Getting your child to exercise can be a challenge. In this edition of Child Wellness Wednesday, YNN's Marcie Fraser suggests motivation through a personal trainer.
"It might not be a bad idea if the kid needs someone to motivate them. Kids spend too much time in the house," said Tanya Dybowski, a gym member.
Age is an important factor to determine if your child should have a trainer.
"I don't think their muscles and their bones, tendons, ligaments are ready to be pushed to a certain limit," said Diane Lachtrupp-Martinez, a gym member.
"I had my first personal trainer when I was 16," noted Robert Davis, a gym member.
Kids are more skilled in sports than they were 15 years ago. However, that can leave a child vulnerable to injuries.
"Unfortunately their skill level exceeds their strength level, so we seeing a disproportionate number of injuries and it's because they need to get stronger," explained Bryan Briddell, a certified personal trainer.
Kids are getting stronger, and are performing better.
"I had thirteen home runs last year and I didn't have any home runs two years ago," said Rece McClements, a person training participant.
Cameron Adams, another personal training participant, said, "I've got a lot faster and more agile in my cuts in Lacrosse and a lot stronger ."
Briddell prefers to train several kids at a time. He has them work on agility using the ladder, build core strength using the weighted ball, band stretches for hips and thigh strengthening and a bit of free weights.
He said working out in groups has its benefits.
"It's a good opportunity to work out it's good to see my friends it is fun," said Briddell.
"It's fun to see friends out side of school," said Ryan Seales, a personal training participant.
Not every kid needs a trainer, and not every trainer has been certified.
Briddell suggested, "You can't train young athletes like little adults and that is what I see in the industry. We take an adult program and apply it to young athletes. It is my job to do a proper assessment and build a program around that."