Strength training: Myths and misconceptions

IN a previous article on why have strength or resistance training, we touched on the physical softness of today’s youth due to increasing sendentary pursuits and less than ideal diets associated with an urbanised lifestyle that expects food delivered fast. Citing pertinent examples from the recent Beijing Olympics, we noted the importance of muscular development to the growth and self-esteem of the tween, and introduced the idea of having a strength training programme.

In this article, we examine the concerns parents may have of such a program that would involve some form of weight training.