Kids of all ages are generally, inherently unstable bodies. They are fighting a constant battle to control the ever-changing lengths of their limbs, brought about by inevitable growth spurts. Youth athletes cannot be trained like “mini” adults and the same results expected.
You wouldn’t build a 2000 sq. ft. house on a 1000 sq. ft. foundation, yet coaches continuously try to build speed, strength and power on these kid’s frames that do not have the foundation in place to support it.
We strongly believe the key to a young developing athletes success lies in the application of appropriate training stimuli linked to natural growth and maturation processes. Our Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) attempts to balance training load and competition throughout programming. There has traditionally been too much focus placed upon results rather than assisting optimal development processes, during these, the most formative years in a young athletes career. Our youth training systems seek to develop athletic potential alongside biological growth and sensitive developmental periods
The Chamber’s model distinguishes between three stages of training development that account for enhancing general athletic capabilities and sport specialization:
Scientific literature supports the notion that ‘‘windows of opportunity’’ exist at certain maturation levels amongst males/females that both accelerate and enhance areas of physical development. With these windows of opportunity in mind, The Chamber has created the ultimate ‘Framework for success’.
We extract maximal work capacity and effort from our athletes each and every session through positive reinforcement and the development of mutual trust and respect. Our training environment is one that fosters intensity, drive and focus while maximizing each athletes potential through increased strength, endurance and flexibility, leading to increased performance and reduced injury potential.
The inclusion of nutrition and regeneration techniques within our training systems help to improve performance and educate young athletes on how decisions made off the field, between games and during practices can help improve overall performance.
1. ‘Learning to train’ phase
8–11 year olds (Team Motiv8)
Our goal is to provide early exposure to scientifically sound, age-appropriate training protocols that will assist in the development of healthy, competent, young athletes. We are providing a head start—a springboard into safe and effective fitness habits—while laying the foundation of movement skills to grow in the future. Early development of physical literacy and movement competency will permit our young athletes to move confidently and excel in a wide range of physical activities and sporting situations.
All the research indicates that children seven years and older are developmentally ready to acquire the fundamental skills that are the cornerstones of athletic development. Their nervous systems are incredibly receptive, making it prime time to hard-wire strength gains and movement patterns.
We place a heavy emphasis on developing the “ABCs” of athleticism—Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. We create a structured, yet fun, environment where we refine primitive movement patterns. All kids will run, jump, throw, crawl, hop, balance, push, pull, carry and roll to increase joint stability, core strength, posture, balance, coordination and their movement efficiency all while building self-confidence. This is step one in our Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).
The Chamber’s Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) recognizes the fact that there has traditionally been too much focus placed upon results rather than assisting optimal development processes, during these, the most formative years in a young athlete’s career. Youth athletes at this age are generally inherently unstable systems, meaning they are fighting a constant battle to control the ever-changing lever arms of their limbs, brought about by inevitable growth spurts. Common sense dictates that you would not build a 2,000 sq. ft. house on a 1,000 sq. ft. foundation, yet coaches are constantly trying to build speed, strength and power on young frames that do not have the necessary support structure in place to sustain it.
A well-established developmental program based on improving proficiency in foundational activities will improve their ability to learn and master sports skills quicker and more efficiently as they progress.
Physical preparation is key and necessary to advance training results and adaptation as these youth athletes grow and develop through puberty. Team Elev8 athletes are within the “window of accelerated adaptation to aerobic and strength training” according to much of the latest research. In order to maximize their genetic potential at this early stage, well-structured, logically planned, long-term athletic and movement development must be initiated and progressed alongside of biological growth and sensitive developmental periods. The key in optimal development of young aspiring athletes lies in the provision of training that is in line with their needs and abilities. Not all 12–14 year olds are created equal.
As mentioned, scientific literature supports the notion that ‘‘windows of opportunity’’ exist at certain maturation levels amongst males/females that both accelerate and enhance areas of physical development. At The Chamber, we do our best to exploit these windows in an attempt to help our athletes fulfill their potential.
Our training systems start to “build the engine,” so to speak. Once a foundation is in place, we will begin to develop the raw, primal speed, strength and power our methodologies are designed for.
Why not? Every athlete needs and desires speed. The reality is that speed is a product of force. Force is a product of strength. Strength is limited by the work put in, and the work you put in is limited by you—the athlete. Let’s go!
The time is now! Athletes are competing for jobs everyday. The sporting world is a competitive one where athletes are all looking for the edge. Our focus is solely on producing healthy, competent athletes; elevating game day and performance potential while supporting a smooth transition from high school sports to the collegiate arena.
The Chamber takes pride in our Xceler8 Performance Training Systems (XPTS). These training systems have successfully guided many of the nation’s top college recruits to the professional level while supporting many current professional athletes in their efforts to increase both career productivity and longevity.
Team Domin8 will receive full exposure to our movement-based systems, which will help bridge the gap between weight room gains and on-field performance thereby building better athletes!
* For more information, please refer to the Chamber information booklet “Strength training for kids and the youth athlete, dispelling the myths”.