Starting January 7th the Kids Fitness class will begin at a new time. Class will be held every Wednesday and Friday 3:45-4:30pm. Ages 8 to 13 are welcome.
Should Children Under The Age of 13 Train With Weights?
Some many say that pre-pubescent children should not engage in weight-training as it may cause pre-mature bone fusion (epiphyseal fusion), and, as a result, irreversibly stunt growth. It is also thought that, hormonally, and structurally, children’s physiologies are not suited the stresses of a weight program. The above can be true, if children are subjected to the same high-intensity programs adults tend to engage in. However, the real issue is how one defines a weight program for the purposes of a child.
Of course, maximal weights carried to failure, and the addition of supersets and other high intensity strategies, would probably spell disaster for any child undergoing a weight-training regime. Instead a child’s fitness program should focus on lighter weights and controlled movements, with a special emphasis on proper technique and safety.
The Kids Fitness at HGX emphasizes good movement throughout childhood and adolescence. Consistently good mechanics translates to physical literacy, enhanced sports performance, and fewer sports injuries for kids. Not only that, a vast body of research indicates that exercise is beneficial to cognitive function, which means that consistent adherence to the program can have a positive impact on children’s academic achievement.
According to both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), prepubescent children can safely engage in resistance training, with certain limitations. These bodies have issued guidelines on childhood strength training.