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Doctors say most PE lessons neglect all-round fitness

30/11/2010
Just read this news article (click here) on how many school PE lessons are a bit rubbish when it comes to getting kids active (click here to read something I wrote a while ago about fitness testing in schools).

There are a couple of sentences in there that jumped out at me:

“Specialists in sports and exercise medicine say that too often PE lessons focus on developing sports skills rather than encouraging flexibility and movement.”

Movement in schools

Movement in schools

As always, I tend to think “it depends”…but generally speaking, we all need to learn to walk before we can run.  And almost everyone I see/coach want to do advanced, sexy exercises (fair enough, they are more interesting)…but they can’t do the simplest movements properly yet (they can’t “sit”, only “collapse”, they can’t “stand up straight”, only “slump upright”, they can’t “bend at the hips to touch their toes”, they can only “flop forwards and touch their knees” etc).

When you are building anything from the ground up, you must start with the foundations first, before moving on to the finer details.  And kids/people are the same.  Learn technical skills after the basics have been drilled in so they are second nature.

So a guy is trying to introduce new workouts for schools, called “5 in 5”.  I’ve tried to find out about these, but can’t find details on them yet.  If you know more about them, please contact me.  But they are described as:

“The five-in-five routines involve squatting, lunging, pushing, bracing and rotating.”

These moves are basic, everyday, fundamental moves that we all use everyday.  In fact, they sound very much like the foundation work that I find myself going through with the majority of the people I train.  So I want to find out a bit more about it first, but it sounds like something I might like.

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