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Youth Strength Training PDF

Youth Strength Training PDF

Programs for Health, Fitness, and Sport

$29.95 USD


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    The e-book for More Fun and Games is available at a reduced price. It allows you to highlight, take notes, and easily use all the material in the book in seconds. The e-book is delivered through Adobe Digital Editions® and when purchased through the Human Kinetics site, access to the content is immediately granted when your order is received.

    The benefits of strength training for youth are clearly documented. Yet teachers, fitness instructors, and youth coaches are often not sure how to proceed, and they end up watering down adult versions of strength-training programs.


    That is definitely not the way to go. But authors Avery Faigenbaum and Wayne Westcott, with their 50 years of combined experience in teaching youth strength-training classes and coaching, can tell you the way to go—and back it with the most current research on instructional techniques and program design for youth.


    Long recognized as leading authorities on strength training, Faigenbaum and Westcott guide you in designing efficient, enjoyable, and productive programs for kids of varying abilities in elementary school (ages 7 to 10), middle school (11 to 14), and high school (15 to 18). You will focus first on broad-based, balanced muscle development, and then move into comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs.


    In addition, Youth Strength Training will teach you

    • productive protocols for warming up and cooling down;

    • procedures for enhancing joint flexibility;

    • innovative ways to incorporate resistance exercises into physical education classes, sport practice sessions, and exercise facilities; and

    • proper exercise technique for 111 resistance exercises using weight stack machines, free weights, medicine balls, elastic bands, and body-weight resistance.


    Much has changed since the authors first wrote a book on strength training for youth, and those changes—including information in the areas of nutrition, hydration, and recovery to maximize the effects of strength training and minimize the risks of overtraining—are incorporated in this book. Additional changes, based on the authors’ studies, are reflected in workout frequency, exercise repetitions, related training components, and other factors that affect program design and conditioning results. All programs were fashioned with the latest NASPE standards in mind.


    Faigenbaum and Westcott have included new information on periodization and long-term planning, perceived exertion scale for youth, overtraining and undertraining, dynamic warm-ups and static stretches, new exercises, effective instruction of youth, and plyometrics.


    Through strength training, kids as young as 7 can safely develop a strong musculoskeletal system that can help them improve their health and fitness and also withstand the rigors of sport participation.


    Youth Strength Training is the definitive source to guide you in designing and overseeing the programs of the kids you work with, whether you’re in a school, fitness center, or home setting. If you want to see high rates of strength development and spark a lifelong interest in strength-building activities, rely on Youth Strength Training.

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    Language versions English French German





    Part I Fitness Fundamentals

    Chapter 1. Ready to Train

    Strength Training Versus Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding

    FUNdamental Fitness

    Muscles, Bones, and Connective Tissue

    Program Assessment

    Getting Ready



    Chapter 2. Program Prescriptions

    Training Guidelines

    Program Considerations

    Play Education



    Chapter 3. Exercise Technique and Training Procedures

    Understanding Children

    Being a Teacher

    Developing the Fitness Workout

    Using Equipment Safely

    Keeping It Progressive



    Part II Exercises

    Chapter 4. Free Weights

    Training With Free Weights

    Free-Weight Exercises



    Chapter 5. Weight Machines

    Training on Weight Machines

    Weight Machine Exercises



    Chapter 6. Elastic Bands and Medicine Balls

    Training With Elastic Bands and Medicine Balls

    Elastic Band Exercises

    Medicine Ball Exercises



    Chapter 7. Body-Weight Training

    Using Body Weight as Resistance

    Body-Weight Exercises



    Part III Program Design

    Chapter 8. General Preparation

    Preparatory Conditioning

    Training Youth

    Dynamic Motivation



    Chapter 9. Basic Strength and Power for Ages 7 to 10

    Components of the Warm-Up and Cool-Down

    Strength-Training Program

    Strength-Training Exercises

    Training Considerations



    Chapter 10. Intermediate Strength and Power for Ages 11 to 14

    Components of the Warm-Up and Cool-Down

    Strength-Training Program

    Machine Strength-Training Exercises

    Medicine Ball Strength-Training Exercises

    Training Considerations



    Chapter 11. Advanced Strength and Power for Ages 15 to 18

    Components of the Warm-Up and Cool-Down

    Strength-Training Program

    Machine and Free-Weight Strength-Training Exercises

    Medicine Ball and Elastic Band Strength-Training Exercises

    Training Considerations



    Chapter 12. Sport-Specific Power and Strength for Young Athletes

    Training for Sport Conditioning

    Baseball and Softball

    Basketball and Volleyball

    Dancing and Figure Skating

    Football and Rugby

    Ice Hockey and Field Hockey




    Track: Sprints and Jumps

    Track: Distance Running



    Part IV Long-Term Planning and Nutritional Support

    Chapter 13. Periodization and Recovery

    Overreaching and Overtraining

    Models of Periodization

    Rest and Recovery

    Long-Term Development



    Chapter 14. Eating for Strength and Performance

    Basics of Healthy Eating

    Children’s Nutritional Needs


    Snack Foods



    Appendix A: Sample Workout Log

    Appendix B: Suggested Readings


    About the Authors

    Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD,CSCS, is a professor in the department of health and exercise science at the College of New Jersey. Dr. Faigenbaum is a leading researcher and practitioner in pediatric exercise science, with nearly 20 years of experience in working with children and adolescents. He has authored more than 100 scientific articles, 20 book chapters, and 7 books related to youth fitness and conditioning. In addition, Dr. Faigenbaum has lectured nationally and internationally to health and fitness organizations and has developed youth fitness programs for YMCAs, recreation centers, physical education classes, and after-school sport programs.


    Dr. Faigenbaum is a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine and of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and was a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for 7 years.


    Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, CSCS, is a fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA and adjunct instructor of exercise science at QuincyCollege, both in Quincy, Massachusetts. He has served as a strength-training consultant for Nautilus, the United States Navy, the American Council on Exercise, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the YMCA of the USA. He has also been an editorial advisor for many publications, including Physician and Sportsmedicine, Fitness Management, On-Site Fitness, Prevention, Shape, and Men’s Health. He has authored or coauthored 23 books on youth strength training worldwide and has helped numerous colleges, schools, YMCAs, and fitness centers develop youth strength-training programs.

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