Introducing our sister Ruby. Rubes is 10. Rubes strength trains weekly (1-2x per week after school). She has been playing basketball for the last 3-4 years as well as starting soccer over the past 6 months. Contrary to what many parents believe, these sports (plus day to day playground activities) provide far greater force to Ruby’s body than anything she will experience in the gym working with us. Our aim is to prepare her for the loads she is going to be exposed to (both in her sport and daily play) by teaching her basic strength movement patterns. For her, and other juniors, our idea of ‘strength training’ revolves around proper movement mechanics, loading the correct musculature and controlling of their own body weight - with the ultimate goal of longevity in their sport or activity.
I’ve put strength training in quotation marks above because so many jump at the idea that strength training means big weights and big muscles and how it’s dangerous or unhealthy for kids to take part in. Many tend to have a bodybuilder or powerlifter (the extremes) type image in mind🤔 In the video Rubes is hitting a body weight reverse hyperextension - an excellent way of teaching her to fire her glutes (powerhouse) and develop her posterior chain. #one22