We get questions all of the time about our Youth Athletic Development class. I’m going to take this blog to answer some of the questions I get asked most often. I’m calling it an FAQ on YAD.
When is the class?
The class is Monday through Friday at 4pm.
How long is the class?
The class is one hour.
Is my child old enough for the class?
Sure. It’s really less about age and more about attention span. If they have the attention span to do an hour long class then they are old enough to participate. The class is about meeting kids where they are developmentally, so there’s no level that is too basic.
Will this help my child get faster?
Absolutely. The class is based around improving athleticism and speed is a big part of that. It’s not the only goal of the class, but in my opinion, doing only speed work would be a disservice. Often the reason for their lack of quickness is their weakness, poor motor control, poor fitness, or poor mobility. As such we need to take a holistic approach and try to improve all of the qualities that affect athleticism.
I think my child should do more speed ladders. You don’t use them enough in your program.
That’s not a question. Here’s a YouTube video about how I don’t like the speed ladder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwdYto_LTw
What are your qualifications to work with children?
I have an undergrad degree in Physical Health Education and am certified to teach PE in the state of Georgia.
I don’t want my child lifting weights. I don’t think they’re ready.
Your child won’t lift weights until we feel like it’s appropriate. We challenge different movement patterns and sometimes weight is a way to do it. We also challenge them through additional reps, slow tempo, faster tempo or while focusing on other movements. Based on the research available, there is no reason to worry about a child lifting weights under the supervision of specialists. It does not stunt growth. It does not damage growth plates and often it is easier than bodyweight movements. The forces put on a child during controlled weight lifting (such as found at Core Blend) are much lower than those found in sprinting, jumping, landing, gymnastics movements and sports, so we have no fears in this area. We only want to challenge a child with weights when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
My child is old enough to lift weights. Why isn’t he?
We don’t feel like your child’s movement pattern is refined enough to add additional weight yet. We are confident that with additional time and work they will be ready and they will make better progress long term because we were conservative.
I’m worried that we won’t make it right at 4. Will my child be penalized for running late?
No of course not. They’ll miss out on one exercise and have an abbreviated warmup, but they’ll get a great workout in.
Do we have to sign up for specific days?
No. We need to know how many days a week your child will show up for pricing purposes, but they can show up whichever days are convenient.
Do we have to sign a contract?
No. We don’t have contracts.
Do we get a discount for additional family members joining the class?
Yes. We have a family discount that applies to classes or personal training.
We’re going to miss a few days, will we lose out on those sessions?
No. We will roll them over for you.