Plan for the Unplanned: How to Write a Program for Youth Athletes

Rich Kite
Olympic Weightlifting

"Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” These famous words came from legendary boxer Mike Tyson. It's a simple, yet important concept for those of us who coach children. You can't rely on just one strategy, as there are many variables that may resist such plans being effective. And metaphorically speaking, kids really know how to punch hard.


It should be of little surprise to hear that the number one priority of a child is to have fun, and usually with friends. Sometimes that fun doesn't include the drills that you may want to include in an exercise session. This can be problematic, but don't let it throw you off track. It's simply a case of smart programming being required.



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