The Gym for Children
Follow our guidance on how to help your child get the most out of exercising at the gym.
- Exercises should encourage moderate stress on the skeletal and muscular system to encourage the development of bone density. To achieve this, resistance exercise are recommended: repetitions and sets should be endurance-based, i.e. 12-20 Reps, 1-3 sets.
- Intense cardio exercise should be monitored as prepubescent children do not have fully developed thermoregulatory system, so can more easily overheat than an adult.
- Core and balance training is key to providing a solid foundation for a fast growing body.
- Flexibility work is important as it possible for young children to develop postural problems. Static stretches are best with holds of 20-30 seconds. Typical tight muscles are: calf, hip flexors, latissimus dorsi and chest.
- Fun & variety is key for interest and adherence.
- Tasks that involve creativity support cognitive skill development (problem solving skill sets)