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Strength Training Guidelines for Children & Teens

3 Stages of Fitness Training
  -- By Joe Downie, Certified Fitness Trainer & Nicole Nichols, Certified Fitness Instructor
More and more kids are gravitating toward weight training. In most cases, strength training is safe and encouraged for kids. However, when done incorrectly, whether too intensely or too early in life, it can lead to permanent damage. Fitness trainer and high school soccer coach, Joe Downie, explains how you can help your kids take advantage of strength training benefits without pushing them too far, too fast: One concept that kids and teens have trouble understanding is that muscles aren’t built up while they’re working out, but while they’re resting! So make sure to set up generous sleep and nutrition goals to help your child make the most of his or her training.