When I was growing up my brother who played rugby was lifting weights, doing press ups, sit ups, going for runs and of course doing bicep curls.
I tried to copy him (maybe not the running) with the press ups, squats and curls.
Unfortunately we live in the age of Fortnite and Tik Tok, and some kids aren't copying their brothers. Kids aren't being shown how to be a stronger version of themselves. Not just physically STRONG but mentally STRONG as well.
In the CTC spartan sessions I've started giving the kids homework. Not English literature, but sets and reps of press ups, sit ups and squats to do at home. Not huge amounts, something along the lines of 5 sets of 5 reps of press ups, sit ups and squats every day.
5x5=25. That's 25 reps of press ups, sit ups and squats every day. That's 175 reps a week on each movement.
I want the kids to be strong, I want the kids to be doing the extras so when it comes down to it. They know they've been doing the work.
Building physical and mental strength takes time but it builds confidence, improves health at the same time.
Strength training doesn't harm children, sitting and doing nothing harms them.
The kids in the spartan sessions are building stronger versions of themselves.
One kid (who shall remain nameless) when he first started wouldn't talk to anyone, let alone complete a press up.
Now… he comes in says hello to everyone, asks me how my day was and completes 5 sets of 5 reps of press ups in his warm up.
Kids should be as strong as possible in life not just in Fortnite.