KILOGEAR CUT Is Safe For Young Athletes

We are often are asked, “How early can my son or daughter start training in KILOGEAR?” We point to experts in the medical field, such the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, as well as almost every United States Children’s Hospital organization and they all recommend that children start incorporating resistance strength training as early as 7 or 8.

This question posed to us, has a lot to do with the numerous myths concerning resistance strength training and growth plate injuries. There is no direct correlation between resistance strength training and incidence or severity of injuries in youth athletes. The timing associated with when a child is ready for resistance strength training has more to do with their mental maturity vs their body’s maturity. Research by the Cincinnati Children’s Organization, published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, found zero evidence to back up any of those claims. Ironically, strength training can be used to actually reduce the risk of injury for a child who does play sports. Research proved, by measuring ground reaction forces, that when your child runs and jumps, high impulse loads from two to ten times their body weight pass through their open growth plates without causing any damage. That could be as much as 1,000 pounds of force that is safely dissipated by a child’s growing body. That amount is so much more than wearing KILOGEAR!!

So, if it is safe to wear KILOGEAR, why does it help?

KILOGEARtargets and activates the key muscle groups for the purpose of developing and strengthening them. The Institute of Training Science and Sports Informatics on Germany found that children and adolescents benefited from weight training. They grew stronger. The research concluded that “regardless of maturational age, children generally seem to be capable of increasing muscular strength.” It makes sense. We are born with all the muscle fibers we will ever have. A person never grows more fibers, they just grow thicker. We know that muscle development in toddlers affect fine and gross motor development. That’s why daycares are filled with objects toddlers can pickup and move. When toddlers are moving and physically working, they are not only developing coordination, but also developing cognitive skills. So, why do we stop challenging our children when they go to kindergarten? We’ve already acknowledged how important muscles are to our bodies. Just because our children can now run and climb stairs doesn’t mean we need to stop developing them. Those muscles are only as good as the nerves that direct them. Our muscles move on commands from the brain. The nerves in muscles are constantly producing and transmitting information to the spinal cord concerning movement, tone and positioning. This information is processed in the spinal cord and brain, and responses are immediately sent back to the muscles. This happens at any age and the earlier kids can hard-wire strength gains and movement patterns, the better.

KILOGEAR, helps train the nerves to recruit more muscle fibers to respond to an event, rather than making muscles grow. Clinical research has proven that children who strength train can improve their strength by 30% to 50% after just 8 to 12 weeks. To maintain that strength, they need to continue to train at least two times a week. If you don’t “use it” you’ll “lose it”. By incorporating KILOGEAR at age 7 or 8, you are not only helping them in the short term, but more importantly, helping them for their long term sport “goals". For example, at the start of any strength training program, a person or child starts at zero. If a 16 year old and 11 year old both start strength training, they both start at zero. Although the 16 year old will most likely be stronger than the 11 year old, they are theoretically starting at the same point in training their muscles. However, compare that with an 11 year old who has been training since they were 8 years old. Even though that 11 year old is younger than the 16 year old, they will be ready for more advanced training because they have more strength training experience. By the time they are 16 years old, they will be even more advanced than a 16 year old starting from level zero because their body will be more receptive to the training. That child will be more prepared for their sport and at a lower risk for injury since their body is more ready for the physical demands of the sport.

We know that children today are not getting the same amount of outdoor play or even PE at school like all the generations that came before them. Parents need to ensure that resistance strength training is incorporated into their child’s sports and free time. However, most parents don’t have the time or even the know what to do. KILOGEAR changes all of that. Now kids can start wearing KILOGEAR  during their sports or to school, allowing the body to develop functional strength over time. KILOGEAR activates key muscle groups, making the body work harder, building muscle, increasing stamina and endurance, without the child even knowing it. KILOGEAR is super comfortable and easy to wear, making it easy for parents to incorporate into their child’s life and lifestyle.