Is it OK for Young Athletes to Start Training?

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With the launch of our new Triangle Sports Performance Summer Program, we want to talk about the benefits of sports training for young athletes.

So, the answer is OF COURSE!

Young children are encouraged to get out and participate in physical activity, especially in this technology driven generation where cell phones, video games and TV shows pull us inside and on the couch. Physical activity can easily be obtained through PE classes and through any kind of sport that they might play.

However, young athletes that are serious about their sport need a different kind of training as they continue to develop and grow in the developing young stages of their lives. The specific training is targeted around the developmental stages that the athletes are going through and aims to lessen/prevent injury during practice or a game.

Training usually consists of a combination of resistance training and strength training. Not only does strength training help promote bone and muscle growth, it also helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol level and weight. The last benefits may not be super beneficial for them now, but they will definitely be thankful for it when they get older.

The internal effects are just as important as the external. What are the external, you ask? Training can easily boost a young athletes confidence and self-esteem. Think of your child scoring that touchdown or goal during the soccer game and having a crowd cheer for them. Can you imagine the smile on their face as their team high fives them?

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touchdown

During our program at +BEYOND Fitness, our goal is to help our athletes reach their performance goals, gain a competitive edge and minimize their risk of injury. Our coaches have a passion for helping athletes to achieve their goals and love to see their students excel and get stronger and better. The classes start on May 2nd and last through July 22nd and will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6PM at BEYOND Fitness. During a special free trial, we have already seen fantastic results in our athletes and we can't wait to see what kind of results that the summer program will bring us!

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Do you think your young athlete would be a good candidate for our program? Contact the TSP Program Developer and +BEYOND's Health and Fitness Director, Dustin Craver, at dustinc@triangletherapeutics.com

Want to take a look at our facility and see what +BEYOND Fitness is all about before you try it? Come on by for a tour from one of our Fitness Associates! We are open Monday thru Friday 5AM-10PM and Saturday &  Sunday 7AM-7PM.

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Tis the Season for Running!

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fall-running

Fall is a prime time in our area when running events start to happen almost every weekend. Have you been inspired lately to run in a 5K or 10K but are not much of a runner or haven't ran in a while? We have some awesome tips to get you started or to help get you back on the track!

1. Warm Up.

If you happen to be a faster runner with a goal pace significantly quicker than your training pace, do no more than 10 minutes of light jogging and finish 15 minutes before you start. Precede to follow your jog with stretching (see stretching suggestions below).

2. Start Slow.

Run the first two to three miles with 10-15 seconds per mile slower than your goal pace. This preserves precious glycogen stores for later in the race so you can finish strong.

3. Drink early, drink often.

Take a sports drink to the first aid station and every one after. Taking in carbohydrates and fluid early will help postpone or prevent serious dehydration or carbohydrate depletion later, so you'll be a lot more likely to maintain your pace.

4. Eat breakfast.

As you sleep, your brain was active and using the glycogen (stored carbohydrate) from your liver. Breakfast restocks those stores, so you will be less likely to run out of fuel. Aim for a few hundred calories, such as a bagel and banana or toast and a sports bar.

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1. IT Band Stretch

New School Year = Busy Schedules.

With the upcoming school year approaching, a lot of lives are about to get really, really busy. However, that doesn't mean that your healthy routine needs to come to and end! We know it will be tempting to indulge in sweet teacher treats from parents and you will indeed get to the point to where you are so busy with helping your children out with sports and homework that you will have no motivation to work out and fast food sounds so good because it's, well, fast.

We are here to give our teachers and busy parents some tips on how to stay healthy and active during the upcoming school year.

1. Commit to a specific schedule. Set aside some time from your busy schedule and choose two mornings/afternoons during the week when you can maybe squeeze in a small workout or cook a healthy meal for your family.

2. Utilize the weekend. We know teachers and parents are very busy during the week with waking up early, staying up late preparing for the next class day or grading papers. The weekend is a perfect time to squeeze in a good workout (even just one!). Sundays are a great day to meal prep!

3. Keep your workouts at a high priority. When you set a goal for yourself. Make workouts a high priority, even if it's a 30 minute walk after dinner. The key is to ALWAYS stay active. Write down your plan ahead of time before the week starts and stay committed to it!

4. Don't beat yourself up. It's okay if you miss a couple of days! We all know you are busy and other priorities are high, but we want to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and squeezing in time for YOU and your health.

Stay active, teachers!

- George Orebe