Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/%2A en American Children Are Among the World’s Least Fit http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/american-children-are-among-the-world-s-least-fit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/american-children-are-among-the-world-s-least-fit" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201609/danchildrensf.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Despite Olympic success, America's youth are surprisingly unfit compared with other countries. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p> An international research team co-led from the Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the University of North Dakota studied the aerobic fitness levels of children and youth across fifty countries. <strong>The findings are disappointing for the US, to say the least.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/american-children-are-among-the-world-s-least-fit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family fitness-related research kids fitness sports research Trending Family & Kids Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000 167936 at http://breakingmuscle.com Traditional vs. Undulating Periodization in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/traditional-vs-undulating-periodization-in-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/traditional-vs-undulating-periodization-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201609/thomasshowersheadline.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Coaches working with youth athletes need to keep them injury-free and constantly improving. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Every coach worth mettle uses some form of periodization, which is a big word for <strong>planning variations in an athlete&rsquo;s training over a given portion of time</strong>. Periodizing a training program effectively allows an athlete to steadily progress and achieve &ldquo;peaks&rdquo; in performance when necessary. Two popular forms of periodization are traditional (TP) and daily undulating (DUP). Traditional is characterized by high initial volume and low intensity that gradually shifts to low volume and high intensity.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/traditional-vs-undulating-periodization-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Trending youth athletes Family & Kids Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000 167851 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Middle School Block Zero Strength Program http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-middle-school-block-zero-strength-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-middle-school-block-zero-strength-program" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201609/middleschoolfootballhl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The best gift you can give any athlete is a solid foundation. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Around the country, schools are investing more into their strength and conditioning programs</strong>. Any college football coach will tell you their first hire is the strength coach. This has trickled down to the high school level, where many programs have set strength and conditioning as a top priority for the safety and development of their young athletes. The need is overwhelming.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-middle-school-block-zero-strength-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle strength and conditioning youth athletes youth development Family & Kids Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 167786 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Lesson Plan for the Youth Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-lesson-plan-for-the-youth-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-lesson-plan-for-the-youth-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201609/kickballhl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Youth today are unable to perform basic human movements, so the mission is to help them accumulate those skills. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> Years ago, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/dan-john" target="_blank">Dan John</a> wrote a very good article on <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/portal_includes/articles/2005/05-137-training.html" target="_blank">accumulation and intensification.</a>&nbsp;<strong>He defines accumulation as, &ldquo;actively seeking and learning new sports, lifts, moves, ideas, and games.&rdquo;</strong> Intensification, he defines as, &ldquo;doing what you say you need to do.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-lesson-plan-for-the-youth-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> basic fitness breakingmuscle programming Programming Trending youth athletes Family & Kids Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 167671 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Case for Competition in Youth Sports http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/youthfootballpixabay.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The lessons kids learn on the field prepare them for life. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>By far the most popular spectator sport in America is football. No other sport even comes close. The juggernaut of football is an impenetrable fortress that will forever represent itself as America&rsquo;s modernly anointed past time. <strong>But there&rsquo;s one problem with the assumption that football will reign supreme for all time</strong>: While football is in a state of steady growth in terms of popularity as a spectator sport, the sport itself is in declining in terms of player participation at the youth and high school levels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition football kids sports Family & Kids Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 167251 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Exploitation of Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/footballcamphl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't fall victim to an industry whose interest is money, not your child's wellbeing. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>The world of youth sports has been infiltrated by con-men.</strong> Not only will they take your money, but they will also leave your son or daughter less powerful and more likely to be injured. While I&rsquo;ve found the most honorable, giving, and caring people in my life within sports and performance training, there is a developing industry built on exploiting the desires of athlete and parent for financial gain, no matter the cost.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> More Work Isn&#39;t Better Work</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fitness industry youth athletes youth coaches Family & Kids Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +0000 166951 at http://breakingmuscle.com Protect Your Kids From the Danger of Taking No Risks http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201607/swingshl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Hypervigilant parenting may insulate your child from short-term risk, but it sets them up for long-term problems. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>It&rsquo;s summer and the kids are driving you crazy.</strong> They are so needy, and messy, and why won&rsquo;t they just play quietly? When the kids come home for summer it can be a nightmare for your productivity. Of course it&rsquo;s a great opportunity for quality experiences and vacations, but at some point you&rsquo;ll have to take care of things - maybe your own health.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids lifestyle play Family & Kids Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 166461 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Your Kid Needs to Know About Exercise http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/recessheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The main reason our kids don't exercise is that the message we give them about it is all wrong. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><div class="rteleft"> <span style="font-size:18px;"><em>&ldquo;All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.&rdquo;</em></span></div> </blockquote> <div class="rteright"> <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en" target="_blank">-Sir Ken Robinson</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids fitness kids strength training physical education Family & Kids Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165976 at http://breakingmuscle.com Pulling the Plug on Xbox Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/xboxfitness2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If fitness is a growing industry, why did the software giant back out? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>On June 27th, <a href="https://microsoftstudios.com/news/2016/06/27/xbox-fitness-sunset-announcement/" target="_blank">Microsoft announced</a> they will <strong>discontinue their Xbox Fitness service</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Trending Family & Kids Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000 165961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Chasing Rabbits to the NFL: Lessons From Muck City http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/flagfootballheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You don't need world-class facilities to foster young athletic talent. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>In 2007, <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=adelson/070416" target="_blank">ESPN ran a story</a> about the rich talent pool coming from the region they call Muck City.</strong> Located on the banks of Lake Okeechobee in the Florida Everglades, Muck City features two towns: Belle Glade and Pahokee. Together, these towns have a combined population less than 30,000.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> agility breakingmuscle football youth Family & Kids Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165571 at http://breakingmuscle.com Organized Sports or Trees? Choose Your Risk http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/boy-874013.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Organized sports are great for kids, but they're also risky - just like climbing trees. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I read two articles recently that got me thinking about the modern state of parenting. One was titled, <em>&quot;<a href="http://www.journalofplay.org/sites/www.journalofplay.org/files/pdf-articles/8-2-article-we-dont-allow-children-to-climb-trees.pdf" target="_blank">We Don&#39;t Allow Children to Climb Trees</a>.&quot;</em> It was a discussion of new restrictions put in place by early childhood education providers in Norway.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids kids sports Trending Family & Kids Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000 165291 at http://breakingmuscle.com Athletic Training for Pre-Adolescents http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/kidscoachcolorheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Avoid the temptation to specialize your kids too early. Focus instead on intelligent progression and quality movement. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> I&rsquo;m often approached by parents of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who wonder if resistance training is safe to start with their son or daughter.<strong> In short, the answer is yes.</strong> But doing it right requires intelligent progression, and parents and coaches of youth must understand that athletic development is a long-term process.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids fitness Technique Technique teen fitness Family & Kids Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165191 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dad Bod Is a Lie http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/dadandkids.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Your fitness journey doesn't end when you have children. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>You might have seen articles floating around the Internet about &ldquo;dad bod.&rdquo; <strong>Dad bod is the new somatotype for suburban American fathers</strong>. <a href="http://www.today.com/style/barbie-s-beau-ken-gets-dad-bod-hipster-makeovers-shopping-t71091" target="_blank">A certain toy manufacturer has even proposed a new makeover for Ken doll</a>, which would include more dad bod features, such as &ldquo;a lack of six-pack abs, minimal muscle tone, and an untucked plaid shirt.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness parenting priorities Technique Technique Family & Kids Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000 165101 at http://breakingmuscle.com Quit Dieting: Your Kids Are Watching http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/stopdietingyourkidsarewatching.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A child's healthy relationship with food starts with you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="color:#b22222;"><strong>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m on a diet, so I usually prepare something different than what my kids are eating.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hear this too often from people who are either currently on a diet or have been on one in the past. <strong>Since their kids eat &ldquo;kid food&rdquo; like nuggets, fries, lasagna, fast food, or pizza, they have to prepare boiled chicken and asparagus to eat on the side</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family Family Meals habits kids nutrition nutrition nutrition Family & Kids Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000 164396 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Healthy Nation Must Start at School http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/uncrustablesvsrealfood.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You'd have a hard time coming up with a better recipe for obesity than the formula currently in use in school cafeterias. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> Eating and school. These two topics are intertwined in the minds of many adults. <strong>Most Americans have vivid, emotional memories of their time in school.</strong> We remember the teachers, the smells, the bells, and the rectangular pizzas and sloppy joes sold in the cafeteria.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Family Meals nutrition nutrition obesity school lunch Family & Kids Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 164376 at http://breakingmuscle.com