Charley’s training has been a lot of fun, coupled with  a lot of running around after her when she gets distracted.  That’s part of the process, I’m starting to understand this.  Charley’s sessions last anywhere from 18-25 minutes depending on a) what else is going on at Emerge and b) if what I am doing with her is interesting enough to keep her attention.
Bottom line, to get anything out of her training at this age the training must be engaging and FUN.
Charley’s fitness week begins with her gymnastics on Wednesday night for 45 minutes.  She is learning to take direction, tumble, climb and balance while cooperating with other kids.  It’s an awesome setup and I love watching her.  She is learning to move well and is having fun doing it.  As a matter of fact, many of the other children wave and pander to their parents for their attention.
Charley ignores me entirely.  I cant decide if I like this or not…
Charley’s training at Emerge started with turf sprints 2×20 yards.
Lateral turf shuffle: 4×20 yards.
Crab walk: 1×20 yards.
Turf hops: 1×20 yards.
Bodyweight squat to jump: 2×10 jumps.
Push Press: 2×10 (2lb dumbbell)
Ring hangs with knee raises: 2×10
Running around Emerge in and out of other trainer’s sessions for the in between set rest.
The kids training topic for this post is Multilateral development (training).
This concept is simply the idea of NOT specializing when young in a single movement pattern or sport but involving kids in many different sporting and movement activity to develop GENERAL movement skill.
Research shows many benefits to this kind of “training”, including not burning out early, athletically peaking later (when it matters most) and much fewer incidence of injury.
Instead of being involved in one activity every day as a kid, being involved at a lower intensity in many activities results in these benefits.  Specialization in training should be focused on much later in a young athlete’s physical and athletic development.
For more information on multilateral training and specialization, contact:
Matt Pirtle MA CSCS
emerge fitness training