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

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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