The first big question is what do you want to accomplish? This goal has to be SMART -- specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, and time sensitive. This takes a little more thought than you think. It's not as simple as “I want to get fit.” That is not really SMART at all. Think of something more like “I want to look good by the end of the summer, and to me that means losing 15lbs by August 25th.” This goal is way more real and its reasonable!
I hear too many parents, sports coaches and even other strength coaches express that they don’t know what to recommend when it comes to athlete nutrition. According to what we know from the scientific literature, this article outlines the best way to make sure your athlete has the best chance to perform their best on the field, court, or mat. There is too much misinformation out there and I want to make sure that you have the best information regarding nutrition and sports performance.
1) Play Multiple Sports
If you want your youth athlete to be the best they can be at any given sport, the key to progress and proper development is actually participating in multiple sports for a long time. Like learning any other skill, starting with more general movement then eventually progressing to specific and specialized movement is the best way to insure long term optimal performance. Most athletes achieve their best performance in sport in college or by age 25. It has been shown that athletes that participate in multiple sports through high school perform better in high school and college, and have better body awareness for life.
There are three phrases I hear time and time again about youth training – “Is is safe for my kids to be lifting weights?” “Doesn’t that stunt their growth?” “Will my children even benefit from strength training if they have not gone through puberty?” I can assure every parent not to worry about any of these factors; your children will be safe lifting weights.