BE FIT AND FEARLESS
Inner Strength is
developed when a
FEARLESS MIND fights
hard to conquer a
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Of course you say that Shan, you’re a strength coach!
It’s true, I’m biased, but my bias comes from experience of success. I’ve trained kids as young as 6, in a sibling pair or in family sessions. At this age, I’m focusing on appropriate technique, safety in the sport, and of course, the fun of the sport!
Kids learn early on about feeling powerful, engaging in self-care and healthy living habits, healthy eating, as well as mindful eating, as I often engage my young clients with different snacks I create. They gain a sense of excitement to try new foods that can be healthy and nourishing.
Family sessions build the family relationships along the common interest and helps siblings feel proud of each other’s accomplishments without breeding sibling rivalry. I focus on making the drills age appropriate and modify the workouts for each child. Working with younger siblings helps the older sibling feel helpful and builds leadership skills. The younger sibling is able to feel capable in a similar area without having to measure up to his/her older sibling. The whole family walks away feeling powerful in their bodies.
An elementary school client I recently worked with has a great success story off the field. Her parents hired me to focus on strength training and basketball skills. Focusing on a sports interest improved her confidence. We worked on being proud of her accomplishments and taking ownership of them—a tough thing for girls to do in our society without being considered arrogant. This increased confidence led to her feeling more capable initiating friendships at a new school. She was able to find friends with a common interest in the sport and this helped sustain the friendships.
What was your earliest memory you have of focusing on how strong you are? Let me know in the comments!