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Video Fitness Tip Calisthenics for Children

video fitness tip from last week and watch the proper progression to learn this movement. Just like with jumping jacks, with squat thrusts always stay on the toes to maintain balance and be able to move quickly.  Any time you’re flat-footed you’re going to have a tough time moving quickly, and as a result, be off balance.   Beginners and children should shoot for five squat thrusts, but don’t sacrifice form in order to do a few more reps. Leg drives are deceptively difficult and will definitely get anybody’s heart rate going.  The technique is pretty straight-forward and the key points are to keep the back flat and make sure that the balls of each foot touches the ground at the top and bottom of each stride.  Most children should be capable of doing 20-30 leg drives. Push-ups can be difficult calisthenics moves for children and adults to perform correctly.  There are many misconceptions dealing with the proper way for people to learn how to do this exercise, as some fitness folks think that doing bent knee push-ups is part of the teaching progression. The only way to learn how to do real push-ups is to do real push-ups.  Doing bent knee push-ups will actually make it tougher to develop the strength needed to perform proper push-ups.  You will develop more strength, the specific strength necessary to perform real push-ups, by working in the full push-up position.  Holding your body in the starting position – shoulders over hands, back flat and abs tight with toes on the ground – will develop strength, something bent knee push-ups don’t do. Children – and adults – who can’t do a push-up should work on getting into the proper starting position and holding it for 30 seconds.  Once this position is mastered, work on lowering the body to the floor slowly and under control – without trying to actually push back to the starting position – for several repetitions.  These “push-up negatives” will help to develop the strength necessary to be able to perform a proper push-up.  An upcoming video fitness tip will cover the teaching progression for performing a proper push-up. Calisthenics are an activity that the entire family, including children, can take part in together, regardless of the differences in age and fitness levels.  These four calisthenics movements offer families a great opportunity to promote family fitness and spend some time together.



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