Totum’s Youth Training Program

 

 

What is it?

The Totum Youth Training Program helps children develop basic movement skills that will allow them be more comfortable and confident when they participate in physical activity and sports.  This will help them to enjoy activity more, and hopefully keep them engaged through the remainder of their lives.  We all know how important this is.

For athletes, developing fundamental movement skills is essential for them to achieve their potential in a chosen sport.  For example, if a young athlete cannot perform a basic squat properly, they will not be as effective in sports that require lower body strength and speed.

The main goal of this program is to develop each child’s movement potential to the best of their abilities.

How do we do this?

The weekly sessions will start with an assessment of movement patterns in each child.  This will let us know what their strengths are and what areas we need to focus on.

During the training portion we will focus on speed, agility, balance, hand-eye coordination, strength, mobility/flexibility, along with cardiovascular and muscular endurance. The ages we will be including are from 6 years old to 16 years old. Children will be grouped into smaller sections that are age and ability appropriate.  We also plan to include a nutrition education component to this training.  We want to develop good eating habits in our groups in a fun, relaxed environment.

We are interested in helping to develop youth in an complete, fun way and avoiding the trap of specialization.  We have come to understand that focusing to much on any one physical activity at a young age can lead to decreased enjoyment and in many cases, burn out.

You can read more about the importance of teaching youth about physical literacy in this interview Stacy Irvine conducted with Active For Life magazine.

To find our more about our program and philosophy, please contact us through any of our locations.