Training for the young

Gym School

All youngsters between 13 and 15-years of age must attend "Teenage Gym School" before they are allowed to work out in our gym. The reason for this is we can see that many youngsters need guidance in the gym and we want to help them get off to a better start by passing on our view of weight training and spreading our gym culture.

The gym school is a single educational session in the gym where we provide general advice about weight training and our rules of conduct, a run-through of the basic exercises and tips on technique. After attending gym school, the trainer and reception follow-up and make a note that gym school has been passed. The youngsters then receive a "green light" and they are welcome to work out by themselves in our gym.

Each session takes approximately 60 minutes and it is booked in reception when buying the card or via our website. Remember you must be accompanied by a guardian when you make a purchase. If you are 13 to 15-years of age and you have previously held a training card, you are welcome to attend gym school, of course, but it is not a requirement.

Facts about training for youngsters

How dangerous is weight training for the young?

Weight training for children and youngsters using equipment and weights was long questioned. The recommendation used to be that the only stress should come from the body weight. Today, with more detailed knowledge and based on various research studies, there are no grounds for saying training with weights is dangerous. Providing that the training is done with knowledge, reasonable stresses and good technique. All-round, balanced and intelligent training results in muscle strength that stabilises the growing skeleton. Speed training and training for physical fitness are also meaningful during puberty.

What are the benefits of exercise and weight training for the young?

There are many benefits with regular physical activity and weight training for the young as there is for adults. Some of the most crucial effects of exercise are:

  • increased well-being
  • improved self-confidence
  • better concentration
  • better learning capacity
  • increased muscle strength
  • improved physical fitness
  • lower risk for stress injuries
  • stronger skeleton and increased bone density 
  • improved motor learning, which makes it easier to learn new movements.