Most kids travel in packs.
Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham, Oregon, capitalizes on this fact with its group sports training programs for kids. The programs have proven a win-win situation for clients, personal trainers and the club, with kids getting individualized attention for a reasonable price.
“After kids take our Speed Agility and Quickness program, for example, we get testimonials from parents who have seen a tremendous difference in their kids’ coordination, balance and strength,” says Danielle Ford, fitness coordinator. The programs also help Ford retain personal trainers because they get paid more money for less time by training groups.
Sample training programs include the following, both of which offer two levels: one for kids 8 to 12 and the other for teens 13 to 16.
Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ). Kids work on speed, agility, quickness, power, acceleration, vertical jump, self-esteem, eye-hand coordination, lateral movement, explosiveness and stamina.
Strength and Power. This class helps kids improve muscle, bone and ligament strength while decreasing the chance of injuries during sports participation. In addition, exercises help improve their power, vertical jump and explosiveness in the upper and lower body. Kids also learn how to properly use medicine balls.