I am going to start working with a 4th grader for the first time. And need help from experienced trainers with that age group. She’s not all that wild about the idea, so it has to be fun. I have all the typical toys: ropes, ladders, balls, sandbags/bells, etc. I have 30 years experience as a trainer, so don’t need basic trainer advice. just need a format and some tips to keep it moving. about her: she is on a swim team and takes hip-hop at the dance studio. Her mother is concerned about her weight and would like her to be influenced by the idea of exercise being fun.
There is no cut & dry format or formula for training 9 year olds – at least that I know of. It sounds like she’s pretty active but mom is feeding her the wrong foods – get to the bottom of that first. Workout wise – I’d just keep her moving with fun activities. Of course, avoid all overhead strength activities or anything that stresses the spine vertically. Ladder, ropes, body weight exercises should be fine. If you’re going to use weights, keep them very light. Like mom said – make it fun! Good luck Andrea.