College athletes, high school All Americans, or little league, any and all youth athletes need physical exercise. Exercise that is more than just running around at practice. Youth athletes need to be trained on how to control their body in space, get stronger, improve their performance on field, continue to be injury resilient, and become overall better human beings.
Here are 3 keys to success for youth athletes.
- Move REALLY well. Become a master of the mundane. Do this in every range of motion possible. Get comfortable doing the little things correctly on a daily basis.
- Lift often. Athletes should move heavier loads once or twice a week while moving exceptionally well. Yes, getting stronger means that the weights need to go up. However, they should only go up once you’ve demonstrated that you can do it perfectly with lighter loads. Athletes should also practice moving lighter loads very quickly.
- Play the long game. It’s very easy to get caught up in the highlight reel on Instagram. Train with intent and deep focus. Have a plan of action when going into the workout.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
By: Ian Burkhart