More and more parents are hiring personal trainers to work with their kids to help them fight off a major problem we're seeing lately - childhood obesity. Some statistics show that about 37% of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight while about 18% are obese. With PE classes on the decline, it's no surprise that many parents are turning to personal trainers for help. If you're looking for ways to get your kids more active, personal training may be the answer.
One reason parents are turning to personal trainers is to help their kids excel at sports. Another major reason, of course, is help in managing weight problems. Whatever the reason, the decision to hire a personal trainer should be up to you and your child. One thing we do know is that getting kids and teens to exercise can be tough...forcing your child into a type of activity or exercise he doesn't like can backfire and not every child will enjoy working with a personal trainer.
If your child does express interest in working with a trainer, you might wonder what a trainer can do for your child. A good trainer can help him / her find activities she can enjoy while teaching them the proper way to exercise for their age and goals. A trainer can also teach them how to lift weights, which has a number of benefits for kids and teens such as:
- Protection from injuries
- Better health
- Higher self-esteem and confidence
- More strength
- Sports Performance
- Improved Posture
A trainer can help determine what your child is capable of and teach your child how to exercise safely, effectively, and most importantly, how to have some fun so these habits stick into adulthood.
Other reasons you may want your child to work with a trainer are:
- Sports specific training. Athletes often need specialized training and kids who want to pursue sports may want or need help from a professional to strengthen their bodies, increase their power and endurance and protect them from injuries.
- Guidance for exercise. You may feel at a loss if your child wants to exercise or lift weights and you're not sure you have the expertise to show them what to do. If that's the case, the right personal trainer can help you set up a good program that fits your child's age, goals and fitness level.
- Dislike of organized sports or group fitness. Some kids may not like typical PE class or sports, but still want to get in shape. Working one-on-one with a trainer can be a safe environment for them to get fit and strong without feeling self-conscious.
Now a brief glimpse into the life of Marco Franciamore...
My grandmother used to tell me I was "just right" when talking about my weight. She said this to me while trying to shove a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs down my throat! I guess she wanted the "cherubic" look for her grandson. I knew I was fat and needed to do something about it. I didn't like the way I looked or felt. I was always tired and struggled through sports activities.
Finally I did something about it -I was now "working out". I started to look better and the self confidence followed - unfortunately, without professional guidance I injured myself a few times, stopped working out and ultimately fell back into a sedentary lifestyle and regained whatever weight I had lost. I knew I needed to arm myself with knowledge so I began to read books and magazines about exercise and fitness and sought out the advice of professionals. I continued to do this throughout my early adulthood and I still do to this day. Now I'm the professional helping others...my my how things come full circle.
Stay healthy my friends,