Why Kids Need Fitness and Performance…

Posted: June 16, 2014 by dannytwoguns in Erie Youth Conditioning and Performance

I wanted to start with a couple of statistics that we often overlook…

Did you know…?

– 1 in 3 kids are either overweight or obese.
– Injury rates among children and adolescents are at an all time high with over 3 million+ sport relates injuries each year.
– Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are starting younger and younger and some among kids.
– Kid’s self-esteem is at an all-time low, bullying is at an all-time high and suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the 10-24 age group.

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Pretty awful, right?

How about a couple of positive did you knows…

– Kids and teens who take part in physical activity are less likely to get involved in drinking, drugs, violence, smoking, sex and delinquency than teens who spend a lot of time in front of the television. And kids and teens who take part in physical activity WITH their parents are even less likely for all of the aforementioned” – Pediatrics, April 2006
– A study has shown students perceived by others as having good athletic skills were more popular… while the seemingly uncoordinated often felt dissatisfaction and isolation. – “Perceived Athletic Competence, Sociometric Status and Loneliness in Elementary School Children” Journal of Sport Behavior, 2007. Janice Causgrove Dunn of the University of Alberta was quoted, “We knew there was a common-sense link between lack of athletic skills and loneliness.”

That may not be completely positive in nature as it is a depressing conclusion but it is redeeming because it 100% is something we can easily change. But simply putting them into sports isn’t enough. It is a great thing and something I believe everyone should participate in in some fashion but it isn’t enough.

“Why can’t kids just play sports?” is a scary one. The population as a whole, adults and children are becoming more sedentary than ever before and moving less competently and efficiently than ever before. Sports, play and athletic events are all amazing and should be the cornerstone of health, physical ability and movement for kids but they cannot be done safely or adequately if they cannot move properly, which is more and more the case.

When kids aren’t physically prepared to move – they get hurt. It used to be that most children/kids sports related injuries were contact related, now non-contact injuries are almost common unfortunately. Some injuries cannot be avoided, an awkward tackle, a collision, getting hit by something etc.

But to get injured simply moving and not being touched? It just isnt acceptable and is entirely preventable – if they move competently and have the adequate strength. Some do okay, but most do not. You need the foundation and movement competency. We have to not only get the youth moving but we have to get them moving well and competently THEN moving often. It doesn’t just happen naturally.

The youth market seems to be the most neglected market in fitness but it might be the most needed market we have but they simply don’t have formal help. Once they get to high school, they have more options (though most arent what the actually need) but what about when they need it most?

We now have the answer. Erie’s leader in fat loss training, Twoguns Training Systems and Erie’s leader in athletic and sports performance, LEWIS Fitness & Performance have expanded and teamed up to launch Erie Youth Conditioning and Performance. Just in time for some summer activity.
Erie Youth Conditioning and Performance is the only program in Erie 100% focused on youth fitness and performance. Self-esteem, fat loss, healthy movement, sports performance and building a strong foundation for everything life brings their way.

Youth Group Photo

You cannot train kids as if they are just smaller versions of adults. I’ve seen things “Kids Spin” and “Kids Group Fitness” but they don’t actually address the physiological and individual needs and differences kids have and prepare them for the things that are coming their way in life.

That is why we have a specialty program for ages 6-12 (with curriculums for 6-9 and 9-12) for all levels of experience and ability, we have a proven system for training that will be successful at helping develop our youth through…

– Increasing speed and agility
– Increasing strength and power
– Mobility and flexibility to prevent injuries
– 1st Step quickness and explosion for future athletics but also complete movement ability
– Weight training techniques
– Health, wellness and Bodyfat reduction
– Promoting camaraderie and team building
– And MOST importantly – Building confidence

Sessions launch and start on Monday, June 30th with a schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 11am and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm. We will be having a limit to this as the demand has been significant so don’t hesitate to get signed up. Contact Dan at (516) 510-2665 or on Facebook for more details and to get signed up. Also be sure to ask about how you can workout with your kids (obviously doing different programs as your needs are different) and get them better results while getting yourself some as well.

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