How Young Is Too Young
Many parents ask “How young is too young to start my child on a training program?” Surprisingly, it’s NEVER too young—especially in today’s society. Balance, coordination, and motor skills are used to develop while playing outside on the playground, in kickball, tag, hide-and-seek, etc. As recent as 10-12 years ago, kids could play outside for hours after school. Learning not only physical aspects but mental and social skills of interacting with others. The majority of society hastily turns to technology as the concern; however, safety is one of the major causes of technology’s increase in usage. Kids are unable to safely play outside, without constant parental supervision; thus, one of the few things to keep children entertained inside is technology. To stay active, kids become part of a team, isolating their skills to sport-specific. Yes, they are active; however, they are active in one area. This is why it is never too young to start a child on a training program.
What they are unable to naturally develop outside in games must be taught in a setting where balance, coordination, and motor skills can be trained. In doing so, a base can be developed eliminating injuries and burnout. It might be years before a child touches a weight; however, so much more can be fed into the child whose lack of natural skills are compromised due to society’s safety. Simple drills of hand-eye coordination, learning how to properly move their feet when off balance, and widening peripheral vision can enhance a child’s brain activity. Not only in the physical world, but mentally and psychologically different parts of the brain will be fired, creating well-rounded children in whatever they choose to do. By doing so, the neuromuscular function becomes more efficient. A brain that fires faster and is more efficient results in a child’s increase of reaction time, speed, strength, and overall coordination. As a result, starting a child in physical training is never too early. Lifting weights is a different topic; however, training natural aspects of the child’s growing nature can always be strengthened in development.
Come in for a free consultation, assessment, and functional movement screening (FMS). We have multiple trainers who are certified and have 15+ years’ experience in the industry. Schedule an appointment and let us help you help your child. To schedule an appointment contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (241) 389-4001.