Hardbody Athlete: 3 Reasons Why Parents Should Consider Strength Training To Support Their Youth Athletes

As parents of aspiring elite athletes in sports like hockey and soccer, you’re always looking for ways to support your child’s athletic development effectively. At Hardbody Athlete, we emphasize the critical role of strength training not only for performance enhancement but also for its significant benefits in fat loss and overall physical conditioning. Here’s why strength training should be a pivotal part of your regimen.

Understanding Strength Training in Youth Sports

Strength training, often associated with building muscle and increasing strength, is also a powerful tool for achieving optimal body composition. This type of training involves exercises that build resistance against muscles, using free weights, bodyweight, or machines, tailored to the needs of parents of young athletes.

The Dual Benefits of Strength Training: Enhanced Performance and Fat Loss

  1. Boosted Metabolic Rate: Strength training increases muscle mass, which is more metabolically active than fat. This increase in muscle mass elevates the basal metabolic rate, meaning parents can burn more calories even at rest, aiding in fat loss and energy balance.
  2. Preservation of Muscle Mass: During intense stress seasons or dietary changes, there’s a risk of muscle loss along with fat gain. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass, ensuring you retain your strength and endurance throughout their sporting activities.
  3. Afterburn Effect: Post intense strength training, the body continues to burn calories at an elevated rate as it repairs and rebuilds muscle fibers. This excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) not only helps in long-term fat reduction but also in quick recovery.

Why Hardbody Athlete is the Ideal Home for Developing Elite Athletes

At Hardbody Athlete, we provide a scientifically backed, safe, and supportive environment for parents of youth athletes to thrive. Our programs are designed not just to enhance athletic performance but also to instill lifelong habits of health and fitness.

Integrating Strength Training with Family Involvement

Involving the whole family in understanding and supporting your athlete’s training can make a significant difference. By being part of the process, families help maintain motivation and can ensure that young athletes stay consistent with their training, which is key to seeing results.

Our Specialized Approach: German Body Composition Training

We utilize the German Body Composition (GBC) method, focusing on compound exercises and high-intensity circuits. This approach is not only effective in promoting fat loss but also in developing lean muscle, crucial for youth athletes in high-demand sports like hockey and soccer.

Join Our Community

Our comprehensive Fat Loss program is now available either digitally through the TrainHeroic app, complete with exercise demonstrations, progress tracking, and full support through a dedicated messaging system and a private Facebook group. This program is designed to jumpstart your strength training journey, ensuring you lose fat and gain muscle appropriately and healthily.


Strength training offers numerous benefits beyond the gym; it builds a foundation for athletic success and personal growth. At Hardbody Athlete, we’re committed to providing youth athletes and their families with the resources and support needed to achieve their dreams. Join us today and see how our personalized training approach can make a definitive difference in you and your child’s athletic journey and beyond.

For more information or to sign up for our program, visit our website or contact us directly. Let’s work together to build strong, confident, and resilient athletes ready to take on the challenges of elite sports.