| EP – 387 Middle School Kids Do Not Need Barbells To Get Stronger

Author / Cali Hinzman

24 min listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

My question is in regards to Bedrock. If you had an extended period of time with a post-pubescent athlete for two years or more, would you implement some kind of pre-Bedrock block? And if so, how would that look?

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What age should kids start to lift weights? What does this training look like? Does it look like training at all or moving well, play, and developing athleticism? Will this accelerate, hinder, or have no effect what-so-ever on their long-term development?!

All these questions and more are answered in this episode of Power Athlete Radio! The Crew takes on a question from a middle school coach discussing the timing of when to introduce a barbell intro their athletic development. As you’ll quickly learn, introducing and teaching the barbell movements for this age group is not about the lifts themselves, but giving the kids an opportunity to move with intent.

Short and sweet episode to start your week and get you thinking of how and when to introduce the barbell to kids and what other movement solutions exist to unlock athletic potential for the Middle School Athlete.

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.

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