What every parent should know about choosing a Personal Trainer or Private Coach for their child.January 4, 2017
- “How can a trainer/coach help my child?” A trainer can be helpful in the following scenarios.
- Your child doesn’t like organized sports
- Your child is self-conscious playing sports or trying new activities
- Your child has some health issues and you prefer supervised exercise sessions
- Your child expresses interest in personal training
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids as young as 8 years old can benefit from low-resistance exercise with small weights and actually grow stronger with little risk of injury.
Q. “I want to get a Personal Trainer for my child but I’m not sure how
to go about picking one.”
Follow these recommendations:
- A personal trainer who works with adults isn’t always the best option for a child.
- The trainer should have a degree and/or nationally recognized certification. In addition be either Youth Certified or have continuing education credits in youth fitness.
- The trainer should have experience-training children including a sense of humor and patience.
- The trainer should create training sessions around fun activities that aren’t typical gym routines and include input from the child.
- The trainer should have offer a balanced routine of strength, cardio and core exercise.
- The trainer should help the child find activities he enjoys and will do on his own.
- The trainer should have references from parents of other kid-clients.
- Ask questions about the trainer’s philosophy about working with kids and setting goals and make sure you agree with the approach.
- Attend the first one or two sessions with your child and see if it meets your needs.
Energetic Juniors specializes in personal training for kids (in fact, that’s all we do!) If you’re looking for a trainer to work with your child, take a look at the full range of Personal Training Sessions we provide. Contact us at 212-879-1566 for more information. Take a look at our site www.EnergeticJuniors.com.