Why Most Youth Strength Training Programs Suck

Why Most Youth Strength Training Programs Suck

The vast majority of youth “strength training” or “athletic performance” programs suck.


1. They fail to make you strong.

2. They don’t teach you how to move well – which is a pre-requisite for getting strong.

Here’s one of our 17-year-olds sumo deadlifting 190 kg / 418 pounds for 5 reps.

And it’s not uncommon for our 16- and 17-year-olds to do walking lunges with 80, 90, or even 100+ kg as you see here…

Not to toot my own horn or anything…

But our guys get strong.

And they do so while displaying good lifting form.

Unfortunately, this is hardly the case with most junior hockey players.

I’ve talked about what’s wrong with our current way of training young athletes before in detail in this post.

And now, STACK.com published my article where I explain the biggest mistake in youth strength training programs.

Read the full scoop here:

The Biggest Mistake in Youth Strength Training Programs

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Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for an elite junior hockey organization based in Espoo, Finland. He has trained hundreds of hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.