I take group training for kids aged 8-12 which mainly includes games and fun circuit based exercises with basic equipment. When you have a group of kids in a resistance based circuit it’s hard to find time to help every out and get them doing things right. Kids between the ages of 8-12 do tend to have a fairly short attention span and by the time they’ve done one or two circuits they’ll start to misbehave. So in a group it’s a tough job to teach everything you want to for each individual as they’re all at different stages of learning and maturity levels.
You may think that all kids love games and all kids want to play with balls and run in the park but this isn’t always the case.
You shouldn’t under estimate the importance of proper training in a safe environment.
- You have the right equipment to monitor improvements
- You can progressively overload what they are doing by increase speed, incline, reps, resistance etc.
- They are in a safe environment with good supervision and knowledge.
- They often enjoy feeling like an adult. They want to do things that they don’t usually get a chance to do.
The benefits of a one on one session compared to a group session are:
- The participant gets more guidance from the trainer
- They can do more advanced exercises because of the increase time the trainer can spend with the individual.
- Kids like to have your attention; they generally misbehave in a group situation to impress others or to get your attention.
- They will learn alot more one on one compared to a group session because there are no other distractions.
Overall group training is good fun but kids love having role models and they can look up to the trainer. They want to have their attention and they also want to learn and become better at certain things whether it’s a sport or to just be fit and healthy. They love to try new things and tell their friends these cool things they did. I encourage parents to keep their kids active and get involved with some sort or program, sport, or just walking the family dog! It’s that simple. Just keep it simple and regular. After all, parents are the ones in control of their children. If you teach them early on to exercise regularly they are more likely to get involved with physical education and grow up to be fit and healthy.
Tell me which of these sounds better to you..
Healthy kid who exercised regularly by walking the dog and going for runs on the beach or playing sport in the backyard who grows up fit and healthy and leads a healthy lifestyle because of his childhood experience of exercise.
A kid who wasn’t bought up around exercise whether it be incidental or set execise like walking and playing sport therefore doesn’t enjoy physical education at school, often discludes themselves or gets in trouble. Grows up overweight leading to poor mental and social wellbeing and bad lifestyles choices lead them into such problems as heart disease, stroke and other realted problems.
The message: It’s in your hands – it’s your call