Youth: Training the Right Qualities at the Right Time

by Charles Poliquin |  Date Released : 01 Aug 2006

  • Introduction
  • Training the Right Qualities at the Right Time
  • Beware the cookie cutter approach
  • Kids are being conned
  • Ages 8 to 10 – gross motor speed
  • Jump Throw and run – lose the speed ladder
  • Must be game-like
  • Aerobic system barely trainable
  • Acceleration and timing – key words for training kids
  • Many Olympic athletes don’t have a foundation
  • Best time for plyometrics is age 8.
  • Best minds are teaching university students – not youth
  • 90% of coordination by age 12
  • 8 to 10 gross motor; 10 to 12 finer skills
  • Backward cable toss – gross motor skill
  • Three different balls – backward throw test with secret service agents
  • Germans and Polls – best resources for training youth
  • Study of long term exercise
  • Resistance training vs. weight training
  • No spinal loading before puberty
  • Work extremities as youth – core later
  • Gymnast training protocol good for kids
  • Obesity and self image
  • Dietary intervention is the key
  • Market for trainers to join training and nutrition for kids
  • Working with zero attention span
  • No 1 RPM; no need to go below eight reps.
  • Strength endurance and body composition focus
  • Use competition wisely
  • Game of “I go… You go…”
  • Teaching the concept of effort
  • Hard Work – two important words
  • No one’s going to lift weight for you
  • Praise improvement
  • Working with females – pair them with those that don’t like each other
  • TV time – biggest contributor to obesity
  • Long term development training
  • Do the right thing

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Charles Poliquin

About the author: Charles Poliquin

Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the world's most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 12 different sports including the US female track and field for the Olympics 2000. He has lectured extensively on practical and theoretical aspects of physical conditioning in eight different countries. Charles has also written over 500 articles for various web sites, magazines and journals and has published the following books: Modern Trends in Strength Training; Winning the Arms Race; The Poliquin Principles; The German Body Composition; and Manly Weight Loss. Charles has a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and an M.Sc. in Exercise Physiology.

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