Setting Workout Goals Together

My son Jacob and I have been working out together for about two months now and I love seeing the sense of accomplishment on his face when he does something that he didn’t think he could do. We went to the Warrior Gym for the second time and Jacob went from just barely getting up the ten foot wall to making it to the twelve foot wall. The look on his face when he realized that his hard work is starting to pay off is something that I will remember for a long time. The more his confidence grew each time he made it up the twelve foot wall Jacob started trying different obstacles around the gym. The next obstacle that he try is called the spider wall. This is where there are two walls about five in a half feet apart and you have to jump up to from a small trampoline and reach out to both sides with your arms and legs. After you wedge yourself in between the two walls you have to strategically move along the wall for about fifteen feet without falling or losing your grip that you have with your hands and feet. This proved to be difficult for him since he is only five and a half feet tall so it takes every inch of him just to wedge himself between the two walls. After we left the gym he said that his next goal was to be able to run up the fourteen foot wall and complete the spider wall.

I love the fact that Jacob is starting to take a similar interest in working out as me. I also love that he sets goals for himself to be able to complete physical fitness obstacles and works hard to achieve these goals. The hard part is that I’m still a beginner and I don’t have all the knowledge. Jacob also has Scoliosis so I have to be cautious when it comes to certain exercises so that he doesn’t hurt his back. His physical therapist gave me a list of exercises that we can do at home and at the gym but I still have to make sure that he’s not over doing it and hurts himself. Just like any other kid when Jacob wants to do something he want to be able to it all right now. I remind him that this isn’t something that we can rush because that’s how we get injured.

Just like anyone else there are some workouts that he likes and others that he doesn’t like. He asks me why we have to do a certain workouts instead of this other workout. He doesn’t yet understand that we have to do certain things that you don’t want to because they workout a part of the body that needs to be strengthened to be able to complete a certain obstacle. One of the things he really doesn’t like to do is full arm extension pull ups. When we first started doing these he ask why he needed to be able to do them. I told him that since we both are not very tall that when we try to get up the fourteen foot wall we are going to have to pull ourselves up from a full arm extension position so that’s why we need to be able to do pull ups that way. I also tell him that the more upper body strength we have the easier other obstacles will be because we will have the body strength that is needed to complete them. Once I explained this to him it was as if the light went on and he understood why we do things that don’t seem important really are when we look at the overall picture.

Getting our kids into a regular workout routine now will make it easier for them when they’re adults.  I hope that Jacob doesn’t have to go through the same struggles I did when I first started but if he stays at it he’ll be on the right path.

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