On Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings I get to coach youth. I have the honor or working with kids ages 5 to 17 years old. The youth I coach are all here for different reasons. Some are athletes and want to get better at a sport. Some want to get stronger and fitter and some just think it’s fun. Sometimes, they have an unmeasureable amount of energy which can be turned into something beautiful. Other times they are a little tired and sluggish, but at the end of class they usually feel a bit more energized and aware of their abilities.
The great thing about them is they can’t wait to learn more, do more and get things right. As most of you know I’m a stickler for form, so getting or trying to do things right is a TOP priority. This does not change when I’m coaching kids, in fact, making sure the youth I coach move well is a priority because this movement is serving as a base for all other movement in their life. Its easier to teach them to move correctly now as opposed to fixing broken movement patterns later in life.
The thing I’ve learned about coaching youth is, that I try to be as real with them as I can be. This allows me to connect with each one of them authentically. If we understand each other and communicate well, we can accomplish whatever we want to. Working with them both inspires and challenges me. It inspires me as I see how hard they work and how much they want to get things right. It also inspires me to see how willing they are to try new things. The lack the fear is freeing and just wonderful. It challenges me because I have to be on 100% of the time. There no chatting with friends or looking out the window, this ensures their safety, keeps them on task and keeps them moving well. It truly is a joy and a blessing that I get to coach youth. I’m thankful to be able to do what I love.
This week we start our Spring 2016 session – 10 weeks of building strength, confidence and having fun. Its not too late to join, just shoot me an email or give me a call if you have a kid or know of one!
Kids 5-12 years:
Saturday’s: 9-10am Beginner/intermediate
Teens 13-17 years:
Monday and Wednesday: 4-5pm
12 Deadlifts (155/105)
9 Hang power cleans
6 Power jerks
And coming Friday
B) Handstand walk revelry
C) 5 RFQ (30sec:30sec), ≤7 RPE
Sit to stands