Many gasp at the thought of a child lifting a weight. “They’re going to get hurt!” and “I don’t want their growth to be stunted” are very common thoughts and concerns that come to parents mind, which is completely understandable – no parent wants to see their child get hurt or be negatively impacted for life. But these concerns are the very opposite of what parents and coaches should have. There is a lot of evidence to show that many common concerns about children and resistance training (strength, weightlifting, weight training, etc.) are actually myths or are completely overexaggerated. In fact, resistance training has been shown to have many benefits for the child’s health, development, growth, and well-being, that can carry through into later life as well!
If you’ve spoken to enough bro’s at the gym, I’m gonna bet you’ve heard one of them mention something about muscle memory at some point. Although it’s not quite what it sounds like, your muscles do have the ability to regain size and strength a lot faster the second (third, fourth.. etc.) time around. Your muscles don’t have a brain and they can’t recall ever being something, but with each time your muscles increase in size, they lay down the foundation for accelerated growth via an increase in the number of nuclei their cells contain; this is how the muscles have a form of 'memory'.
Growing (toning) muscle requires the use of enough load to help provide enough intensity to trigger an anabolic response… but what do you do if you’re limited in how much weight you have to lift? The good news is that with certain strategies, you can work around this issue by incorporating some advanced training strategies such as creating a greater mechanical disadvantage, isolation exercises, utilising active insufficiency, increasing metabolic stress, and increasing load in any way possible to help keep light weights as challenging as possible. Doing so can help to keep the gains-train rolling and at least help to mitigate wasting of muscle mass.
Everyone is always searching for the magic pill to help lose more body fat and make the whole process easier, however, most don’t realise one of the best things we can do to assist fat loss efforts is something we’re already doing – sleeping! We, humans, have a terrible tendency to sabotage the duration of sleep we get and we pay a price for it.
With over 10 years experience in the fitness industry and a burning passion for all things health and fitness, Amanda has a BSc in Exercise Science, a BSc in Health Sciences, and a MSc in Biomechanical Analysis. She is also an international IFBB Bikini competitor and a mother to Mya.
From commercial pilot to fitness coach, Daniel changed careers to pursue his passion for health & fitness. He holds a BSc and is a Certified Strength & Conditioner, Certified Fitness Trainer, certified nutritionist, an international men's physique competitor, and a father with a love for helping others become more educated to reach their goals.
David has a MSc in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength & Conditioner and Sports Nutritionist. He has a passion for helping people peak physical performance. He has worked with a diverse range of clients from Olympic athletes who have won National, European and World titles to those just looking to look, feel and perform at their best.
Michelle creates out of this world recipes of everyday foods we love that are more diet-friendly. She is the woman behind the mouth-watering Instagram page, @peachypalate.