Personal Training Made Easy

You must have one lying around your house somewhere. Surely, your local realtor, insurance company, hair dresser or car dealership has sent you one for free. No, not a house, a policy, a beauty make-over or a car.

A calendar! A month-by-month day-by-day saddle-stitched calendar, that you in turn, can gift to your kids.

Figuring out where to begin a child’s exercise regimen must include creating an easy means to reference and record it. This can be it.
First things first. Provide students with a names, pictures, descriptions and the number of repetitions for different exercises selected especially for them. Consider options that could be done within a confined space with little to no equipment. It could be sit-ups, push-ups, squat thrusts or jumping jacks. Using a length of Theraband, they could do triceps toning, hamstring stretches, side bends or shoulder strengthening. Include a few dynamic challenges like crab walking or toe touching, or some static ones like sustained yoga postures.
Remember that the bottom line is energy release… so think of heavy work, inverted positions, prolonged cardio and rhythmic movement. Ideally, many of these exercises need multiple repetitions per day to start building a satiation point.
Assign a code (e.g. A, B, C, D etc.) for each type of exercise. Instruct the students to write onto the date the exercise code completed that day. Tell them that they are to select 5 different ones to do. You can even divide them into categories like core strength, movement, bilateral coordination or balance.
Of course, you have to clear with the teachers where and when these exercises can be done. Older children may elect to go into the hall. Younger ones may be fine behind the cubbies in their room. Either way, there is often a feeling of prestige having a personal training program. And with a simple calendar in which to track their efforts, they have valuable data to share with you with minimal effort.
Try it. You’ll like it.
And so will your kids.
(Stay tune for a pictoral guide to kid’s exercises!)