Regress to Progress- With Video
Brett Klika C.S.C.S.
Bodyweight exercises are often recommended as a starting point for teaching strength training to youth. While this is sound advice, it’s important to remember that not all kids can lift their bodyweight! If this is the case, where do you start?
Through the years working with today’s youth and their disproportionate strength to weight ratios, I’ve found some successful means by which to regress even bodyweight exercises. One of these means is assisted work using bands. Superbands are great for aiding in push-ups, lunges, squats, and pull-ups. To set it up, just use the band opposite how you would for resistance.
If you don’t have access to Superbands, static holds are very effective. These address the actual core of the movement and allow kids to “groove” the pattern without worrying about dynamic properties of the movement such as balance and reactive stabilization. In this short video, I demonstrate 3 of these basic static drills to teach push-ups, squats, and pull-ups.
If you work with youth (or adults, for that matter), try implementing these modifications when you find they do the full movement incorrectly or ineffectively.
Once they can do the static version, add movement and repetitions. Once they can do that, add resistance. Once they can do that, get them stronger for the rest of their lives!
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Brett Klika C.S.C.S., Director of Athletics at Fitness Quest 10, is a world renowned human performance specialist, motivational speaker, author, and educator. In his 14 year career, Brett has accrued more than 20,000 hours of training with youth, athletes, executives, and every day people. He uses this knowledge and experience to motivate individuals and audiences around the world through his writing, speaking, DVD’s, and personal correspondence.