Every parent wants their child to be as successful as possible. With that in mind, the prevalence of
athletic training for the youth has seen a stark increase in recent years. Although parents would like to
see their children in the pros one day, the likelihood of that happening is slim. Most youth do not have
the fundamentals in the first place to be performing such athletic exercises because they do not have
the proper motor patterns down. A more logical approach to lifelong fitness is in order.
The REAL goal of youth fitness runs much deeper than strictly athletic training. The cornerstone being
the 5 components of physical fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility,
cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition.) With these 5 components being the foundation of
fitness, it is important to keep in mind that a young child might not have a clue what any of this means.
As parents, whether you are a fitness advocate or not, it is important to involve your child in some type
of programming that fortifies these components of physical fitness. Since it is hard for an adult, let alone
a child to integrate these into a fitness routine alone – proper class programming and undertakings that
play a pivotal role in activities of daily living that are both fun and inclusive can make a huge difference
in the way fitness is perceived.
My providing both youth and adult clients with an outlet to learn fun lifelong fitness activities, other
facets of life will be heightened as well such as increased…
• Social skills
• Organizational skills
• Problem solving skills
• Language skills
These skills, not athletic components of fitness are ultimately what are going to make our kids healthy,
strong and intuitive adults.