Wednesday, August 07, 2013 • Duarte, CA 91010-2400
A few thoughts on CrossCore® Rotational Bodyweight Training™ for kids:
- Bodyweight (including suspended bodyweight) training is much more beneficial for children who are first beginning to do any sort of strength training. It’s much safer for them to learn to use their own bodyweight as the resistance as compared to lifting weights (i.e., external loads such as dumbbells, free weights, etc…). Resistance is increased or decreased by simply increasing or decreasing the angle in which they’re standing/positioned.
- The CrossCore® enables them to work on their balance due to the locking/unlocking pulley system. This feature allows them to progress at their own rate. “Pin In” to begin (more stability) and “Pin Out” (less stable).
- The ability to clip the handles into the top of the unit allows for assisted pull ups, which we know most kids (and most adults) can’t do. This allows them to progressively get stronger by supporting the lower body.
- As compared to strength training – age really depends. With most bodyweight exercises children could start as early as 8. You look at children who are involved in gymnastics – they start at even younger ages and are completely bodyweight training. Rule of thumb for strength training is anywhere between 12-14 (depends on the child and their maturity). However, bodyweight training really is a much safer alternative for kids and many adults.
- It also depends on what they’re looking to accomplish with the children. Are they less active or overweight? Are they new to any sort of exercise? There are a ton of variables that play a part in even the design of the program for them.