Managing Expectations: Intensity Is Not > Technique
For many kids, the appeal in fitness is for bragging rights.
“I can deadlift 100lbs;” or
“I can front squat 35lbs”!
While achievements such as this should not go unnoticed, we must first ask ourselves some basic questions. How old are these kids? Have they been trained with proper technique and remained consistent in their form for a long period of time?
Establishing a technically sound base of movement mechanics while remaining conscious of what is developmentally appropriate is fundamental to keeping a child safe and moving well within the gym. After all you wouldn’t build a house without a solid foundation. So why would we allow a child to attempt a one rep max without first building a base of solid technique? Simply put, I wouldn’t.
Managing expectations early, of what is developmentally appropriate, coupled with an energetic coach quick with praise and hi-fives for consistent work, will keep unrealistic expectations at bay. When praised for consistent technique work, it sets the groundwork for a solid foundation based on mechanics with little attention paid to the intensity.