"When your 10 year old son tells you he wants abs of steel and doesn't want to be a string-bean anymore, call INNERSTRENGTH! That's what I did!"- Curtis Shaw Child
Training for the young adult and early athlete is such an important role to fill. Our coaches personality, attitude, empathy, communication skills and session content design the success of these relationships.Most of our training staff have had experience training young adults and some have gone on to earn specialty certifications in children’s fitness as well.
When working with the young adult, we realize that there is an athlete in everybody. We believe it is never too early to learn how to move ones body through space, balance, stretch, eat and lift. We teach independence, and it develops confidence. Safety is paramount at this stage. What they learn now will remain in their consciousness forever. The key to healthy behavior modification for the adult years is to start early. The early athlete is bombarded with all the same confusing media myths that adults attempt to decipher; yet the peer pressures faced in the school system exacerbate it.
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For the high school student, we like to consider ourselves supplemental to their weight room guidance and/or coaching that they may have received in school. Proper supervision and attention to detail can make the difference between an early injury or a personal best and peak performance in their sport. Meanwhile, the exercises for preventative maintenance and injury prevention are going un-noticed. We will combine these elements in a non-intimidating and productive session with goals of independence in mind.
"My 15 year-old son, Henry has found a new perspective in life (other than is Xbox) because of Matt's team. He now realizes the importance of exercise as it relates to his health, his outward appearance, and probably most importantly, he would tell you that the "girls are now looking his way." The workouts are fun, different and age appropriate to control for boredom and to maximize work potential. Henry now has a new found energy and a bit more spirit in his daily attitude. InnerStrength’s program works because it is based on more than just "lifting weights" -- a total well-being approach is addressed." - Liz Leedle
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This is behavior modification for the youth we work with. We start by being a role model and positive influence in their lives and they look forward to our sessions. Parents have a hard time trying to do what we can do. The young adult starts to see these sessions as a time to share with a friend instead of a dreaded "baby-sitting" appointment where they are forced to workout. Self-awareness with body image begins all too early. They also know when they need to lose weight and they feel self-conscious about it. We assist in encouraging the instinct to "play" since it seems to be leaving the schools these days. Behavior modification takes patience and it needs a willing participant. We enjoy them wanting to come back, eliminating the negative feelings that they may have had with exercise and watching them incorporate independent workouts as our relationship matures. Success here is really measured by this independent action that has meaning to the child. Our hope is that they may be more likely to lead healthy lifestyles in the future by enjoying our time together and learning from it as well.