Benefits of Kid Classes
When you’re a kid exercise comes as naturally as it ever will. You’ve got endless amounts of energy and especially in the mountains, endless opportunities for adventure. This type of exercise, the kind that you get from jumping on a trampoline or running around your yard, is different than the type of exercise that we do as adults, but why should it be?
In reality, the early years of life are the best time to expose children to exercises such as plyometrics, agility, circuit training, stabilization and strength training.
These may seem like big words to associate with your child’s physical activity, but they are the same types of exercises that take place during a typical sport’s team practice. In fact, these formative years are possibly the best time for youth to learn the motor skills associated with these types of exercises. Perfecting these skills early can build a strong foundation both physically and mentally for years to come. These forms of training also help to strengthen bone and connective tissue, which leads to a decrease in the risk of injuries.
According to NASM: “Experts recommend that youth participate in resistance training 2 to 3 days each week with at least 1 rest day between each session. It is important to include exercises that stress both the upper and lower body as well as the core muscles (abdominals and lower back).”
NASM is the U.S. government’s 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It represents the most current and comprehensive set of guidelines to help Americans ages 6 and older to improve their health through appropriate physical activity and exercise. For most children, getting in their 1-hour of physical activity per day is easily achievable. But to some, sports and athletic activities aren’t in their wheelhouse of interests. The great thing about taking a class is that your skill level doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be the best to have a good time or get a good workout. All of our exercises can be modified, which is why our children’s classes are open to ages 5-13!
We always begin our classes with a dynamic warm-up to get everyone’s muscles engaged. We never want to encourage overstraining your muscles, which is why a dynamic warm-up allows you to get a good feel of where your body is at right now. The end of our workout is equally as important. We ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS allow time for a proper cool-down after class. Our cool-down consists of static stretching and foam rolling.
If you think that a child’s class is something that you want to check out for your kiddo, you’re in luck! RPF brought back our children's classes today! Join us Saturdays at 10:30!