Kid Fit Camp

Strength training for kids? You bet!

Done properly, strength training covers many benefits to young athletes. Strength training is even a good idea for kids who simply want to look and feel better. In fact, strength training might put your child on a lifetime path to better health and fitness.

Strength Training, not Weight Lifting

Don’t confuse strength training with weight lifting, bodybuilding or power lifting. These activities are largely driven by competition, with participants vying to lift heavier weights or build bigger muscles than those of other athletes. This can put too much strain on young muscles, tendons, and areas of cartilage that haven’t turned to bone (growth plates) — especially when proper techniques are sacrificed in favor of lifting larger amounts of weight.

For kids, light resistance and controlled movements are best — with a special emphasis on proper technique and safety. Your child can do many strength training exercises with his or her own body weight or resistance bands. Free weights and machine weights are other options. 

What are the benefits for kids?

Done properly, strength training can:

  • Increase your child’s muscle strength and endurance
  • Help protect your child’s muscles and joints from sports related injuries
  • Improve your child’s performance in nearly any sport, from dancing and figure skating to football, basketball, and soccer
  • Develop proper techniques that your child can continue to use as he or she grows older
Keep in mind that strength training isn’t only for athletes. Even if your child isn’t interested in sports, strength training can:
  • Strengthen your child’s bones
  • Help promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Help your child maintain a healthy weight Improve your child’s confidence and self- esteem 


Registration

Camp Dates

Grades 2-6
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 - 10 A.M.
June 11 - June 28 and July 9 - July 26