Why junior needs strength training

Former competitive gymnast and mum of two Rosanna Trigg, shares why it’s important to build up your little one’s muscle.

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As adults, we know that strength training impacts many physical attributes. The same goes for kids.

          Rosanna Trigg, founder of The Yard and Gym with Me, shares that strength training improves a child’s posture and bone density, builds skeletal support and aids athletic performance. This, she says, translates to greater flexibility, speed, balance and agility.

          Trigg also notes that it’s good to put your little ones in a gym when they’re in the early stages of movement exploration because “from crawling, rolling and walking, your child should have a soft and safe environment that encourages them to explore their abilities without getting hurt, even when they falls.”

          Trigg’s own children learned this lesson well; her older son, Cuali, 2, can now do forward rolls and handstands against a wall. “He had been exploring, climbing on things and finding his feet, balance and coordination since he was born,” she shares.

“From crawling, rolling and walking, your child should have a soft and safe environment that encourages him to explore his abilities without getting hurt.”

          Just remember that not every child should to go at Cuali’s rate of development. In fact, Trigg notes that parents have to be careful as every child is different, and we need to be “mindful of the important growth phases that children of particular ages go through”.

          For example, between the ages of 8 and 10, children experience high growth rates with softened growth plates in their bones that can be susceptible to injury with overuse and repetitive impact work, Trigg explains.

Read on for simple activities you can do with your tot to improve their muscle strength!

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