Preadolescent Fitness

Preadolescent refers to a period before the development of secondary sex characteristics (e.g. pubic hair and reproductive organs) and corresponds roughly to the ages 6-11 in girls and 6-13 in boys.

Preadolescent youth should be encouraged to participate regularly in physical activities that promote cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal health. Regular physical activity can improve aerobic fitness, muscle strength, bone mineral density, motor performance skills, body skills and psychosocial well-being.

Childhood obesity and overweight figures continue to increase and the physical activity levels of most preadolescent boys and girls are down. The percentage of overweight boys and girls has more than doubled during the past two decades, and many children who are overweight have one or more cardiovascular disease risk factors. Daily participation in physical activity/education classes continues to decline with the average child/teenager spending 3-4 hours per day using electronic media) e.g. television, gaming or computer).

The negative health consequences of childhood obesity and physical inactivity include hypertension and the appearance of atherosclerosis and type 2 “adult-onset” diabetes in children and teenagers. Since positive and negative behaviours established at a young age appear to track into adulthood, it is likely that inactive children will become inactive adults. The key is to value physical activity and help children develop healthy habits and behaviour patterns that persist into childhood.

At Tiger Athletic we model and support participation in developmentally appropriate fitness activities that are fun and supported by cultural norms, which have a powerful influence on a child’s health and activity habits. We offer well organised personal training sessions that give boys and girls the opportunity to experience the mere enjoyment of physical activity which will have long lasting effects on their health and well-being.

Our programs realise that youth have different compared to adults, hence adult exercise guidelines and training philosophies are not imposed on children. We provide developmentally appropriate physical activity programs for preadolescents that demonstrate our understanding of age specific needs and concerns.

While the absolute level of activity required to achieve and maintain fitness in youth has not been determined, the Children’s Lifetime Physical Activity (C-LPAM) is a child specific model that addresses the amount of physical activity necessary to produce health benefits associated with reduced morbidity and mortality.  This model highlights the minimum activity recommendations and optimal functioning standards for children and is thus the backbone of all Tiger Athletic youth fitness programs.

With our qualified instruction, enthusiastic leadership, and adherence to safety issues, children can safely enhance their fundamental movement abilities and be better prepared for successful and enjoyable participation in recreational activities and sport.

Tiger Athletic is a private, appointment only strength & conditioning gym in the heart of Sandton. We offer tailor made, goal oriented fitness programs based on an individualised approach to health and fitness assessment, motivation and goal setting, coaching science and client education.

You can start your journey to a healthier family by booking an initial consultation below. This first step, is a vital screening mechanism, instrumental in appraising health status and developing comprehensive programs of exercise to safely and effectively meet your goals.

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Boxercise is designed to be fun for children and to enrich their lives with physical literacy and basic life skills taught through  self defense & age appropriate exercise  with a personal trainer.

Improve your child’s mental awareness, coordination, strength, confidence, leadership skills, organization, speed, agility, and self respect! It all come from learning how to value and protect yourself through awareness, movement and boxing.

Boxercise is a safe, wholesome, useful activity for your child. Children have a progressive and positive alternative to television, electronic games and junk food. This program impresses upon your child the value of being able to set and follow through on goals by developing personal growth and self discipline in a .fun, supportive environment.

It is continuing education for kids. If your child is new to self defense training or  if your kids have found other ‘martial arts’ classes to be repetitive and boring, they HAVE to try Boxercise, this is a great place to learn valuable, age appropriate life lessons and get some healthy exercise. The advantages of this program are endless, for starters, it builds confidence, commitment and coordination.

Children are taught one on one or as a pair, in a manner that builds their self image and teaches them patience, focus and self discipline, that will help them become functional, successful adults. The best part of the program is that, IT’S FUN!

Children will learn valuable life skills, like, how to handle themselves in emergencies as well as daily situations. They learn about supporting one another, being aware of the environment and controlling their bodies while they learn self defense and environmental awareness techniques.

Boxercise teaches children basic blocks, footwork and punches as well as falls, rolls and escapes. Your child is not a ‘small’ adult, mentally or physiologically. They have specific characteristics that are consistent with other children in their age group, or stage of development; physically, mentally, socially and intellectually and the program delivery is sensitive to your particular childs’ stage of development. As children achieve higher levels of proficiency technically, the program follows an age appropriate program of physical activity taught at an age appropriate pace.

This program gives your child a large variety of physical and mental drills and practice on their life skills. Each class includes stretches, warm ups, drills, important skills and discussions of a personal development issue. Classes are tailored for children, keeping them interested and focused. Motivation is a key concept they learn in class and apply to the rest of their lives.

Tiger Athletic is a private, appointment only strength & conditioning gym in the heart of Sandton. We offer tailor made, goal oriented  fitness programs based on an individualized approach to health and fitness assessment, motivation, goal setting, coaching science and client education.

Your personal trainer is a coaching science graduate and holds a 6th degree black belt in Karate with 25 years experience as a high performance athlete and coach. He designs safe and effective exercise programs and provides the guidance to help clients achieve their personal goals through one on one’ or small group training.

Our ‘Fit for Life’, health first approach helps us to help you reach your goals safely and effectively through health and fitness assessment, best in class coaching, modern resistance, and cardio equipment, calisthenics, and boxing to provide a pragmatic, extraordinary 50-minute workout that is simple, efficient and effective.

Together changes everything. Lets workout.