GAME DAY Youth Sports Magazine Upstate SC - February 2012 : Page 28

YoUth Fitness M Introducing strength training in young athletes ention Charles Atlas and most likely only men over 50 years old will know who you are talk-ing about. the last 50 years, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed. Young people want to be as physically fit as possible. whether it is to run faster, jump higher, or just to have a buff body. They are willing to do almost anything to achieve this. The problem is that most haven’t a clue where to start. Also, machines help to strengthen the tendons and ligaments before embarking on a free weight program. Work the major muscle groups every other day for the first 8 weeks. At the end of this period there needs to be a re-evaluation before going to a more advanced program. Remember, that kids have a lot of energy and will over train or could injury themselves if not supervised by a qualified person. One of the most important things we can instill in young people is the value of tak-ing care of their bodies and how to correctly achieve this. Your body is a gift from God and what you do with your body is your gift back to Him. Let›s encourage our youth to be strong and stay focused. GD John Lankford is the owner of Nautilus Fitness Center in Spartanburg. He has over 30 years experience as a trainer, bodybuilder and fitness expert. Every young boy in America during the late 1950s and early 1960s eagerly searched for the Charles Atlas ad in the back of their comic books. Upon placing their order for the Charles Atlas Bodybuilding course, they anxiously awaited the day when their package arrived in the mail, certain that they would soon have huge muscles like their hero. I never had enough money to order one of those Charles Atlas courses so I had to settle for an iron pipe with bricks on both ends. At 12 years old I would do almost any-thing to look like Charles Atlas. I am amazed that almost 50 years later I am still pursuing that goal, although now I am pumping iron, not bricks! I have seen a lot of changes in fitness over JOHN LANKFORD They see the “freaks” on steroids and their eyes get big, but there is a lot more to it than putting a potentially deadly drug in your body. Nothing can replace old fashioned hardwork and dedication. There must be a proper balance between rest, nutrition and exercise for optimum results. For 10-13 year olds, weight machines are preferable initially because the movement is more controlled and reduces the likelihood of injury. One-Day Bath Remodeling

Introducing strength training in young athletes

John Lankford

<br /> Mention Charles Atlas and most likely only men over 50 years old will know who you are talking about.<br /> <br /> Every young boy in America during the late 1950s and early 1960s eagerly searched for the Charles Atlas ad in the back of their comic books.<br /> <br /> Upon placing their order for the Charles Atlas Bodybuilding course, they anxiously awaited the day when their package arrived in the mail, certain that they would soon have huge muscles like their hero.<br /> <br /> I never had enough money to order one of those Charles Atlas courses so I had to settle for an iron pipe with bricks on both ends.<br /> <br /> At 12 years old I would do almost anything to look like Charles Atlas. I am amazed that almost 50 years later I am still pursuing that goal, although now I am pumping iron, not bricks!<br /> <br /> I have seen a lot of changes in fitness over the last 50 years, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed. Young people want to be as physically fit as possible. whether it is to run faster, jump higher, or just to have a buff body.<br /> <br /> They are willing to do almost anything to achieve this. The problem is that most haven’t a clue where to start.<br /> <br /> They see the “freaks” on steroids and their eyes get big, but there is a lot more to it than putting a potentially deadly drug in your body. Nothing can replace old fashioned hardwork and dedication.<br /> <br /> There must be a proper balance between rest, nutrition and exercise for optimum results. For 10-13 year olds, weight machines are preferable initially because the movement is more controlled and reduces the likelihood of injury.<br /> <br /> Also, machines help to strengthen the tendons and ligaments before embarking on a free weight program. Work the major muscle groups every other day for the first 8 weeks.<br /> <br /> At the end of this period there needs to be a re-evaluation before going to a more advanced program. Remember, that kids have a lot of energy and will over train or could injury themselves if not supervised by a qualified person.<br /> <br /> One of the most important things we can instill in young people is the value of taking care of their bodies and how to correctly achieve this. Your body is a gift from God and what you do with your body is your gift back to Him. Let›s encourage our youth to be strong and stay focused.

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