Strength Training for Teenagers

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The teenage years are perhaps the strangest and most challenging of years for a growing child. In this article, I would like to present my thoughts and ideas regarding strength development for kids in their teens. For example, when is it appropriate for a child to start strength training? What kind of strength training should be utilized? Is it safe or mentally and emotionally healthy for a teenager to begin strength training? All of these concerns are answered in this … Continue reading

If You Don’t Move Your Joints, You Lose Your Joints

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I have written on this topic before, but I feel it is worth an entire article to really hammer home the importance of this health topic. I feel blessed because I believe I am in a unique position to inform people of the best ways to live physically healthy lives. Nothing becomes more important to a person’s health than the health of your joints. If you lack joint ROM (range-of-motion), it makes all of life’s activities difficult or impossible. Most … Continue reading

Should Children Specialize in One Sport?

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There is a growing trend in America to have children specialize in just one sport at quite a young age. It seems like the three sport athlete is a stereotype of the past, and for kids to really excel at a sport they must devote nearly all of their time and energy to developing skills related to that sport at a very young age. But is this really necessary or beneficial? There are many physical, emotional, and social costs to … Continue reading

The Quickest Way to Get Your Kids in Shape

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As a trainer of children and adults of all ages, I have realized there are more effective ways of improving a child’s fitness level compared to adults. Many of the basic concepts apply, but for kids, I have narrowed the list down to several key concepts to start applying immediately that will have dramatic effects on a child’s fitness level and body fat reduction, if needed. What to Eat, and What Not to Eat Proper nutrition is vital for children. … Continue reading

Nutrition Tips for Kids

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I feel it would be valuable to give my insight on nutrition for kids from my own personal experience working with many kids.  I will start by detailing the method I use for educating kids on nutritional habits and the types of foods to consume before and after athletic events. When I work with kids aged 10 years old and older, they usually listen very well when it comes to nutritional information.  For kids younger than 10, it’s usually in … Continue reading

If You Don’t Move Your Joints, You Lose Your Joints

I have written on this topic before, but I feel it is worth an entire article to really hammer home the importance of this health topic.  I feel blessed because I believe I am in a unique position to inform people of the best ways to live physically healthy lives.  Nothing becomes more important to a person’s health than the health of your joints.  If you lack joint ROM (range-of-motion), it makes all of life’s activities difficult or impossible.  Most … Continue reading

Should Children Specialize in One Sport?

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There is a growing trend in America to have children specialize in just one sport at quite a young age.  It seems like the three sport athlete is a stereotype of the past, and for kids to really excel at a sport they must devote nearly all of their time and energy to developing skills related to that sport at a very young age.  But is this really necessary or beneficial?  There are many physical, emotional, and social costs to … Continue reading

The Quickest Way to Get Your Kids in Shape

As a trainer of children and adults of all ages, I have realized there are more effective ways of improving a child’s fitness level compared to adults.  Many of the basic concepts apply, but for kids, I have narrowed the list down to several key concepts to start applying immediately that will have dramatic effects on a child’s fitness level and body fat reduction, if needed. What to Eat, and What Not to Eat Proper nutrition is vital for children. … Continue reading

Strengthen the Family with Physical Fitness

At 37 weeks of pregnancy, my wife and I are anticipating the birth of our firstborn child.  I’m not sure if it’s my natural, fatherly instincts that are kicking in, but I am already visualizing playing with my son, teaching him about life, morals and values, and giving him the best I have to offer with what my life has taught me in 30 years.  While there are so many beliefs and worldviews, I feel that we can all agree … Continue reading

Running – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Running and other forms of cardiovascular exercise have been popular since the aerobics boom of the 1970s.  Marathon running in the Olympics and several doctors who focused on the positives of aerobic work really helped accelerate interest in running in this country.  Overall, I would say this was a step in the right direction for improving fitness.  At the same time, with the vast scientific knowledge we now have in many facets of human physiology and fitness, I believe it … Continue reading