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Brett Klika

Brett Klika is an IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, motivational speaker, author and co-founder of SPIDERfit Kids, a global innovator in youth fitness education. With over 20 years of experience creating youth fitness programs, fitness DVDs, and other resources for various industry and consumer organizations, Brett continues to bring his knowledge and practical experience with the “power of play” to fitness educators around the world. His best-selling book, 7 Minutes to Fit, has been translated into three different languages and has inspired busy families from all corners of the globe to make health part of their hectic lives.

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From the Couch to Conditioning

March 17, 2015

Youth are flocking to fitness classes as parents face concerns over inactivity, obesity, sports injuries and performance. Instructors are learning to cater to the vast needs of this market, and it can be difficult to create a safe environment where all children can participate, get results and have a good time. While challenges will always exist in group classes, some simple strategies, particularly during the first few minutes, can turn frustration into fun.

Engagement and Physical Literacy

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Simple Group Assessment in Seconds

April 18, 2014

Group exercise remains a popular option at fitness facilities, and instructors are being stretched to teach in smarter and more strategic ways. In one class you may have a multitude of experience levels, physical abilities and personal motivations. While this generates a unique energy, it also creates a challenge—and may make it more difficult to provide a safe, effective environment for everyone.

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Buddy Up to Cool Down

February 1, 2012

Boot camp workouts are an intense, multifaceted way to get in shape. People get a chance to experience diverse movements while exploring a range of energy systems. It’s a well-rounded fitness opportunity for everyone, and there’s a bonus: the group training environment facilitates camaraderie and competition. Since intensity is high, heart rates will definitely be elevated, and muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments will experience various levels of overload. It is therefore absolutely essential to end with a cool-down.

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Training Young Athletes: What You Need to Know

February 17, 2011

If you work with children and adolescents, you have probably fielded thousands of questions from parents regarding the safety and validity of organized physical training. As a fitness professional, it’s important that you provide parents of your child clients with accurate, up-to-date information based on extensive experience, research and professional correspondence. Here are two questions you are likely to get from parents and some factual, practical answers that you can easily communicate to them. The end result: you will help to engender and foster a lifetime of fitness, wellness and successful performance for your young clients.

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Educate the Parent, Empower the Young Athlete

December 8, 2010

If you’re fortunate enough to work with children and adolescents, you’ve likely fielded thousands of questions and concerns from parents regarding the safety and validity of organized physical training. Parents are bombarded with conflicting information on this topic. Unfortunately, most of their information is based on opinion, speculation and improperly drawn conclusions. As a fitness…

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Fun and Function for Youth

February 16, 2010

Another grim doctor’s appointment: Tim’s excessive body weight, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are a growing concern for his doctor. Tim has become a walking risk factor for heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In addition, his weight has created pain in his joints and other body structures, making it hard for him to move or exercise. He used to play sports, but as his body weight rose, movement became more difficult and painful, causing him to stop physical activity all together. Tim is in the 6th grade.

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