weight training
March 22, 2012

Extreme PE

The AAP is recommending weight training for some students.

Scott: Students at Saratoga High in California are known for their brains but it is now their bodies that the school is focusing on. P.E. instructors adapted a version of cross-fit training, a popular strength and conditioning program, to the high school level.

So, where are the group sports like badminton and volleyball?

“We felt with our teams sports, which were good in some cases, there was always a percentage of students who weren’t into it, weren’t really participating. But in this case, we’ve been able to incorporate the most amount of students in a general fitness way that allows them to use the tools they learn here and implement something for themselves.”

Scott: They call it lifelong fitness education, and the results speak for themselves.

“I can do a push up now. Before I couldn’t do any pushups.”

Scott: She once called herself ‘un-athletic’ but says the class is reshaping her thoughts.

“I’ve been feeling better. Just, like, less stressed out.”

Scott: Some are concerned students could get hurt. But the coaches say they only allow the students to take on what they can actually handle and log their progress along the way.

A new report from American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends strength training, like using weights, for young people. Researchers say strength training improves coordination and endurance and may actually protect muscles and joints from sports-related injuries.

And students here say gym helps in class work too!

“You get an adrenaline rush. If you have a test after P.E., you’re all, ‘yeah, I can do that. I can take that.’”

Scott: Don’t be surprised if your gym class gets a switch up too. It might make those grades a little easier to carry!

Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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