...i would agree completly with the last writer, and would add one more suggestion: martial arts.
I was the small kid who was a late bloomer, and had the priviledge to train under master Kim Soo in houston Texas in the early 70's... back in the day when honor & discipline were coupled with a gentleness that nurtured those of us who were looking for some form of affirmation. This was also in the day when we were told that any fighting would result in our expulsion from the academy...
I would later go on to play a little college football, but my exposure to those years of martial arts helped me to believe in myself, and provided the mental discipline that i applied to every area of my life.
Your son is lucky to have a father that cares!
Los Angeles, California, US
----- Original Message ----
From: glen stewart <ironjungle4040@
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 12:20:14 PM
Subject: [Supertraining] Re: Training Question
Fast or Slow Twitch, the bottom line to most athletic endeavours is quickness... how quickly one performs the task.
Even events like the marathon, ironman triathlon, ultra-marathons, cross country skiing, Tour De France and the list goes on...is about how quickly can you complete the event!
One may argue that until a "speed athlete" ie middle distance specialist steps up to the marathon that a sub 2 hour time will be accomplished (but hey, that's another debate).
I agree with earlier observations. ..speed is the quintessential element that distinguishes success in many athletic endeavours.
As far as your young bloke is concerned, have him participate in a variety of activities (that he enjoys), specialising will hinder, not help.
Allow him the time to grow into his "feet". Long limbed kids take a bit longer to find their coordination. As their body weight increases, their balance will improve.
Performing appropriate strength training will also improve athletic ability.
The bottom line with "training/competiti on", allow him the enjoyment of being a youngster and find his own niche.
--- In Supertraining@ yahoogroups. com, rex icard <rex_icard@. ..> wrote:
> Hello Group Members,
> I have 2 sons one 17 and one 12. My 17 year old is straight fast
twitch, really fast and excels in athletics. He is 6 ft. 170 pounds
or so. My 12 year old is slow twitch and tall for his age. He did not
walk until he had tubes put into his ears as a child and does not
have the best balance. However, he has good athletic skill, but his
slowness and lack of balance are holding him back athletically. I
have read a few things saying that it is possible to work with
someone to help them recruit fast twitch muscle fiber and improve
their balance. Do any of you have an idea of some type of workout or
exercises maybe that would help him develop his speed and balance.
His balance has improved over the years but he still would improve
greatly with better balance. I'm sure he also needs to strengthen his
legs for sure but I thought maybe someone had dealt with similar
problems on this group. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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