Fitness for Kids – Coordination Exercises

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Certified personal trainer Margie Weiss demonstrates coordination exercises for kids.

    Margie Weiss

    Margie Weiss has been in the fitness industry all of her life, having been a national gymnast as a child, and mother/trainer to three international athletes. Owner-coach of MG Gymnastics, her team produced international stars for 15 years. Former owner of 2 Gold's Gym franchises, Margie is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in youth sports conditioning. She has trained international athletes, including her children. Her son, Michael, is a 2-time US Olympic figure skater and 3-time US National Champion. Currently, she is GGX (Group exercise director & instructor) for 3 Gold's Gyms, where one of her programs boasts 500 classes per month; she supervises 175 instructors. Having published many articles in the fitness field, she enjoys seeing progress in each of her participants. But the things that makes her most proud of the lives she has affected are her 5 grandchildren, all of whom live very close. Seeing their smiles makes every day worth smiling about!

    My name is Margie Weiss, and this is Kids Cardio Conditioning. This is a fun exercise for coordination and cardio. The object behind working your arms is that youre going to distract the child from the fact that they are going cardio, because what theyre going to be doing is running in place, but this is a hand-eye coordination drill thats really good and it's fun and the kids will take it away and they will practice it and they will come back and you will be amazed that they will have it the second or third time, especially, if you practice it in the mirror.

    We are going to start slow without walking and Ill show you what we are going to do. We are going to take our right arm straight to the ceiling, then we are going to take it to the side, then down and then into the side, then do it one more time. Take it up, take it out, take it down, take it side. Now, the left arm, then we do something different. Take it up, take it down, take it up easy, right. When you are standing in place and you are doing one at the time, easy, okay, now lets add something to the mix. Theyre going to jog, nice and easy at their own pace, now we are going to take just the right arm, take it up, take it out, take it down, take it out, take it up and out and down, now the left arm, just up, just down, just up and see what's coming right. Take it up and down, one more, we are going to do them together; up, one is out, one is down, one is out, up and out and down; every one starts here out, down and out, repeats again, up and out and down and out. Lets go faster, up, out, down, out, up, out, down, out, up, out, and then they screw up and that can get really funny because they can't do it. So, the idea is what they have done is a bunch of cardio because they have been jumping and running for 30 seconds to a minute, but they are so busy concentrating on what they are doing with their upper body, is great for your coordination but it also gives you that cardio kick that we are trying to do. If again you can't jump or hop with your feet coming off you can do the same things with your feet on the ground, so that your feet never quite leave the ground called low impact option for each of these. Parents try this too it, it's a real fun drill to do.