Gym Laird #34 | Coach Joe Kenn - Athletic Development In Children

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In this episode of The Gym Laird Show, he is joined by the strength and conditioning coach of the Carolina Panthers, Joe Kenn.

They sit down to discuss the current state of children’s athletic develop and how organized sports have impacted them.

They also discuss the following:

– Why Kids need free play
– Everything today is coach led
– What happens when kids are in organized sports early on
– Why children are having movement issues
– Kids are not having fun these days
– If they’re keeping score then winning matters instead of fun
– Kids are only learning one position in organized sports
– Block Zero training
– Why is body weight strength important
– The importance of learning movement to avoid injury
– Why resiliency is needed
– The cost of tier sports
– Why you need to build your base level of movement
– A coach should recognize the strengths of each athlete or client
– Training for all athletes should not be the same
– Coach fed instead of peer led
– Why coaches shouldn’t push excessive weights on their clients
– Be happy with your PR’s
– The benefits of not missing a lift when max training

Coach Kenn’s mission as he is in the midst of his 3rd decade as a physical preparation specialist is to make a significant impact in the betterment of the field of strength and conditioning/performance training for like-minded up and coming coaches. He has dedicated his career to paying it forward with his experiences in improving the status of our field. Coach Kenn likes to remind people that he has coached athletes across many sports male and female and ages from 10 year olds to All Pro’s. Coach Kenn has coached on the high school level (Pine Crest Prep) and as private sector coach, he had a 19 year career as a collegiate coach (Boise State, Utah, Arizona State, Louisville, and now enters his 7 season as a professional strength and conditioning coach in the NFL.

To learn more about Coach Kenn’s work, click the following links:

2. Block Zero Book


Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Learn more about Jim on his blog:

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