For teenagers, strength training can have a range of benefits, from improving their athletic performance to positively impacting their mental health and developing healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Below is an outlined overview of the benefits of strength training for teenagers:
1. Reduces the risk of obesity: Strength training can help teenagers to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity, which can lead to a range of health problems.
2. Meet long lasting friends: Strength training and working out in general becomes part of your daily routine and you will see the same faces most days, we see a lot of friendships develop in the gym.
3. Increases bone density: Strength training can help to increase bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
4. Improves athletic performance: Strength training can help teenagers to improve their overall athletic performance, including their speed, agility, balance, and coordination.
5. Increases confidence: Strength training can help teenagers to feel more confident and self-assured, which can have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
6. Promotes healthy habits: Strength training can help teenagers to develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime, including regular exercise and healthy eating.
7. Reduces the risk of injury: Strength training can help teenagers to build stronger muscles and bones, reducing the risk of injury during sports and other physical activities.
8. Improves overall health: Strength training can have a range of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
9. Enhances mental health: Strength training can also have a positive impact on teenagers’ mental health, reducing stress and anxiety and improving overall wellbeing.
A common myth that we hear is that strength training too early can be bad for teens development, when In fact strength training for teens is actually recommended and can have numerous benefits (as above)
A big component of youth strength training is that it is important for teens to receive proper guidance and supervision when engaging in strength training, as well as starting with appropriate weights and progressions. Teens should also be encouraged to focus on proper form and technique to avoid injury.
Below are some really interesting insight from studies conducted on the benefits from both a physical and mental health capacity:
- Study 1: A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that youth participating in organized sports and receiving proper athletic training experienced numerous physical and psychological benefits. They had a 25% higher cardiovascular fitness level compared to their non-athletic peers. Additionally, they exhibited a 15% decrease in the risk of obesity and reported better mental well-being compared to sedentary youth.
- Study 2: Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study on the impact of athletic training on injury prevention in youth athletes. They discovered that structured training programs reduced the risk of sports-related injuries by up to 50%. Proper training methods, such as incorporating warm-ups, cool-downs, and strength and flexibility exercises, were effective in preventing common injuries.
- Study 3: A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined the effects of resistance training on adolescent athletes. The research revealed that implementing a supervised resistance training program led to a significant increase in muscular strength, with participants experiencing an average strength gain of 20% over a 12-week period.
- Study 4: A longitudinal study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences investigated the long-term effects of athletic training on physical fitness and health. It found that individuals who consistently participated in structured sports activities and training throughout adolescence had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood compared to those who were sedentary during their youth.
- Study 5: Researchers from the University of Exeter conducted a study on the impact of athletic training on academic performance in youth athletes. The findings revealed that young athletes who regularly engaged in sports activities had a 15% higher GPA compared to non-athletic peers. Moreover, they demonstrated improved cognitive abilities, such as a 20% increase in attention span and memory retention.
Here at Temple Gym we have a membership package that will help teenagers get the most out of their health and fitness with the convenience of coming in through a range of staffed hours access.
We also have a dedicated Teen Fitness session Class Timetable which helps Teens improve the fundamentals of gym training and strength training in particular.
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