How to Prepare Kids for Weightlifting Without Weightlifting

Rich Kite
Olympic Weightlifting

"Training kids can be a bit like feeding them vegetables. You almost have to hide it in with the good stuff so they don't realize."


That is a quotation I took from a long-term athlete development (LTAD) workshop I recently attended. It’s quite a funny but realistic analogy. The point is if you can make something more enjoyable, children are more likely to accept it. So, give them an incentive to do it.


What Is a Child?

Before delving further into this article, it’s important to define what a child is, to benefit you as a reader. Throughout the article I will be referring to children as pre-adolescent between the ages of one to nine years of age (plus or minus a year).1


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