Fitness Programs for Kids and Teens

Kids on the Move

by by Cindy Bross, PhD
As kids’ fitness instructors, our challenge is to help children de­velop active, positive lifestyles. In­tegrating knowledge and activity will help convince children that exercise is important to their well-being and increase ...

Children & the Mind-Body Link

by by Scott Cole
It is something of a modern paradox: Although kids today seem wiser to the ways of the world, their bodies are more unhealthy and deconditioned than ever. There are many demands on children’s attention these days; but, unfortunately, very few of these involve healthy levels of interactive play or connection to nature. The conveniences and “advances” of...

Strength Training (for kids)

by by Wayne Westcott, PhD, Avery Faigenbaum, EdD
Most people are aware that children in developed nations are experiencing epidemic levels of obesity, and that this problem is, in large part, associated with physical inactivity. However, the standard fitness recommendation to get more cardiovascular exercise may not be the best advice for overweight, underactive children. The fact is, very few childr...

Circuit for Short Attention Spans

by by Crick Nelson
A circuit-style format is very effective with kids. They can always look ahead to the next station to remind themselves what comes next, and if they don’t like a particular station they know it’s over in a minute. This will keep their attention and focus on the task at hand. By having activities that switch every minute, the class is quicker than a music video and almost as fast as the Internet! ...

Boxing Fitness for CHAMPS

by by Wayne Wilson, CPT
These exercise drills and combos provide an interesting way to challenge the students’ body-mind and motor skills. They can be done in any setting with or without any boxing equipment. This is a fun and vigorous class exercise appropriate for 5th graders (10 year olds) and up. A NO CONTACT program. The drills incorporate total cardiovascular conditioning...

Cooper Teen Fitness Clinic

by by Carla Sottovia, PhD, Debi Wilkins, MS
The Cooper Fitness Center Teen Fitness Clinic was specifically geared for young adults ages 13 to 16. The first 30 minutes of this class was devoted to important nutrition and exercise tips. This nutrition mini lecture was interactive where participants shared their knowledge and discussed ways to improve their current behaviors. Participants were then given assignments for each upcomi...

Fitness ABCS

by by Allison Covington, MS, ATC
Kids just want to have fun and it is possible to show them how to enjoy exercise while improving their health and fitness.  A Fitness “ABCS” class will include the fundamentals of fitness as well as the following components: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Strength training drills Introduction to the basic components of fitness—cardiova...

FITNESS MONOPOLY

by by Peggy Gregor, AFAA, ACE
Fitness can be fun, particularly when your participants think that they are playing a game.  Most don’t realize the many health benefits they are achieving as they are focused on the fun.  This game gets all participants involved and has something for everyone, so that each child can feel successful in a physical education class.  Fitness Monopoly gives students an opportunity to...

A High School Pilates Program: Mat Pilates

by by Lynne Spugnardi, STOTT PILATES
This program is intended to be taught by certified Pilates instructors only!  STOTT PILATES preferred, but could easily be modified for other methods. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1.Participate in a strengthening, toning and increased flexibility exercise program. 2.Become familiar with Pilates,...

Strength Training for Kids

by by Wayne Westcott, PhD, Avery Faigenbaum, EdD
Most people are aware that children in developed nations are experiencing epidemic levels of obesity, and that this problem is, in large part, associated with physical inactivity. However, the standard fitness recommendation to get more cardiovascular exercise may not be the best advice for overweight, underactive children. The fact is, very few children choose to spend 20 to 30 minutes doing any kind of continuous endurance exercise, regardless of the benefits or incentives.