A consistent question and concern that we are asked here at Flo Fitness is; when can my child begin to work out?
Our answer usually surprises the parents at anywhere upwards of eight years old. More and more children are balancing the multi-sport athlete title at a younger age. This phenomena leads to a highly competitive atmosphere where children are perfecting their sports.
Truth of the matter is, train your child as you want them to perform; be it for fun and staying fit, or to develop a strong foundation for a competitive athlete. Ever hear of Wolff's Law? It deals with bone healing and transformation. Simply stated; bone models and remodels in response to mechanical stresses and external loads placed upon it. Therefore, with an appropriate external stressor placed upon bones they proportionately grow. As bones become more resilient and strengthen, this also allows for stronger musclular and connective structures to form. So from a young age, appropriate levels of training is highly benefical to the development of your child athlete's body and also lends itself to a fit physique.
We are currently working with Westfield Lady Blue Devil's Soccer Camp. The soccer athletes range in ages from 3rd to 12th grades. Flo fitness is incorporating dynamic flexibility and mobility with body weight exercises to create a fun and effective conditioning program for the girls. We find that the kids pick up cueing and are very responsive to the workouts we instruct. We help set the foundation to strong, agile and injury free athletes. Practice makes perfect, but it also makes stronger bones!
The training philosophy at FLO Fitness is simple; “Training you NEED for the results you WANT”. Everyone has fitness goals, but the most real challenge lies in knowing how to achieve them. Our clientele is predominantly composed of high school athletes looking to excel in their sport and elevate their play to the Division 1 level. We also serve the general population looking to improve their wellness and vitality. Our trainers at FLO fitness assess the movement mechanics for each new client through our functional mechanical assessment. This helps us determine the following about our client: improper movement mechanics stemming from; muscular imbalances, including inflexibility and weaknesses, strength disparities, core instability, balance issues, and more. This is what FLO FITNESS considers the “need” part of their training. Through this assessment we can develop and implement a program based off what the client needs, to set them straight on the road to getting what they want. We initially dedicate ourselves to developing proper movement efficiency and a sound basis of strength before we challenge the client to any advanced exercises. This ensures for both the client and us at FLO that we have created a solid foundation which will allow them to reach their fitness goals free of injury. Next is where the ingenuity and creativity begins. We utilize new training tools, implement unfamiliar maneuvers, and challenge the body in all directions to elicit the best gains possible. We emphasize multi-planar training to remove the client from standard up and down, front and back movements. They gain a new awareness to their bodies capabilities, allowing their bodies to function as a cohesive whole. This is the part of the training that keeps people coming back and loving each workout. FLO fitness believes there always has to be a healthy ratio of the “Needs” and the “Wants” in every workout. Visit our website at www.flofitnessllc.com
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