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She got kind of bored with this program. She was curious about the KBs and showed good form and an aptitude to learn when I worked with on DLs with 8-12KG pretty well. I’ve really been thinking about kettlebells for her. We would work carefully through unweighted patterning and start working KBs in when she shows solid body mechanics. I think as I introduce the KBs, we’d start with 4kg and work our way up as appropriate. Honestly, I think she’s going to get a great workout just patterning the movements and learning tension and release, especially unweighted GUs. I feel very confident that I can work with her through these regressions until we get to the point to do SAS 2-3 times per week. I was also thinking of reaching out to hardstyle kettlebell trainers in the area. As an alternative, I mentioned pilates to her and my wife and the both expressed interest in trying that together over the summer.

Has anyone here done hardstyle programming with kids? I know that part of the answer is "it depends" on where the child is at developmentally, but I think progressing to kettlebell work a couple times a week and perhaps rowing or some jogging thrown in here and there might be a good fit for her. And it’s something fun we can do together.

I don’t have nearly the experience it sounds like @Taranenko74 does, but I’ve successfully utilized light KB’s and light barbells as well, with 13-15 year olds. For youths, I’m a pretty big fan of challenging them with higher rep/AMRAP in 15-30 seconds type of circuits, and creating obstacle courses that involve lots of different movements and challenges. Very much a fan of increasing the difficulty through single joint rather than loading – eg we won’t go much more than 25-35lb front squats (and the majority won’t even do that – only the early developers who I feel can safely handle it), but will go light goblets to RFESS to single leg squats (pistol but on a box) if the kids need to be challenged. The only exercise I progress solely through weight would be a deadlift, and I’m fairly strict on not exceeding half bodyweight. Would rather decrease load and challenge them with suitcase deadlifts combined with carries.

Youth training is a topic very close to my heart – I really want to become more involved with youth athletic developoment – and I’m going to be working with youths much more than I have in the past this coming fall, so I’ll be watching this thread for advice from some others!

I spoke to my daughter Saturday and discused hardstyle and kettlebell training with her. I told her (which I firmly believe) that if we work on it together, she’ll have the potential to enter high school (15 months from now) as one of the stronger, more well conditioned kids there. She thought about it and yesterday approached me and said she wanted to get started. She was intimidated by my lightest weight being 8kg. I think as I said before, I’ll get some 4kgs and 6kgs. I want to be very careful and make sure she succeeds early and often. I think the lighter weight will help getting used to the pressure on her forearm for TGUs and rack carries etc…

I know a hardstyle instructor is roughly my daughter’s height and weight (around 5’2" and ~100 lbs). She can swing a 32kg; I’ve been in class with her before; she’s awesome and very encouraging. I think she would be a source of inspiration and great to help with an initial assessment. I’ve also thought about showing her ICKB Girls. They are a GS team (teens to adults). I think she would find that inspiring as well.

She got kind of bored with this program. She was curious about the KBs and showed good form and an aptitude to learn when I worked with on DLs with 8-12KG pretty well. I’ve really been thinking about kettlebells for her. We would work carefully through unweighted patterning and start working KBs in when she shows solid body mechanics. I think as I introduce the KBs, we’d start with 4kg and work our way up as appropriate. Honestly, I think she’s going to get a great workout just patterning the movements and learning tension and release, especially unweighted GUs. I feel very confident that I can work with her through these regressions until we get to the point to do SAS 2-3 times per week. I was also thinking of reaching out to hardstyle kettlebell trainers in the area. As an alternative, I mentioned pilates to her and my wife and the both expressed interest in trying that together over the summer.

Has anyone here done hardstyle programming with kids? I know that part of the answer is "it depends" on where the child is at developmentally, but I think progressing to kettlebell work a couple times a week and perhaps rowing or some jogging thrown in here and there might be a good fit for her. And it’s something fun we can do together.