Book Review: STRONG KIDS, HEALTHY KIDS: The Revolutionary Program for Increasing Your Child’s Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week by Fredrick Hahn
Are you struggling with an unhealthy child: too skinny, too chubby, no real physical activity or stuck on a plateau in their sport of choice? Strength training may be the answer. Fredrick Hahn has examined medical evidence and has real kid’s success stories to back up his claims that just a little slow strength training for a child can make a huge difference in their physical fitness.
In the past strength training (or weight lifting) has been frowned upon for children. No one wanted to harm growth plates or injury those still forming bodies. But lately, there is more evidence that weight lifting is good for people of all ages, the old to help maintain bone strength and now the young to help develop healthy bodies.
With the increase in the number of overweight children in America, this may be your answer to improving fitness in your house. If other things, like trying to get your child to enjoy playing soccer, isn’t working this may be worth a try.
Here is a disturbing bit of news from page 69. “There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12-ounce can of soda-20 times more sugar than the normal amount for your child’s blood”. And that is just one soda.
This book lays out the principles of slow speed child-friendly strength training exercises. Fredrick Hahn outlines a program for you to do at home, even how to make homemade weights and he outlines a program if you have access to a gym with machine weight equipment. There are pictures provided for home or gym of each exercise. And the pictures are children so that your child (and you) can look at the pictures for guidance. The instructions are easy to follow and the pictures priceless. He also provides a chart at the back of the book for you to record weights used and reps so that you can accurately track your child’s progress (you could even use this for yourself).
The great news is this only takes 30 minutes per week. It is an activity you do with your child, supervising their workout, but you could also do some strength training yourself. Mr. Hahn gives you tips to help you keep your child motivated and focused, for example using super hero names instead of counting, pretty clever.
Book released December 2, 2008 by AMACOM.