Youth training is designed to associate fitness with fun and self-expression. Animal locomotion, like moving like a monkey, bear etc. is used to develop fluid movement and let them play. Technical lifting is mostly done with kettlebells, barbells and dumbbells. This is a much more structured time with a no nonsense approach. The kids have surprised me with their excitement for practicing this way.
Safety and wise progressions are always top priority. We often end the class with games that develop balance and coordination. We have many core techniques that build the foundation for more of their own improvisation. Sometimes I observe what they want to do naturally, and help them with those skills.
We develop an ever-expanding movement vocabulary, and technical lifting skills. The objective is to learn proper technique, have fun, meet new friends, express themselves, make progress, and want to keep coming back.