Prime Time Training for Teenagers

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Question: Is the eleventh grade too late for my son to start training? If it’s not, then should he start training after football practice ends each day?
Answer: The eleventh grade is part of prime time for teenage males. Prime time is between ages 14 and 18 for most guys. By this age range, they have been training some with their school teams and are eating like there is no tomorrow. The combination of food, training and sleep along with the hormones that they are secreting at an amazing rate drives their testosterone levels up like they are on steroids without them doing anything to further that.
The key to using all these positive factors is to make sure that they are training with methods that are safe and effective while they are in the gym and to get the proper nutrition and rest in order to reap the benefits of their efforts. With their hormones raging, they are capable of making huge differences in strength, speed and sheer size. Whatever changes they do make with their bodies, these changes need to be transferable to the playing field whatever the sport. Don’t just make them strong, make them explosively strong so they can move opposing bodies on the field. Don’t just add weight to their frame, add muscle which makes them capable of delivering a hit and absorbing a hit with minimal effect except on the opposing player.
None of this should occur during the season. They have too much to handle as it is. School and grades have to come first, followed by learning the game plan during practice each day to face the next team. Then they have to recover from the game itself on the weekends. When the season is over, then it’s time to put training back into their daily lives 3 to 4 days a week. A long-term training plan using weights and a Crossfit-style workout to help maintain a high level of cardio conditioning. Core strength training is essential as well an effective eating plan to maximize their potential and training recovery.
Finally, teach them that once this game is done for them no matter which level of play they can reach, they should know how to take care of their bodies through training, nutrition and recovery. In reality, it’s never too late to start training whether you are 17 or 70.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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