue sports may want or need help from a professional to strengthen their bodies, increase their power and endurance and protect them from injuries.
* Guidance for exercise. You may feel at a loss if your child wants to exercise or lift weights and you’re not sure you have the expertise to show them what to do. If that’s the case, the right personal trainer can help you set up a good program that fits your child’s age, goals and fitness level.
* Dislike of organized sports or group fitness. Some kids may not like typical PE or sports, but still want to get in shape. Working one-on-one with a trainer can be a safe environment for them to get fit and strong without feeling self-conscious.