Our goals for our children’s training at the gym are simple, to encourage and engage them so they stay active for a lifetime.
It has to be fun, the kids need to be progressed, and they need to have a sense they are achieving something special with their health.
Sports are fantastic for kids, but there’s many kids who don’t feel engaged sometimes in school, as when they are not in the school rugby/football/netball or hockey teams, they don’t feel sometimes that exercise is for them.
This is blatantly not true, and all children I have ever trained are capable of great things if you persevere with them and give them time.
So many people of all ages come to the gym, and when they are coached more individually, they discover they DO have good talent after all and they find out too that what they put in, they get back in terms of increased self-esteem, self-confidence, working in a positive environment, and developing new social skills.
When you think of a long person’s development, it’s great that the child may be the team’s superstar at 9 years of age, but what happens if that child slows down, doesn’t grow as quick as the others, becomes less interested and gives the game up at 15 years of age?
Facts show that there is a massive drop off in junior sport participation at 15 across the board.
This is why engagement with the individuals we are training is vital. We strongly believe everyone must be coached each session which gives them great confidence too as you are continually building them up, and it’s vital to fully engage the parents too.
The child may love our sessions, but ultimately they look up to the parent the most, and if the parent is exercising, then they are far more likely to keep up their healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles ALWAYS work best when the whole family is engaged.
Actions speak louder than words.
Not every child will like rugby or netball and it’s best never to force them to do so or try to live your own dreams through them, but every child will love feeling better, feeling full of energy and learning that they are very capable after all and exercise done properly will give you all that and more..
Your biggest victory as a parent is getting your child to be active for a lifetime. These are skills that will help them in every area of their lives, learning that hard work, discipline and working as a team will enable to do anything they want in life and do it well.