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Weight training for kids is often a controversial subject area. Many people believe that it is
too taxing on a child’s growing body. In this article, Executive Editor TK Stohlman and
sports trainer Ryan Lee discuss the benefit of body weight training as an effective alternative
to using machines or other weights.

Cares Editor’s Note: Thank you to Ryan Lee for providing his expert advice.
Filed under Tampa Bay Lightening Care Youth Hockey Training

Stohlman: Ryan, what advantages are there to body weight training?

Lee: There are a lot of advantages. I’m a huge fan of body weight training. When you don't have any equipment you get to be creative using just your body weight. One advantage, obviously, is you can work out anywhere. If you are a coach and you are training a soccer team with thirty kids in the middle of the field, you can do a workout without having to drag out dumbbells or benches or bring the team to the weight room.

   You can work out anywhere, anytime with any amount of space. The other thing is that body weight gives you just enough resistance. It doesn't make sense to have a kid use weights if they can't even do something with their own body weight. I always say start with body weight first then progress to resistance.

   One favorite weight exercise is the bench press. However, I wouldn't put an athlete on the bench press until they can at least do push ups. Begin with a basic push up and after they start getting good with that, change it around. You can do a push up with your feet elevated, your hands elevated or even with just one leg elevated. There are literally over a hundred ways to do a push up.

   There are a lot of ways to get creative with just body weight and you don't need resistance. For example, you can do partner exercises. Imagine you have two kids, one is on all fours and the other person is doing a push up with their feet resting on the other person's back. That is an elevated push up. Or they do push ups with their hands on their partner's back. That is a hands elevated push up. There are a lot of really fun and creative body weight exercises you can do. This is why I highly recommend starting with body weight training and then progressing to the resistance training.

Source - Written by TampaBayLightningCare · Filed Under Youth Hockey Training


PDF  The Dancer as a Performing Athlete   Similar characteristics compared with athletes. Bodyweight targets are normally met by low energy intakes, with female dance students and professional ballerinas.

IADMS: Resource Paper: Dance Fitness   The formal dance class has long been considered the cornerstone of training, ... understanding of the artistic and athletic needs of dancers in different genres, ... Body composition – the make-up of body weight by percentage of muscle and fat.

The best bodyweight exercises create the worlds strongest athletes  who are martial artists, gymnasts and rock climbers. The best bodyweight exercises are the ones that are going to be the most difficult to do.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
Physical and Mental Training Considerations
Learning & Training Evaluation Theory
Exercises to Develop Coordination
Training Approaches
Training Strategies
Daily Training Tasks
Principle Of Variation
Training Transfer
Off-Season Conditioning
Peak Performance Training
Endurance Training
Building Endurance
PDF  Weight training Exercises
PDF  Strength Training Exercises
PDF  Power Skating Classes
PDF  Core Body Training
PDF  Endurance Training Plan

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