Best Youth Fitness Articles and Resources

Best Youth Fitness Articles and Resources

It’s tryout season and I’m playing the part of the guidance counselor to a profusion of parents and youth soccer players.

Some of the questions I have been hammered with:

“What team should my kid play for?”

“Will this team help them develop?”

“Will my son be challenged?”

“Do you know the coach?”

“Is he good? Can he teach?”

“Actually, can you just do a FBI investigation on the him?”

While most youth coaches would be overwhelmed with this bombardment of questions, I was happy to help. Getting on the phone with parents and guiding them through a stressful time and calming them during the noise warms my soul.

After all, parents want what is best for their kid in terms of player as well as personal development, and I could not be more on board with them phoning strong youth coaches in the industry.

In honor of being a breathing professional in this space, shelling out advice and providing parents with the best youth resources out there, I put together a compilation of my best articles, as well as videos and soundbites from other amazing youth strength coaches.

So put your reading glasses on, install that pull-up bar in your basement, and dive in:

Youth Strength Training

5 Core Exercises Young Athletes Should Be Doing Instead of Sit Ups

A Return To Play: Movement Training for Youth Athletes

How To Know When Your Child Is Ready To Lift Weights

Youth Soccer Fitness Training

Total Youth Soccer Fitness Program

Warm-Up, Speed, Coordination, Agility, and Fun Drills to apply to your practices or at home.

Get it HERE.

Youth Mental Training

This Type of Exercise Has a Powerful Effect On Kid’s Brains

Video: Why We Focus On The Vestibular System

Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Want to bring out the best in your kid, strengthen their strengths, and amplify their talents?

Multipliers is one of the best books I have read on leadership. It teaches us to hype up our youth players’ strengths so they build their confidence. Though a lot of corporate and organizational examples in this book, all of it can be applied to a team setting. Enjoy.

Kick the Scale

My friend and former D1 player Erin Mandras is a pioneer for eating disorders in athletes, as well as a teacher of self worth and confidence. Kick the Scale is the best website to learn about this prevalent issue and how to tackle with your female athletes.

Youth Speed Training

Basically, everything Lee Taft has put out.

Best Websites and People in Youth Fitness

Jeremy Frisch


Dave Gleason

Volt Athletics

Michael Boyle

Casey Wheel

Nathanael Littauer

Original Strength


Reed Maltbie

  • Mike
    Posted at 20:09h, 24 May Reply

    Can’t believe you left out IYCA and Siderfit

    • erica
      Posted at 22:00h, 24 May Reply

      Thank you, Mike. Will add. AMAZING ones!

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