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Strength Training

By Mary L. Gavin, MD, KidsHealth, 05/03/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Kids who strength train should learn proper technique and know how to use the equipment safely.

What Is Strength Training?

Strength training is a way to build muscles and strength using free weights, weight machines, and rubber resistance bands, or body weight. Kids and teens may want to do strength training to improve sports performance, treat or prevent injuries, or improve their appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Strength Training?

Strength training can help kids and teens build strong muscles. With a well-designed and supervised program, they can:

  • improve overall fitness and sports performance
  • increase lean body mass (more muscle, less fat)
  • burn more calories