BigDog’s Blog – Movement is like lego
Great session yesterday with my little tribe of Move Strong kids! These guys (the little ones and the big ones) have a special place in my heart. They’re so full of enthusiasm and energy, and they TRY so hard – but sometimes trying gets too hard and they need a BigDog pep-talk 🙂
Yesterday, we worked on wall-walks, and some kids were finding it frustrating because “it was too hard”, because “I’m not good enough,” because “I can’t do that!” I brought them in and we had a really good chat about achieving – when we want to achieve something, we need to work hard at it, we need to practice, we need to break the movement down into its little bits, scale it, make it more achievable, and work upwards from there.
I told them walk-walks (and any movement – and anything in life, really!) is like lego. A lego castle, for example, doesn’t just magically appear from a box. You have to connect all the little pieces together to make the whole. It takes time. It can be challenging, frustrating. But take the time to put each piece of lego together and in time you’ll have built a big and perfect castle of lego. Same with wall-walks and other skills we do at Move Strong – take the time to practice each component of the movement. Perfect each little piece. And then in time, you’ll be ready to put all the pieces together, perfectly and whole.
I believe all our Move Strong kids – all kids! – are inherently amazing. They can really achieve ANYTHING that they put their mind to. Some of them doubt this amazingness. It’s up to us – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, coaches, teachers, mentors – to blow away the shadow of their doubt, to let them bloom and grow in a nurturing environment of amazingness.
I love seeing the kids in our Move Strong Kids classes perform skills and working on their weaknesses, they are getting stronger, fitter, healthier and more confident about life general. What I love most, is when I see a child who is apprehensive, doubtful and down, suddenly brighten when they suddenly perform a skill correctly. When they suddenly realise with shining clarity that they CAN do it, that they can be – that they are – amazing.
If you have a child who is in need of more confidence – be it in their physical abilities, or emotionally – enroll them into our Move Strong Kids classes. Our classes are more than just strength and conditioning classes, they are self-esteem building, life-building.
For more info about our Move Strong Kids classes, go here: http://movestronggym.com.au/service/kids-classes/